AAOS Now

Published 4/1/2019

Advocacy in Action

How the AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) is working for you …

  • Submitted recommendations to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to help address America’s rising healthcare costs. They included slowing the growing trend of hospital consolidation, incentivizing both the interoperability of electronic health records systems as well as the use of registries, and finding a federal solution to the problem of inadequate insurance networks.
  • Succeeded in getting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to eliminate the 50 percent cap on Net Payment Reconciliation Amount funds, allowing them to flow to physician group practices. AAOS actively advocated for the change, which is part of an anticipated amendment to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model participation agreement.
  • Encouraged the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights to adapt existing Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations for improving coordinated care and the doctor-patient relationship, while protecting patient privacy. Highlights include industry standardization with documentation and administrative requirements, as well as data ownership and regulatory revisions.

For more information on all AAOS advocacy efforts, visit www.aaos.org/dc.

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