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Published 2/1/2019

Advocacy in Action

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

Voiced AAOS’ support for the Department of Health and Human Services–led plan to promote choice and competition in America’s healthcare system. Among the report’s recommendations are numerous AAOS legislative and regulatory priorities, including lifting restrictions on physician-owned hospitals, reevaluating site neutral payments, repealing certificate-of-need laws, preventing hospital consolidation, and increasing price transparency.

Urged the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to reinstate the financial methodology for physician reimbursement used in Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) Classic in the BPCI Advanced model. This measure would incentivize physician group practices to participate by allowing excess funds to flow and help offset overhead or related costs.

Reiterated AAOS’ concern about any change to the value of Current Procedural Terminology codes for total hip arthroscopy and total knee arthroscopy, which were recently identified as “potentially misvalued.” Changes to the relative value units for these procedures could impair patient access to high-quality orthopaedic care.

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

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