AAOS Now, August 2008
Will the Medicare formula ever be fixed?
When short-term victories are not “wins” for physicians In 2002, the first negative impact was felt from the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR)–based Medicare physician payment formula. Since then, the primary goal for all physician associations has been to correct the flawed Medicare physician fee schedule. Like the monster in a “B” horror movie, the flawed payment formula issue emerges from the swamp.
AAOS Act introduced in Congress
AAOS members encouraged to contact representatives for support On July 10, 2008, the historic “Access to America’s Orthopaedic Services Act of 2008” (AAOS Act) was introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Hilda L. Solis, D-Calif., and Michael C. Burgess, MD, R-Texas. The bill (HR 6478) seeks to raise awareness of musculoskeletal diseases and conditions among legislators, healthcare professionals, and the public.
“Your lives are going to change”
Pundit calls 2008 “a disaster” for Republicans Tucker Carlson didn’t seem bothered that his MSNBC show Tucker had been recently cancelled when he addressed attendees at the 6th Annual Orthopedics, Pain Management, and Spine-Driven ASC Conference in Chicago. What did bother him was that Sen. Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic presidential nomination. Tucker Carlson Courtesy of MSNBC Mr.