AAOS Now, April 2010
Obama gets his wish
House Democrats pass Senate version of healthcare reform In a late-night vote—and without a single Republican supporter—the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590), the healthcare reform bill that the Senate had passed on Dec. 24, 2009. The final tally was 219 to 212. The vote sent the bill to the White House for President Obama’s signature.
Concerns surrounding HR 3590
Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will enable many more Americans to purchase and keep their health insurance, several of its provisions do not correspond to the AAOS “Principles of Healthcare Reform and Specialty Care.” In particular, the AAOS believes that the following issues are problematic and need to be addressed. HR 3590 creates a Medicare Advisory Board that is not accountable to anyone except the president.
U.S. joint registry gets underway
Pilot data collection system to be implemented later this year According to Dr. Lewallen, the registry plans to implement a pilot system for data submission this summer and hopes to begin accepting data in the fall. “Then, over the next couple of years, we will work to achieve what has been identified by the international registry group as a true national registry, with more than 90 percent of hospitals reporting nationally,” he said.
Meet your new leaders
New members of the AAOS Board of Directors were announced at the 2010 Annual Meeting. These dedicated professionals, representing several orthopaedic subspecialties, share a strong spirit of volunteerism and commitment to the Academy. John R. Tongue, MD Second vice president “I became an orthopaedic surgeon because I wanted to fix things for my patients,” said John R. Tongue, MD.