AAOS Now, August 2016
Flawed GME Funding System Requires Changes
Graduate Medical Education (GME) is vital to the success of the healthcare system. Unfortunately, the current system of GME funding is greatly flawed. If we don't address the problem now, we risk a serious shortage of physicians, particularly specialists, in the future," said of Vanderbilt Orthopaedics in Nashville. Dr. Jahangir made his comments during an educational symposium on GME, moderated by Lisa K.
Orthopaedic PAC: The Resident Perspective and Futures Capitol Club
Interest in healthcare policy is increasing among orthopaedic surgery residents. Residents are beginning to recognize the impacts of ongoing changes in health care organization, distribution, and reimbursement on the future of the profession. Although some orthopaedic residency programs have added business and policy discussions to formal curricula, many focus solely on the academic and physical practice of this complex surgical specialty.
Orthopaedic Surgeons Should Prepare for New Laws
The AAOS estimates that approximately 150 new state laws have been passed during the past year that affect the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship. This article focuses on a few of the topics the new regulations address. The hottest issues for specialty medicine have been, and will continue to be, network adequacy and balance billing.
Second Look – Advocacy
These items originally appeared in AAOS Headline News Now, a thrice-weekly enewsletter that keeps AAOS members up to date on clinical, socioeconomic, and political issues, with links to more detailed information. Subscribe at www.aaos.org/news/news.asp (member login required). The U.S.
AAOS Comments on the MACRA Proposed Rule
On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and established the Quality Payment Program (QPP). In response, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and 13 orthopaedic specialty organizations submitted their comments to CMS on June 24, 2016. The letter is available on the AAOS website (www.aaos.org/macra).