AAOS Now, August 2016
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).
Women in Orthopaedics: The Attraction Is Mutual
Is orthopaedics making any progress in gender diversity? Despite the naysayers, orthopaedics has, in fact, made great strides in gender diversity—and has a promising future. In 2014, women made up half of undergraduate students, 44 percent of medical students, and 14 percent of orthopaedic residents. As Table 1 shows, the percentage of female residents in orthopaedics is slowly increasing—yet remains lower than in other surgical specialties. But figures can be deceiving.