AAOS Now, September 2016
From Cleveland to Philadelphia with the Orthopaedic PAC
The Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC) enables orthopaedic surgeons and their practices to pool their political contributions and support candidates who will help the organization achieve its legislative objectives. This summer, representatives from the Orthopaedic PAC participated in the 2016 Republican and Democratic national conventions. Having members of the PAC at both conventions was more than just a symbol of the orthopaedic presence in the political arena.
The Evolving State of TJA Performance Measures
Performance measures, capturing the quality of care provided by surgeons and hospitals, are an increasingly important reality. Performance measures for total joint arthroplasty (TJA) have been an early focus for Medicare and other payers due to the volume of surgeries, the cost, and the potential for reimbursement through alternative payment models (APMs). The most readily applied APM for TJA is an episode of care bundled payment.