AAOS Now, June 2019
Animal Rescue: Orthopaedic Surgeon Helps Stray Animals in Need of Surgical Care
John Keating, MD, is an Atlanta-based orthopaedic surgeon whose love for animals has led to the creation of Surgeons for Strays, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the healing of injured stray animals who would otherwise face continued pain—or euthanasia. Surgeons for Strays treats animals that are found outside or are being housed in neighboring shelters. Without surgery, the animals would otherwise be unadoptable due to the steep costs associated with necessary surgeries.
State and Federal Solutions to ‘Surprise Billing’
AAOS Now has covered out-of-network (OoN) billing in several previous articles, but the subject remains active in many state and federal legislative bodies. This article focuses on pending legislation and other potential solutions to address OoN billing as of May 1. (See the sidebar for a more recent legislative update.) Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurers have increasingly offered products with narrow, inadequate, and nontransparent networks.