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Advocacy Now Archive

Advocacy Now is a bi-weekly publication produced by the AAOS Office of Government Relations to keep you on top of important legislative and regulatory issues. Questions or concerns can be emailed to

May 17, 2021: Get Ready For Orthopaedic Advocacy Week, Legislation Introduced to Reform Prior Authorization

April 15, 2021: The Bone Beat Podcast: Policy in Practice, Save the Date for Orthopaedic Advocacy Week.

April 1, 2021: Surpise Billing Prinicples, PAC Newsletter

March 18, 2021: The Bone Beat Podcast: Episode Library, Looming Medicare Cuts, $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Bill

March 4, 2021: The Bone Beat Podcast: Partisanship and Public Health in the New Administration, New Patient Advocacy Program, COVID-Relief Bill

February 18, 2021: Coalition Urges Congress to Extend Moratorium on Medicare Sequester Cuts, 2020 Orthopaedic PAC Residency Challenge

February 4, 2021: The Bone Beat Podcast: Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers, Applications Open for State Orthopaedic Society Health Policy Action Fund.

January 22, 2021: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, 2021 Unified Advocacy Agenda, New Administration Issues Healthcare Executive Orders

January 7, 2021: The Bone Beat Podcast: Shaping Health Policy During the Coronavirus Pandemic, AAOS Supports Coronavirus Vaccine

December 17, 2020: Payment Policy Changes, CMS Proposes New Rules to Address Prior Authorization 

December 3, 2020: Final Opportunity to Prevent Scheduled 2021 Medicare Cuts, 2020 Orthopaedic PAC State Participation Challenge 

November 6, 2020: The Bone Beat Podcast: Why the Election Matters for MSK Care, Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technlogy

October 8, 2020: The Bone Beat Podcast: Elimination of IPO and Shift to Outpatient Setting, Registry Program Partners with CMS on Bundled Payment Model 

September 24, 2020: Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, Get Out The Vote, Changes to Medicare Loans

September 10, 2020: The Bone Beat Podcast: Impact on Payment Policy Changes, Recap of In-District Advocacy Event, New Code Created for COVID-19 Practice Expenses 

August 26, 2020: Last Week of In-District Advocacy Event, Provider Relief Funds, Action Alert: Protect Access to Specialty Care

August 11, 2020: Member Poll: Alternative Payment Models, August In-District Advocacy Event, Payment Policy Proposals

July 28, 2020: Fourth COVID-19 Package, Administration Extends Public Health Emergency

July 14, 2020: Additional relief funds; Comments on IPPS, 4th COVID package, UHC imaging policy

June 30, 2020: CAAP Program, Misvalued codes, CJR comments, QPP flexibilities, Upcoming webinar

June 16, 2020: New position statement, Prior authorization reform, Targeted relief, AMA meeting

June 2, 2020: Liability bill, COVID support programs, Prior authorization, Medicare Advantage

May 19, 2020: HEROES Act, Practices receive relief funds, IPPS proposed rule, Buehler primary

May 5, 2020: Fourth relief package, More regulatory changes, Pending medical liability reform

April 21, 2020: Resuming elective surgery, Advocacy for relief programs, OrthoPAC annual report

April 7, 2020: AAOS COVID-19 webinar, Advocacy poll, Small business relief, Regulatory changes

March 24, 2020: SPECIAL EDITION: Advocacy news and information related to the COVID-19 pandemic

March 10, 2020: Interoperability changes, PRORP push, CJR statement, Biological product update

February 25, 2020: Extension for CJR model, Advocacy action alert, New resident advocacy fellows

February 11, 2020: Medicare Advantage changes, Surprise billing debate, Price transparency comments

January 28, 2020: Scope of practice, PRORP funding, Acupuncture coverage, Surprise billing reform

January 14, 2020: Shoulder code update, Scope of practice, AUC program, Health Care Policy Award