Orthopaedic Advocacy Week

Shaping Policy Through Rulemaking

On Day 3 of Orthopaedic Advocacy Week, 81 AAOS members added their name to an AAOS-led letter tackling regulatory issues impacting musculoskeletal care. One letter urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to halt expanded prior authorization requirements scheduled for July 1 in the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System. The other letter asked the American Medical Association’s/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee to revise the Evaluation and Management guidelines for Medical Decision Making, which were abruptly changed in March, and ensure that physicians are reimbursed for time spent ordering a test or study.

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More on Rulemaking

Though less visible than negotiations and headlines from Capitol Hill, the policy decisions which impact the day-to-day practice of orthopaedic surgery often come in the form of rulemaking by agencies and entities beyond the scope of elected officials. By adding your name to letters that will be sent to these “behind the scenes” policymakers, or weighing in on proposed policy changes, you can help highlight the essential role physicians play in administering care with attention to quality and value.