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February 7, 2017

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Energy and Commerce Health Care Reform Agenda

AAOS, OTA, and Others Host Extremity War Injuries Symposium

Ortho Surgeons Talk Physician-Owned Hospitals

State Corner: The State of Visiting Team Physician Legislation in the States

Advocacy at the Annual Meeting Š Mark Your Calendar!

What We're Reading

Political Graphic of the Week

Quality Payment Program Resources

PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Learn More About the AdvisorÕs Circle

AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online Contribution Center and Mobile

 
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AAOS Website

AAOS Calendar

House of Representatives Legislative Activities

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Congress Starts Hearings on ACA Repeal, AAOS Holds Extremity War Injuries Symposium
 
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Energy and Commerce Health Care Reform Agenda

Republicans have begun considering a handful of bills in various committees – including the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee – that could make up part of the plan to replace the ACA.

“First, our committees are set to begin holding legislative hearings on bills to deliver relief for Americans struggling under Obamacare,” stated House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a press conference in January. “This is the next step in a step-by-step approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare with an affordable, patient-centered system. We know that this law is collapsing. We hear it every day from our constituents. We hear it from the families who tell us the deductibles are so high, it doesn’t feel like they have insurance. We hear it from the people who have been denied choices. This law is collapsing, and we need to step in and restore real choices and real competition so that we can actually lower costs for patients and families.”

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AAOS, OTA, and Others Host Extremity War Injuries Symposium
 

On January 31, 2017 through February 1, 2017, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), in partnership with the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons (SOMOS), and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) hosted physicians and researchers in Washington, DC for the 2017 Extremity War Injuries Research Symposium. The twelfth annual EWI symposium, Homeland Defense as a Translation of War Lessons Learned, focused on disaster preparedness as well as an ongoing research agenda that highlighted state-of-the-art research and identified gaps in the treatment of extremity trauma. The two-day program included presentations and collaborative discussions on domestic readiness, disaster education, communication between providers, and developing response teams.

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Ortho Surgeons Talk Physician-Owned Hospitals

Orthopaedic Surgeons from the Rothman Institute in Pennsylvania came to Capitol Hill this week to advocate for physician-owned hospitals and the patients who receive high quality care at these facilities. As negotiations continue on the specifics of Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal, orthopaedic surgeons work to include a repeal on the ACA’s controversial restrictions on these hospitals.

The group also helped secure cosponsors for Rep. Sam Johnson’s (R-TX) legislation that would repeal Section 6001 of the ACA, which prevents any new physician-owned hospitals from participating in Medicare or Medicaid and prevents existing hospitals from expanding. These restrictions must be lifted to ensure Medicare patients have access to high quality health care, as these hospitals provide some of the highest quality care in the country. Physician-owned hospitals also inject much-needed competition into the marketplace, forcing traditional hospitals to improve and innovate.

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State Corner: The State of Visiting Team Physician Legislation in the States


Certificate of need (CON) laws require health care providers and facilities to receive permission from the government before they can offer certain services, purchase certain equipment or expand their facilities. Often times, the process to receive approval from the state government is costly and cumbersome. State orthopaedic societies are working to dismantle these laws to lessen the burden of expanding or creating an orthopaedic practice.

Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association (MOA)

Last year, Dr. R Scott Oliver (right) and the Massachusetts Orthopaedic Association (MOA) met with Governor Charlie Baker and his staff to ask him to repeal the state’s determination of need (DoN) law – known as certificate of need in most states. This meeting was facilitated through the Republican Governors Association. The MOA also advocated for DoN reform to Lt. Governor Karyn Polito (right). The Massachusetts state government came out with recommendations in December that were accepted in January as law.

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Advocacy at the Annual Meeting Š Mark Your Calendar!


With a new administration and new Congress, 2017 promises to be a busy year for healthcare reform. Whether you are elated or deflated by the 2016 election results, many legislative and regulatory issues central to orthopaedic practice and the orthopaedic profession as a whole are at stake. Mark your calendars and plan to take advantage of the following advocacy opportunities at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

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What WeÕre Reading

House Considers Elements of Obamacare Replacement, The Hill, 2/2/17

Republicans Suspend Rules, Push Price Nomination to Senate Floor, Medpage Today, 2/1/17

Health Insurers Warn of Wider Defections from ACA Marketplaces for 2018, The Washington Post, 2/1/17

Obamacare Repeal Timeline Puts Insurers in Deadline Crunch, Washington Examiner, 1/31/17

Healthcare Industry Celebrates One-In, Two-Out Executive Order, Modern Healthcare, 1/30/17

Republicans Roll Out Their Obamacare Replacements, Washington Examiner, 1/30/17

First Health Care Repeal Deadline Missed by Congress, Roll Call, 1/27/17

McConnell Wants to Finish Work on Obamacare Quickly, The Hill, 1/27/17

After Retreat, GOP Decided Little on Health Plan, Morning Consult, 1/26/17

Health Insurers Quietly Shape Obamacare Replacement with Fewer Risks, Reuters, 1/25/17

Rand Paul Unveils Obamacare Replacement, The Hill, 1/25/17

House Republicans Feel Big-Footed on Obamacare, Politico, 1/25/17

HHS Nominee Says Congress Will Determine New Health System, The Wall Street Journal, 1/24/17

Political Graphic of the Week



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Quality Payment Program Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted new resources to the Quality Payment Program website to help eligible clinicians and data submission vendors successfully prepare to participate in the program. According to the agency email announcement, CMS encourages these eligible clinicians, registries, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and electronic health record (EHR) vendors to visit the website to review the new materials and information, including:

For Clinicians:

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PAC Participation Leader Board by State


Click here, to view the interactive version of the map below, which features each state’s PAC support through September 1, 2016.

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Learn More About the AdvisorÕs Circle


In 2016, the Orthopaedic PAC announced a new program specifically designed for group practices, called the Advisor’s Circle. If your group practice is looking to become more involved in the political advocacy arena, or for more sophisticated opportunities, the Advisor’s Circle offers just this. We have created a tiered benefits structure that offers unique activities that will exponentially increase your partners’, your practice’s, your patients’ and your own political reach. Benefits vary, from congressional fundraising retreats; to legislative fly-in assistance and in-district training and PAC checks; even a leadership role in bringing forth priority issues to the PAC Executive Committee. The Advisor’s Circle has a broad array of benefits that are completely separate from our individual donor benefits.

To schedule a one on one meeting to learn more about the Advisor’s Circle and a free assessment of your group’s needs email Stacie Monroe at monroe@aaos.org.

 
 
     
  AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online Contribution Center and Mobile

image Orthopaedic PAC is now mobile! Supporting by phone is easy: simply text AAOS to the number 41444, and follow the link, no log-in required. We encourage our supporters to share this technology with your colleagues who have yet to renew or join and to encourage signing up on a recurring basis, for just $84 a month, or $250 a quarter you can become part of our Capitol Club Program. And don’t forget! The Orthopaedic PAC website features an online contribution center, which can accept contributions via credit card by visiting the site and using your AAOS login credentials. Credit card contributions can also be conveniently scheduled for a monthly, quarterly or yearly recurring donation. Visit www.aaos.org/pac and select Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC for more information or to contribute today.

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