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June 27, 2017

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AAOS to Comment on 2018 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

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Reminder: G-Code Reporting – Starts July 1!

Quality Payment Program Updates

Congratulations to Kay Kirkpatrick, MD - Officially Sworn in as State Senator!

AMA House of Delegates – Annual Meeting 2017

Political Graphic of the Week

State Corner: State Orthopaedic Societies Tackle Workers Compensation Issues

What We're Reading

5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

New Resident PAC
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PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Thank You to Our Current Orthopaedic PAC Advisor’s Circle Members!

AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations

 
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CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Updates, Congress Prepares for July 4 Recess
 
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AAOS to Comment on 2018 Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would make changes in the second year of the Quality Payment Program, including participation requirements for 2018. The Quality Payment Program—which replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015—includes two tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track and the Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) track. The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been working closely with CMS to address a number of concerns related to the Quality Payment Program, including the need for additional flexibility and simplification, as well as protection for small, solo, and rural practices. In this proposed rule, CMS has taken significant steps to respond to these concerns, and AAOS will be providing CMS with further comments by the August 18 deadline.

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New pain relief toolkit

Doctor-patient discussion about opioid addiction and misuse can be difficult. To help prepare our members for conversations with their patients, the Academy recently launched a new pain relief tool kit. The online resource includes pre- and postoperative discussion talking points on pain relief, common pain relief solutions, orthopaedic and emergency department opioid strategies, a questionnaire for determining patient opioid addiction risk, and safe use storage and disposal strategies/resources.

Help us spread the message
The U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, with millions of people dependent on or misusing prescription painkillers. To help combat this issue, the Academy also launched a public service announcement (PSA) campaign that includes print and radio ads urging doctors and patients to exercise caution in prescribing and taking opioids. The following are ways that members can help us spread the message on the dangers of opioid misuse.

  • Order free opioid PSA wall posters for your office by emailing media@aaos.org, or online in the “Store” at AAOS.org.
  • Share the PSA ad on your professional and personal social media pages using hashtag #PrescriptionSafety.
  • Share articles, facts, and statistics on opioid misuse on your practice web page or social media platforms.
  • Promote your expertise by authoring a short prescription-safety related blog-post for A Nation In Motion®.
  • Direct your patients to OrthoInfo.org for safe pain management strategies. OrthoInfo.org/PrescriptionSafety.
 
 
 
 
Reminder: G-Code Reporting – Starts July 1!

On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017. Originally, CMS proposed collection of post-operative data in three ways. The first prong would collect claims-based data on the number and level of visits in 10-minute increments from all physicians who perform Global Code (G-code) procedures.The second method would be a survey of physicians and the third would be data collection from the accountable care organizations (ACOs). The claims-based universal data gathering proposal was deemed extremely burdensome on our surgeons and not in line with the intent of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) statute. AAOS commented to CMS explaining these issues as well as joined other surgical specialties in legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts to urge CMS to reverse this proposal.

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Quality Payment Program Updates

QPP

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) then replaced it with the Quality Payment Program. Remember – the Quality Payment Program has two tracks you can choose: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) OR the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). AAOS has shared the details of QPP and MIPS, which can be found on our website, here: www.aaos.org/MACRA_QualityPaymentProgram/ and here: www.aaos.org/MACRA-DeliveryReform/.

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Congratulations to Kay Kirkpatrick, MD - Officially Sworn in as State Senator!


Kay Kirkpatrick, MDOrthopaedic surgeon, Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, MD (R-Marietta) was officially sworn into her first term as a Georgia State Senator during a ceremony at the State Capitol on June 2, 2017.

“I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to serve my fellow Georgians in the state senate,” said Sen. Kirkpatrick. “I am eager and excited to begin working with my new colleagues in the General Assembly as we look to create meaningful solutions to some our state’s most pressing issues.”

Sen. Kirkpatrick was joined by her husband, Thomas, and daughter, Sydney, as she was sworn in, marking the beginning of her tenure as a state senator. Sen. Kirkpatrick represents the 32nd Senate District, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.


AMA House of Delegates – Annual Meeting 2017

AAOS delegate members met in Chicago, Illinois from June 10-14, 2017 for the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) Annual meeting. The HOD is the legislative and policy-making body of the AMA and is composed of hundreds of physicians, medical students, residents and fellows. The delegation addressed several issues to promote medicine and improve public health.

The House voted against caps on federal Medicaid funding to ensure physicians have flexibility to respond to their patients’ needs. The HOD agreed to continue working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide quality of care to veterans and advocate new funding for the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). In addition, the HOD adopted a series of resolutions that affirmed the organization’s commitment to patients’ health and well-being, regardless of immigration status.

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State Corner: State Orthopaedic Societies Tackle Workers Compensation Issues

The New York State Orthopaedic Society and the Florida Orthopaedic Society, to be used in conjunction with a grant from the State Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee, created a survey to tackle an ongoing issue in worker’s compensation. Silent preferred provider organizations (PPOs) are an arrangement where an entity leases out discounted services negotiated for one group of payers to another group of payers without the providers' authorization. Essentially, the medical provider is providing out-of-network services at in-network prices. This arrangement allows worker’s compensation companies participating in the silent PPO to access physicians with which there is no contract. Patients (and other insuring entities who are members of the Silent PPO) may then access the lowest discounted rate of the healthcare provider, even though the patient is not directly a member of the plan contracted to the healthcare provider. The worker’s compensation entity network "shops" around to find the lowest rates a physician has agreed to with any insurer, then "rents" that discounted rate to another entity without the physician's knowledge or permission.

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ImageWhat We’re Reading

CBO: Senate Obamacare Repeal Would Leave 22M More Uninsured, The Hill, 6/26/17

Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule Introduces Virtual Group Policy, Health Leaders Media, 6/26/17

Key Moderate Says He Opposes Senate Health Bill, Axios, 6/23/17

Four GOP Senators Not Ready to Support Obamacare Repeal Bill, Morning Consult, 6/22/17

Hospital Groups on Senate Health Bill: Go Back to Drawing Board, Bloomberg Politics, 6/22/17

Senate Bill Poses Risks to Health Care Companies, The Wall Street Journal, 6/22/17

Inside McConnell’s Plan to Repeal Obamacare, Politico, 6/22/17

Physicians Still Waiting for Guidance on Medicare ID Card Changes, Modern Healthcare, 6/21/17

Draft Order on Drug Prices Proposes Easing Regulations, The New York Times, 6/20/17

Senate Obamacare Repeal Vote Possible Next Week, Roll Call, 6/19/17

Democrats Aim to Stymie Senate GOP’s Health Care Efforts, Morning Consult, 6/19/17

 

5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), this initiative will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the existing Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) both on the cards and in various CMS systems in use now. New cards will be mailed to people with Medicare benefits in April 2018. All Medicare cards will be replaced by April 2019.

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Thank You to Our Current Orthopaedic PAC Advisor’s Circle Members!


To learn more about the Advisor’s Circle, email Stacie Monroe at monroe@aaos.org.
 
     
  AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations

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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