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House Ways and Means Medicare Hearing

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) held a hearing entitled “Preserving and Strengthening Medicare” on Wednesday, March 16th at 10:00 AM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building. At the hearing, legislators discussed “ways to put Medicare on a sustainable path for all generations and keep it from going bankrupt.”

“It is time we take the next steps in improving the Medicare program,” Tiberi stated. “Meeting with Medicare providers around my district and state, a resounding concern that I have heard is that overbearing regulations are increasingly burdening providers and seem to be driving out and discouraging small providers. I’m worried about the direction we’re heading. I am hopeful that my colleagues on the Ways and Means Committee and in Congress can work with the new Administration to spur innovation and reduce regulatory burdens across the Medicare program.”

AAOS submitted a letter for the record, commending Chairman Tiberi and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) for holding the hearing and thanking them for their willingness to consider necessary changes for Medicare programs and payment systems.

“Medicare provides federal health insurance for 57 million people and is a major portion of the country’s budget,” the letter states. “It is projected that between 2010 and 2050, the population ages 65 and older will double, from about 40 million to 84 million people. Musculoskeletal conditions are extremely prevalent in this elderly population and orthopaedic surgical interventions offer elderly patients the ability to maintain an active lifestyle and improve their overall health and quality of life. Medicare continues to face both short-term and long-term fiscal challenges that impact both patients and providers. The AAOS respectfully requests that the subcommittee consider our comments, which will help to improve quality and access to musculoskeletal care for our Medicare patients.”

To read the AAOS comments, click here.

To watch the hearing online, click here.