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Three-Month Delay for CJR Expansion

CMS announced this week that the effective date of the final rule for the Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR) has been pushed back again to October 1, 2017. This includes delaying implementation of the CJR model, which could make it… Read More

AAHKS Signs Letter Urging Reduction in Regulatory Burdens

In a letter to CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, AAHKS joined numerous medical societies and subspecialty organizations urging the CMS to ease regulatory burdens. “We urge the Administration to take a series of steps to address these same challenges in MU, PQRS, and VM prior to their replacement by MACRA and minimize the penalties assessed for physicians who tried… Read More

AAHKS Signs on to CEHRT Delay

In a letter to CMS this week, AAHKS signed on with the AMA and other medical societies to request the CMS and ONC delay implementation of the 2015 Edition of certified electronic health record technology (CEHRT) until it’s more widely available on the market. The letter details four reasons for the request to delay. Read the letter.

Tom Price Confirmed to Lead HHS

Sen Barrasso, Dr Santore and Dr Price in 2010

Congressman, Tom Price, MD, was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) early Friday. Dr. Price’s experience as an orthopaedic surgeon gives him a critically important perspective on the real-world impact of health policy including the importance of access, coverage, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical decision making and challenges of navigating… Read More

AAHKS Leaders Meet with Congress

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More than 40 Members of the AAHKS Board of Directors, Committee Chairs and staff are in Washington, D. C. to communicate AAHKS’ advocacy agenda to Congress. After hearing from Danielle Steele, Health Policy Counsel to the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgress (R-TX) and Philo Hall of Epstein Becker & Green about CMMI, they headed to Capitol Hill.… Read More

AAHKS Comments on CMS Patient Relationship Codes

As part of their Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP), CMS is developing categories of patient relationship codes for use in episodes of care. While AAHKS believes that these codes can ultimately be useful for patient care, some changes do need to be made before utilization. This will be an evolving process but initial comments can be found in… Read More

AAHKS Calls for Repeal of IPAB

AAHKS joined medical specialty societies in a letter to the U.S. Congress asking to repeal the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). “The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), not only poses a threat to that access but also, once activated, will shift healthcare costs to consumers in… Read More

CMS Announces More APMs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced more new opportunities for clinicians to join Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) to improve care and earn additional incentive payments under the Quality Payment Program, which implements the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as a payment alternative to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). Beginning in… Read More

VAs Given Direct Access to APRNs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a final rule this week that permits advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), who are VA employees, full practice authority in all states. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, three types of APRNs are included in the rule; however, certified registered nurse anesthetists were excluded. AAHKS signed on to a letter with… Read More

Senate Finance Committee Releases Report on Concurrent Surgeries

The United States Senate Committee on Finance released a report this week on the practice of concurrent and overlapping surgeries. According to the committee’s news release, the report “outlines a number of shortfalls at the federal level in monitoring and auditing teaching hospitals to ensure they are in compliance with Medicare billing restrictions, while also making a number… Read More