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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

Cures Act Approved by House Committee

Following breakthroughs in bipartisan negotiations after the election, the 21st Century Cures Act is on a path toward passage. This long discussed legislation would inject billions in new funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and reform the drug and device review process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). AAHKS supported the bill in a joint letter… Read More

AMA News from Dr. Tanner, AAHKS Delegate

Edward C. Tanner, MD represented AAHKS at the AMA House of Delegates during their Interim Meeting in Orlando, Fla. last month. AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon from Pennsylvania, addressed the Orthopaedic Section Council about the recent presidential election and ensuring a voice within the new administration. Recommendations were made in the Board of Trustees… Read More

AAHKS Member Considered for HHS Appointment

Representative Tom Price (R-GA) is on the short list of candidates to be Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price is an orthopaedic surgeon and AAHKS member from Roswell, Georgia. As a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee, and Chairman of the Budget Committee, Dr. Price has spearheaded discussions around fair… Read More

AMA Offers MACRA Webinars

The American Medical Association (AMA) is offering several educational opportunities to help physicians understand  the requirements of the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) that was created by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The sessions have been scheduled to give physicians and their staff an understanding of  what the final rule means for their practice and… Read More