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    Today’s Top Story
    GAO: Many children lack access to pediatric trauma centers, but effect on outcomes is not clear.
    A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that only 57 percent of 73.7 million children in the United States during the period 2011-2015 lived within 30 miles of a pediatric trauma center. The […]

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    Government shutdown may have little effect on physician pay.
    According to Modern Healthcare, physicians should continue to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, even if the U.S. Congress fails to prevent a partial shutdown of the federal government. However, the publication notes that providers who are curre […]

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    Surgeon general resigns; deputy to serve as acting surgeon general.
    USA Today reports that Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, has resigned as surgeon general of the United States, at the request of the Trump administration. Dr. Murthy is replaced in an acting capacity by RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams, PhD, RN, who has previously […]

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    Study: Checklist-based quality program linked to reduction in mortality following inpatient surgery.
    Data from a study published online in the journal Annals of Surgery suggest that implementation of a checklist-based surgical quality improvement program may reduce mortality following inpatient surgery. The authors […]

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    CMS seeks comments regarding physician-owned hospitals.
    An article in Modern Healthcare notes that, under the recently released U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) FY 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System Proposed […]

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    ACA Repeal Efforts, Ancillary Services Legislation, CMS Actions Continue

    We have recently updated our distribution list for AAOS Advocacy Now – if you believe you have been subscribed in error or if you would like to unsubscribe, please click here. Advocacy Now is a twice-monthly e-newsletter sent out by the AAOS Office of Gove […]

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    Today’s Top Story
    House legislation would limit medical liability damages for patients insured through federal programs.
    The New York Times reports that a bill under consideration in the U.S House of Representatives would, if enacted, impose new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private health insura […]

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    HHS secretary calls for physicians to offer input on payment models.
    Bloomberg BNA reports on statements from the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee, a committee called for under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reautho […]

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    Study: Physicians spend more time on “desktop medicine,” less on face-to-face interaction.
    A study published in the April issue of the journal Health Affairs suggests that over time physicians spend less time on face-to-face interaction with patients and more time working on computers. The researchers r […]