Interoperability Updates; Health Disparities Podcast
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Updates to the Emerging Health IT Framework

On April 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) extended the comment period for the recently released Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT proposed rules on information blocking and interoperability (related Advocacy Now article ). The comment period has been extended to June 3, due to the complex nature of the rules and the wide-ranging impact they will have on the entire health care landscape. AAOS will be commenting on this issue.

On the same day, HHS also unveiled its second draft of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) that seeks to create Qualified Health Information Networks (QHINs) as a gold standard for promoting interoperability nationwide. There are several other addendums and agreements that would be included as part of the comprehensive TEFCA package, along with a Recognized Coordinating Entity (REC) that would oversee aspects of agreements between parties.

Ortho Discusses Bundled Payments in New Health Disparities Podcast

In the first episode of Movement is Life’s new “Health Disparities Podcast, ” orthopaedic surgeon Mary O’Connor, MD, shares her perspectives on bundled payments and disparities with health policy expert Bill Finerfrock. She explains that some policies may be exacerbating health disparities by ignoring the huge variance in circumstances for patients and forcing providers to exclude those who are more complex. Dr. O’Connor suggests that risk-adjustment may help to narrow these health inequities, a solution that AAOS has advocated for many times in conversations and comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

CMS Releases 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

On April 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its annual Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for fiscal year 2020. According to the agency, the rule focuses on a singular objective: transforming the healthcare delivery system through competition and innovation to provide patients with better value and results.

2019 Capitol Club Members Invited to Reception

The Orthopaedic PAC Executive Committee is hosting a “Toast to Twenty” reception in Washington, D.C., on June 5 from 7:00-10:00pm EST. All 2019 Capitol Club contributors are invited to help celebrate 20 years of the Orthopaedic PAC and meet members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. To RSVP, please email Also consider giving a birthday donation by texting ‘Birthday20’ to 41444.

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



  • Brainlab AG is recalling the Spine & Trauma 3D Navigation Software due to inaccurate display that may result in user misinterpretation. Read more about the recall here.
  • Applications for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model are being accepted now through June 24. More information about the model and application process can be found here.


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