Annual Meeting, BPCI-A Changes
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Advocacy at Annual Meeting Preview

Annual Meeting 2019 is exactly one week away. As you plan your schedule to make the most of your time in Vegas, we hope you have advocacy on the agenda. Below is a preview of the booths, events and receptions being hosted by the AAOS Office of Government Relations and the Orthopaedic PAC.

How the AAOS Office
of Government Relations
is working for you…

  • Responded to the Senate Health Education and Labor Pension Committee’s request for ideas to help address America’s rising health care costs. AAOS recommendations include slowing the growing trend of hospital consolidation, incentivizing both the interoperability of electronic health records (EHR) systems as well as the use of registries, and finding a federal solution to the problem of inadequate insurance networks.
  • Alerted members to an anticipated amendment to the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model participation agreement, which is expected to eliminate the 50 percent cap on Net Payment Reconciliation Amount funds and allow them to flow to physician group practices.
  • Joined with organizations in urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide guidance to Medicare Advantage plans on prior authorization (PA) processes through its 2020 Call Letter, reiterating the care delays associated with PA and the resulting impact on beneficiaries and their health.

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BPCI Advanced Amendment Anticipated to Fix 50 Percent Cap

On February 27, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified conveners in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model of an anticipated amendment to the participation agreement. It said the amendment is expected to address five issues:1.      Application of 50 Percent Cap on NPRA Sharing

2.      Termination of Participation Agreement

3.      Secondary Repayment Source (SRS) Requirements and Calculations

4.      Identification of Eligible Clinicians Participating in BPCI Advanced for the Quality Payment Program (QPP)

5.      Telehealth Payment Policy Waiver

OrthoPAC Releases 2018 Annual Report

The AAOS Orthopaedic PAC (OrthoPAC) recently released its 2018 Annual Report. The 28-page document includes financial highlights, a 2018 election recap, summary of programs, and much more. Download the report to learn more about our best two-year cycle in OrthoPAC history and how we continue to be the most active and unified PAC in the entire physician community.

HHS Releases Long-Awaited Interoperability, Information Blocking Rules

On March 4, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) jointly released proposed rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information (EHI). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) explains that the rules would increase choice and competition while fostering innovation that promotes patient access to and control over their health information. They would also require patient electronic access to electronic health information be made available at no cost.

New Bill Targets Health Care Costs, Hospital Competition

On February 25, Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced the Fair Care Act – a bill working to address the major drivers of health care costs as well as obstacles hindering individuals from receiving insurance. This bill is comprised of five main sections which address commercial insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, prescription drugs, provider competition, and digital health care.

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



  • William Robert Martin III, MD, was recently appointed Chair of the Orthopaedic Section Council and will serve a two-year term from 2019-2020. The group is a collection of orthopaedic specialty and sub-specialty delegates in the AMA House of Delegates.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that aims to allow Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries to receive the most appropriate level of care at the right time and place with the potential for lower out-of-pocket costs. Learn more about the model here.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is conducting a study on the burdens associated with reporting quality measures in 2018. Apply to participate by the March 23 deadline and earn credit for the Improvement Activities performance category here.


  AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations

Did you know? Supporting our Orthopaedic PAC by phone is easy: simply text AAOS to the number 41444, and follow the link, no log-in required. We encourage our supporters to share this technology with your colleagues who have yet to renew or join and to encourage signing up on a recurring basis. For just $84 a month, or $250 a quarter you can become part of our Capitol Club Program. And don’t forget! The Orthopaedic PAC website features an online contribution center, which can accept contributions via credit card by visiting the site and using your AAOS login credentials. Credit card contributions can also be conveniently scheduled for a monthly, quarterly or yearly recurring donation. Visit and select Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC for more information or to contribute today.

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