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    December 1, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. SGR reform has bipartisan support, but clock is ticking.
    AMA Wire reports that support for the elimination of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is building in the U.S. Congress, but notes that lawmakers in the so-called “lame duck” session have a long agenda of items to add […]

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    November 3, 2014
    Today’s Top Story
    1. CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule.
    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. The rule includes changes to fees for physician services, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electron […]

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    October 1, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. Open Payments website opens to public confusion, doubts about accuracy.
    As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) website on Sept. 30, amid concerns among providers about the accuracy of the informatio […]

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    September 3, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. CMS continues to tune Open Payments site; pushes review deadline to Sept. 10.
    The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced further delays and outages for the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) website. In response to questions raised by a trade group regarding transparen […]

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    July 2, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. AANS and CNS joint panel updates guidelines for fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine.
    The American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves has released an updated set of […]

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    June 2, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. Study: Immobilization in abduction and external rotation may reduce recurrence risk after primary anterior shoulder dislocation.
    Data from a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery suggest that immobilization with the shoulder joint in abduction and external r […]

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    May 2, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. More than 300 orthopaedic surgeons meet with congressional representatives during NOLC. 
    On Thursday, May 1, hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons met with their congressional representatives as part of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (N […]

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    April 2, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. SGR patch signed into law; delays cuts until April 1, 2015.The U.S. Senate has passed, and President Obama has signed into law, another patch to delay until April 1, 2015, a cut to Medicare physician reimbursement called for under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The bill passed the Hous […]

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    March 3, 2014

    Today’s Top Story
    1. AAOS announces national call-in effort in support of SGR repeal.AAOS is asking members to call their Congressional representatives in support of H.R. 4015/S. 2000—a bicameral, bipartisan bill that would, if enacted, permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. An agreem […]

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    February 4, 2014
    Today’s Top Story
    1. Johnson & Johnson to release study data through YODA.
    Forbes reports that Johnson & Johnson has reached an agreement with the Yale School of Medicine Open Data Access Project (YODA) to review requests from researchers for study data on the company’s products. The program will initially […]