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HHS Task Force Approves
Final Pain Management Recommendations

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Congress Holds First
“Medicare for All” Hearing

State Corner: Florida Certificate-of-Need Repeal Awaits Governor’s Signature

2019 Capitol Club Members Invited to Reception

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HHS Task Force Approves Final Pain Management Recommendations

During a two-day meeting May 9-10, the Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force) voted and approved the Final Draft Report . AAOS member John J. McGraw, MD, was one of only two surgeons (ortho and dental) on the Task Force. The report, which is expected to be made available by May 30, emphasizes the importance of providing balanced, individualized, patient-centered pain management to ensure better clinical outcomes for pain that improve quality of life and functionality for patients. The final report also clarifies the frequently misquoted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and endorses a broad framework for approaches to treating acute and chronic pain.

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How the AAOS Office
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  • Worked with a coalition of stakeholders to develop a demonstration model through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation that would allow physician-owned hospitals to expand if they meet certain quality and other criteria.
  • Attended the meeting of the Health and Human Services Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force, where the group approved its final recommendations for acute and chronic pain management. AAOS also provided comments on the draft report.
  • Celebrated the Florida Orthopaedic Society’s successful advocacy in getting the state legislature to pass a bill that will repeal burdensome certificate-of-need laws which have created barriers to new competition and to lowering costs.

For more information on all AAOS advocacy efforts, visit: http://www.aaos.org/dc.
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Congress Holds First “Medicare for All” Hearing

On April 30, the House Rules Committee held a hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (HR 1384). The proposal is intended to establish a single-payer comprehensive national health insurance program for all Americans by expanding Medicare. There were sharp partisan disagreements over the proposal and the future of the U.S. health care system. Some members generally supported the legislation, while others stressed the dangers of eliminating private coverage and the difficulty in finding ways to fund the program.

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State Corner: Florida Certificate-of-Need Repeal Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Florida Legislature recently passed a bill to repeal the state’s certificate-of-need (CON) laws. Specifically, HB 21 removes a requirement that general hospitals must apply and obtain approval from the state in order to build or expand. The legislation now awaits Governor Ron DeSantis’ signature and, if signed into law, will be a significant win for Florida and for state orthopaedic societies’ ongoing effort to repeal CON laws across the country.

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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 allison@aaos.org. Also consider giving a birthday donation by texting ‘Birthday20’ to 41444.

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  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 www.aaos.org/pac and select Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC for more information or to contribute today.

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