NOLC Recap, Health Disaster Response Bill Passes
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Orthopaedic Surgeons Gathered in DC for 2019 NOLC

From June 5-8, more than 300 orthopaedic surgeons from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 2019 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). Attendees met with congressional representatives on Thursday, June 6, and urged them to support legislation that would increase patient choice and access to care, transparency and competition in the health insurance market, and would protect patients from surprise medical bills while preserving a fair playing field for resolving disputes.



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  • Provided comments to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee regarding its discussion draft, called the “Lower Health Care Costs of 2019 Act,” to help address the rising cost of health care.
  • Voiced our support for the newly introduced Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019 (H.R. 3107), which would reform the burdensome prior authorization requirements within Medicare Advantage plans and improve physicians’ ability to provide timely, critical care.
  • Submitted formal comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) proposed rules regarding interoperability and information blocking.

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AAOS Commends Passage of Health Disaster Response Bill

On June 4, the House passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (PAHPAI, S.1379 ). The chamber passed a version of the bill in January—and repeatedly last year. But lawmakers were waiting on the Senate, which approved its version in May after stalling on an unrelated provision for months last year. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law and includes the AAOS-supported MISSION ZERO Act, which allows military trauma surgeons to keep up their skills in civilian trauma centers.

Rich Bruch, MD, Named Distinguished Congressional Ambassador

On June 6, Rich Bruch, MD, was named the AAOS 2020 Distinguished Congressional Ambassador at the Advocacy Resources Committee meeting during the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference. The award is given to an AAOS member who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy on behalf of orthopaedic priorities. Congressional Ambassadors are AAOS volunteers who either have a relationship with a member of Congress or are willing to develop one and reach out on priority issues. These volunteers are exceptionally effective in terms of advocacy and enhance the efforts of the Office of Government Relations.

OrthoPAC Hosts Congressional Leaders at Capitol Club Reception

The Orthopaedic PAC Executive Committee hosted a Toast to Twenty reception in Washington, D.C., on June 5 as part of the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference. All 2019 Capitol Club contributors were invited to help celebrate 20 years of the Orthopaedic PAC at the event which raised more than $90,000 and welcomed nearly a dozen members of Congress from both sides of the aisle (see photos below). Those who were not able to attend are encouraged to consider giving a birthday donation by texting “Birthday20” to 41444.

2019 Orthopaedic PAC State Participation Challenge

Click here, to view the interactive version of the map below, which features each state’s PAC support for 2019.

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


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 our website for more information or to contribute today.

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