Pain Management Report, Advocacy Opportunities
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AAOS Comments on HHS Pain Management Best Practices Draft Report

On December 28, the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (task force) published a draft report identifying gaps or inconsistencies and proposing updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management. The report calls for individualized, patient-centered pain alleviation and management to improve the lives of those who experience acute and chronic pain.

AAOS recognizes that determining these gaps are critically important. We will unify the medical community in support of the effort, as well as the funding necessary to provide adequate care for patients and optimize pain management by using all available tools.

Nominate a colleague for the AAOS Diversity, Humanitarian, or Tipton Leadership Awards
AAOS is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Diversity and Humanitarian Awards and the William W. Tipton Jr, MD, Orthopaedic Leadership Award.

These awards are presented at the AAOS Annual Meeting. The respective award recipients are recognized for their endeavors to further encourage diversity or culturally competent care, participation in humanitarian activities, or leadership activities in the orthopaedic profession.

The last day to submit nominations for the Humanitarian Award is May 17; the last day to submit nominations for the Diversity and Tipton Awards is June 14.

Learn more and submit nominations here.

Metal-on-Metal Total Hips Among Devices to be Reevaluated by FDA

In a statement released March 15, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) outlined its intent to work with stakeholder groups and experts to improve the understanding and safety of medical device materials. It noted that while the vast majority of patients with implanted devices do not have adverse reactions, more needs to be done for the small number who do to improve how devices are regulated. The FDA is interested in developing new tools to screen patients for indicators of material sensitivity as well as clarifying the Agency’s expectations for device biocompatibility.

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

  • Voiced our concern with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ newly announced Medicare Part D opioid safety polices, specifically the 7-day prescription limit which threatens the physician-patient relationship and can be problematic for appropriately managing pain in perioperative care.
  • Requested the Senate and House Appropriations Subcommittees to appropriate $643 million for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) in FY 2020—a $38 million raise from last year to keep pace with the rising cost for medical research.

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How to Get Involved in Advocacy

If you recently attended the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting, you likely heard AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD, talk about the importance of advocacy and its direct impact on the way Orthopaedic surgeons provide care. You may have also seen the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) booth in exhibit hall or heard about one of the OrthoPAC events. Maybe you’ve heard the term “advocacy” for years as an AAOS member but have been hesitant to get involved or are not sure how.

In addition to reading the bi-weekly Advocacy Now newsletter, here are some of the basic ways you can get involved in advocating for your specialty and patients today.

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



  • The AAOS Family of Registries posted its first blog in a three-part series reporting on orthopaedic studies presented at the 2019 AAOS Annual Meeting. The first blog covers a study on national trends in the treatment of femoral neck fractures and can be found here.
  • CMS announced that outpatient Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) will be included as a new outpatient clinical episode for Model Year 3 of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) Model. Applications can be submitted starting April 2019 via the application portal found here.
  • On March 29, CMS retired the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) website. The Merit-based Incentive Payment System under the new Quality Payment Program replaced the Value Modifier and PQRS programs and can be learned about 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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