Monthly Archives: June 2018

29 06, 2018

June 29, 2018 | Today’s News

By |2018-07-03T18:43:57+00:00June 29th, 2018|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story U.S. hospitals face injectable opioid shortage U.S. hospitals frequently run out of injected opioids due to manufacturer shortages, according to a report from the Associated Press. To compensate, doctors and pharmacists report rationing injectable opioids, using slower-acting or less effective pain medications, or sedating patients. The American Medical Association said the drug shortages are a public health crisis, and other medical groups have asked regulators to step in, as some patients undergoing surgery, those [...]

29 06, 2018

Week In the Know | June 29, 2018

By |2018-07-03T18:42:58+00:00June 29th, 2018|Legislation|

West Virginia State Gov't News "Your Week in the Know" June 29, 2018     WV Supreme Court   WV House committee granted power to consider Supreme Court impeachment The West Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday gave authority to its Judiciary Committee members to investigate the possibility of impeachment against West Virginia Supreme Court justices, less than a week after Justice Allen Loughry was indicted on federal charges.   The House of Delegates approved a resolution authorizing the [...]

27 06, 2018

June 27, 2018| Today’s News

By |2018-06-28T15:40:09+00:00June 27th, 2018|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study finds value-based payment models and healthcare marketplace competition may not reduce costs Early value-based payment models did not reduce the total cost of care or improve clinical quality outcomes, according to a report from the Healthcare Financial Management Association, Leavitt Partners, and McManis Consulting, with support from the Commonwealth Fund. Researchers assessed commercial data from 2012 to 2014 and Medicare data from 2007 to 2015 and found no statistically significant correlation between the [...]

26 06, 2018

Opioid Legislation; Tariffs Update; Budget Clawback Fails

By |2018-06-27T14:50:46+00:00June 26th, 2018|Legislation|

Share This Newsletter:     IN THIS ISSUE   House of Representatives Passes Major Opioid Legislation Bonefied News Medical Devices Exempted from Current Tariffs, as Requested by AAOS Health IT Advisory Committee Announces Interoperability Forum AAOS in the States: California Will Seriously Consider a Single Payer Model in 2019 Senate Fails to Pass Rescissions Package, Would Have Removed $7 Billion from CHIP MIPS Deadlines Approaching PAC Participation Leader Board by State AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations [...]

25 06, 2018

June 25, 2018 | Today’s News

By |2018-06-25T22:09:23+00:00June 25th, 2018|Top Stories|

Today's Top Story CMS launches Data Element Library to advance EHR interoperability The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the Data Element Library (DEL), a free, centralized database to support the interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs). The public can use DEL to view specific data that long-term and post-acute care facilities are required to collect as part of patient health assessments. DEL includes information technology standards that support the collection of health [...]

22 06, 2018

Week In the Know | June 22, 2018

By |2018-06-25T13:40:03+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Legislation|

West Virginia State Gov't News "Your Week in the Know" June 15, 2018     INTERIM SCHEDULE West Virginia Legislature Interim Committee Schedule - June 24-26     WV Supreme Court   Supreme Court Justice Loughry faces 22-count federal indictment   CHARLESTON — West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday in a 22-count indictment handed up in U.S. District Court in Charleston.   U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart of the Southern District [...]

22 06, 2018

June 22, 2018 | Today’s News

By |2018-06-25T13:38:14+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Trump administration proposes HHS restructuring as part of large government overhaul As part of a 132-page plan titled Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century, the White House proposed to move all major public-assistance programs, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), into one large agency called the Department of Health and Public Welfare. The proposal serves as an initiative to move toward a “small government.” The proposal describes the initiative as [...]

20 06, 2018

June 20, 2018 | Today’s News

By |2018-06-22T13:56:49+00:00June 20th, 2018|Top Stories|

Today's Top Story Trump administration rolls out new healthcare option for small businesses President Donald Trump’s administration issued a final rule yesterday allowing small businesses to unite and create health insurance plans that cost less but offer fewer benefits. The association health plans allow small-business owners, their employees, and other self-employed individuals to band together to buy or supply insurance in the large-group market. President Trump said the association health plans could “provide more affordable health insurance options [...]

18 06, 2018

June 18, 2018 | Today’s News

By |2018-06-19T15:05:37+00:00June 18th, 2018|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study: Knee osteoarthritis disease severity may be linked to depression In patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), greater structural disease severity and pain, as well as decreased physical performance may increase the risk of depression, according to a study presented at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology. Researchers included 1,652 patients aged 45 to 79 years from the Osteoarthritis Initiative who had radiographic disease but did not have depression at enrollment. They assessed OA disease [...]

15 06, 2018

BPCI-A; Biologics Update; Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington

By |2018-06-18T17:48:05+00:00June 15th, 2018|Legislation|

BPCI-A; Biologics Update; Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington   For questions or concerns on these or other advocacy issues, contact us at dc@aaos.org. Orthopaedic Surgeons in Washington for the 2018 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference From June 6-9, Orthopaedic leaders from around the country gathered to discuss the highest priority advocacy issues and meet with members of Congress during the 2018 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). Orthopaedists discussed options for relieving the regulatory burden on physicians, addressing the opioid epidemic, [...]