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4 12, 2020

AAOS Advocacy in Action

By |2020-12-04T19:07:41+00:00December 4th, 2020|Legislation|

  AAOS Advocacy in Action Worked with the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons on a congressional letter encouraging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to value pre-optimization time appropriately in its reimbursement of total knee and hip arthroplasty global codes. Shared our positions on the most pressing health policy issues with the Biden-Harris Administration including health disparities, prior authorization, physician-owned hospitals, telehealth, and value-based payment models. Joined with the Surgical Coalition in sending a letter of support [...]

4 12, 2020

CMS News Alert | December 4, 2020

By |2020-12-04T18:54:21+00:00December 4th, 2020|Legislation|

COVID-19 Antibody Treatment and Enforcement Discretion Reminder CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment COVID-19 Vaccines and Monoclonal Antibody Infusion: Enforcement Discretion Relating to SNF Consolidated Billing CMS Takes Further Steps to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Wide Access to COVID-19 Antibody Treatment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy, casirivimab and imdevimab, administered together, for the treatment of mild-to-moderate [...]

3 12, 2020

CMS News Alert | December 3, 2020

By |2020-12-03T18:18:58+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Legislation|

CCMS Announces New Model to Advance Regional Value-Based Care in Medicare  Geographic Direct Contracting Model Builds on CMS’ Long-Standing Commitment to Improving Quality and Lowering Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new and transformative voluntary payment model that builds on CMS’ focus to deliver Medicare beneficiaries value through better care and improved quality. The Geographic Direct Contracting Model (the “Model”) will test an approach to improving health outcomes and reducing [...]

2 12, 2020

December 2, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-12-03T18:21:10+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Finalized for 2021 On Dec. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the much-anticipated 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. Despite yearlong requests from the medical community to preserve the value of services and waive budget neutrality in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, the agency finalized changes that will result in a 10 percent reduction for the Medicare payment rate, including an estimated 4 [...]

2 12, 2020

By |2020-12-02T17:26:12+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Top Stories|

Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a Surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond Host: Mohit Bhandari, MD, PhD, FRCSC Editor-in-Chief, OrthoEvidence Guest: Nina Ahuja, BScHons, MD, FRCSC, CHE Academic Division Head, Ophthalmology Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery McMaster University, Hamilton, ON Founder, Docs in Leadership PERSPECTIVES Drs. Ahuja and Bhandari discussed stress in medical professionals. Our discussion uncovered four core themes. These themes and their supporting insights are highlighted below. 1. There [...]

2 12, 2020

CMS News Alert | December 2, 2020

By |2020-12-02T17:02:49+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Legislation|

CMS Announces Comprehensive Strategy to Enhance Hospital Capacity Amid COVID-19 Surge Agency outlines flexibilities to maximize Acute Hospital Care at Home, Ambulatory Surgical Centers to decompress hospitals treating COVID-19 patients Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlined unprecedented comprehensive steps to increase the capacity of the American health care system to provide care to patients outside a traditional hospital setting amid a rising number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) hospitalizations across the country. These flexibilities [...]

30 11, 2020

November 30, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-30T22:52:40+00:00November 30th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study Evaluates Outcome Calculators for TJA A systematic review published online in The Journal of Arthroplasty compared existing post-total joint arthroplasty (TJA) calculators. Three major databases were searched for publications that discussed TJA risk stratification tools for readmission, discharge disposition, and early complications. Final analysis incorporated 10 publications that determined risks for readmission (n = 3), discharge disposition (n = 5), and early complications (n = 2). Seven used single-institution data, and three incorporated [...]

30 11, 2020

Challenging the Status Quo: A Global Look at Diversity in Orthopaedics

By |2020-11-30T22:50:56+00:00November 30th, 2020|Top Stories|

“The perspective of the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons is this: the workforce needs to be more diverse. Diversity is improving and difficult questions are finally being asked with a challenge to the perceived status quo. However, the next step is the easiest to ask for and the hardest to achieve, a total change in culture.” (4) -- The International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (2020) As countries around the world become increasingly diverse, so do their workforces. As a [...]

25 11, 2020

November 25, 2020 | Today’s News

By |2020-11-30T22:12:32+00:00November 25th, 2020|Top Stories|

  Today's Top Story Study Examines Postoperative Opioid Consumption in Knee Arthroscopy Patients A study published online in Arthroscopy reported current practices for opioid consumption after knee arthroscopy (KA). Among 100 KA patients, the median number of opioid pills prescribed was five (37.5 oral morphine equivalents [OME]). Median postoperative opioid consumption was zero pills, and the mean was 0.6 pills (4.4 OME). Three-quarters of patients consumed no opioid pills postoperatively. The entire cohort consumed five or fewer pills [...]

25 11, 2020

CMS News Alert | November 25, 2020

By |2020-11-25T19:14:32+00:00November 25th, 2020|Legislation|

News CMS Announces Historic Changes to Physician Self-Referral Regulations Policy Will Increase Number of Lifesaving Organs by Holding OPAs Accountable through Transparency and Competition Prescription Drug Payment Model to Put American Patients First DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program: Contract Suppliers for Round 2021 Quality Payment Program APMs: Extended Deadline to Update Billing information — December 13 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule: CY 2021 Final Payment Determinations Hospice Quality Reporting Program: November Refresh November is Home Care & Hospice Month World [...]