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31 12, 2014

2014 December News Archive

By |2015-01-27T21:23:36+00:00December 31st, 2014|Archived News|

December 1, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. SGR reform has bipartisan support, but clock is ticking. AMA Wire reports that support for the elimination of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula is building in the U.S. Congress, but notes that lawmakers in the so-called “lame duck” session have a long agenda of items to address before both houses adjourn for the year. Earlier this year, Congress came close to passing the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment [...]

30 11, 2014

2014 November News Archive

By |2015-01-27T21:34:16+00:00November 30th, 2014|Archived News|

November 3, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule final rule. The rule includes changes to fees for physician services, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Meaningful Use program, and other quality and payment initiatives. A notable change is a proposal to eliminate all 10- and 90-day global payment periods [...]

30 10, 2014

2014 October News Archive

By |2015-01-27T21:41:55+00:00October 30th, 2014|Archived News|

October 1, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. Open Payments website opens to public confusion, doubts about accuracy. As mandated by the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) website on Sept. 30, amid concerns among providers about the accuracy of the information it reveals to the public. The website is supposed to reflect payments made to doctors and teaching hospitals by medical device and drug manufacturers and group [...]

30 09, 2014

2014 September News Archive

By |2015-01-27T21:52:25+00:00September 30th, 2014|Archived News|

September 3, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. CMS continues to tune Open Payments site; pushes review deadline to Sept. 10. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced further delays and outages for the Open Payments (Sunshine Act) website. In response to questions raised by a trade group regarding transparency in rejecting data submissions from manufacturers, the agency has extended the review period deadline from Sept. 8 to Sept. 10. CMS is continuing with plans [...]

31 07, 2014

2014 July News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:26:00+00:00July 31st, 2014|Archived News|

July 2, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. AANS and CNS joint panel updates guidelines for fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons (AANS/CNS) Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves has released an updated set of guidelines for fusion procedures for degenerative disease of the lumbar spine. AAOS members Jason C. Eck, DO; William C. Watters III, MD; and Alok Sharan, MD, were on [...]

30 06, 2014

2014 June News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:15:11+00:00June 30th, 2014|Archived News|

June 2, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. Study: Immobilization in abduction and external rotation may reduce recurrence risk after primary anterior shoulder dislocation. Data from a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery suggest that immobilization with the shoulder joint in abduction and external rotation (stabilizer brace) may reduce the risk of recurrence after primary anterior shoulder dislocations, compared to the more commonly used method of immobilization in adduction and internal [...]

30 05, 2014

2014 May News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:24:49+00:00May 30th, 2014|Archived News|

May 2, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. More than 300 orthopaedic surgeons meet with congressional representatives during NOLC.  On Thursday, May 1, hundreds of orthopaedic surgeons met with their congressional representatives as part of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC), the AAOS’ premier advocacy event. The NOLC is designed to raise awareness and explore issues affecting patient care and physicians’ practices. Orthopaedic surgeons had the opportunity to discuss with their members of [...]

30 04, 2014

2014 April News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:33:26+00:00April 30th, 2014|Archived News|

April 2, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. SGR patch signed into law; delays cuts until April 1, 2015.The U.S. Senate has passed, and President Obama has signed into law, another patch to delay until April 1, 2015, a cut to Medicare physician reimbursement called for under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The bill passed the House of Representatives last week and marks the 17th time Congress has delayed cuts mandated by the SGR. Recent projections by the [...]

31 03, 2014

2014 March News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:41:01+00:00March 31st, 2014|Archived News|

March 3, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. AAOS announces national call-in effort in support of SGR repeal.AAOS is asking members to call their Congressional representatives in support of H.R. 4015/S. 2000—a bicameral, bipartisan bill that would, if enacted, permanently repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. An agreement to prevent physician pay cuts called for under the SGR is set to expire on March 31, at which time providers will see an estimated 24 percent reduction in [...]

28 02, 2014

2014 February News Archive

By |2015-01-28T20:43:49+00:00February 28th, 2014|Archived News|

February 4, 2014 Today's Top Story 1. Johnson & Johnson to release study data through YODA. Forbes reports that Johnson & Johnson has reached an agreement with the Yale School of Medicine Open Data Access Project (YODA) to review requests from researchers for study data on the company’s products. The program will initially cover only products from Johnson & Johnson’s drug division, but is planned to expand to include devices and consumer products. If a request is approved, [...]