Congress Proposes Opioid Legislation, AAOS Addresses TKA Issues, and More
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Opioid Work Continues with Legislative Proposals

In late February, eight senators introduced bipartisan legislation to address the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic. Known as the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) 2.0, this piece of legislation increases funding authorization levels for the CARA programs enacted in 2016 and puts in place additional policy reforms to help combat the opioid epidemic.

“CARA became law on July 22, 2016 [and is] starting to make a difference by transforming the way the federal government treats addiction and ensuring that federal resources are devoted to evidence based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that work,” stated Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). “CARA 2.0 builds on the original CARA by increasing the funding authorization levels to better coincide with the recent budget agreement. Coupled with policy changes to strengthen the federal government’s response to this crisis, CARA 2.0 authorizes $1 billion in dedicated resources to evidence-based prevention, enforcement, treatment, and recovery programs. CARA 2.0 is part of the necessary response to the urgent call for adequate and sustained resources that appropriately reflect the magnitude of the crisis.”

AAOS launches new OneSport™ Injury PSA Campaign
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These days, more and more kids are specializing in one sport at an early age, which can often lead to overuse injuries. To help raise awareness about preventing these types of injuries in young athletes, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) partnered with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on a Public Service Advertisement (PSA) called the OneSport™ Injury. The PSA is meant to educate parents, coaches and young athletes about the dangers of early sports specialization and encourages athletes to think about participating in a variety of activities all year long.

Sports participation has so many benefits for kids and their developing bones and muscles. And with proper rest and recovery, they can reap these benefits and stay in the game for life.

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AAOS Sends Letter to CMS on TKA Issues

Until recently, total knee arthroplasty (TKA) was included on the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list. In light of the removal of TKA from the IPO, AAOS produced a FAQ and other resource documents available on the AAOS website, here. However, AAOS also recently sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expressing concern over interpretation of the new rule.

AAOS Launches New Resident Advocacy Fellowship

Increasing resident engagement is a priority for AAOS, and recruiting more residents into advocacy efforts represents an important step forward in that direction. With that in mind, the AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) recently launched a Resident Advocacy Fellowship. The 1-year program, which is directed by Stuart Weinstein, MD, is designed to enable AAOS to work more directly with resident members, and to give residents the opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s legislative and regulatory advocacy work in Washington, D.C.

Charles Boustany Jr, MD, Speaks at Orthopaedic PAC Lunch

At the annual luncheon honoring supporters of the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC), former congressman Charles Boustany Jr, MD, discussed how he went from practicing medicine to serving in Congress, and why it is critical that physicians stay involved in politics.

Before his time in Congress, Dr. Boustany was president and CEO of his own practice in the field of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. However, after realizing that what happens in Washington, D.C., has a direct impact on practices back home, he decided to get involved in politics.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Boustany served more than a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he cofounded the influential House Doctors Caucus and coauthored legislation to repeal the sustainable growth rate formula. According to Dr. Boustany, the ability to have an impact didn’t immediately happen, but only after building credibility on a number of issues. Then, he noted, he was able to play a more active role in many of the healthcare fights that have occurred over the years.

Quality Payment Program Updates: Submit 2017 Data Through 3/31

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) then replaced it with the Quality Payment Program. Remember – the Quality Payment Program has two tracks you can choose: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs) OR the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). AAOS has shared the details of QPP and MIPS, which can be found on our website, here:

Residents Honored at Annual Meeting

While at the AAOS Annual Meeting, six resident groups were honored by the Orthopaedic PAC at the 3rd Annual Resident Leadership Reception at Crescent City Brewhouse for reaching 100 percent PAC participation. Congratulations to Atlanta Medical Center, New York University, University of Connecticut, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, and Universidad de Puerto Rico!

What We’re Reading

House to Try Again on Bill Easing Use of Unapproved Drugs, Associated Press, 3/15/18

Trump Finalizing Opioid Plan that Includes Death Penalty for Dealers, Politico, 3/15/18

House Panel to Examine 25 Opioid Bills Next Week, The Hill, 3/14/18

Alexander’s ACA Market Stabilization Proposal, Axios, 3/14/18

Bill to Shore Up Obamacare Would Reduce Premiums by 10 Percent, The Hill, 3/14/18

Administration Eyes New Direction for CMS Innovation Office, Morning Consult, 3/9/18

Azar Hints ACA Health Plans Could See Laxer Regulation, Modern Healthcare, 3/8/18

Proposed Federal Limits to Opioid Prescriptions Draw Opposition from Physicians and Patients, Stat, 3/6/18

Trump Administration Wants to Take On Medical Records Puzzle, Bloomberg, 3/6/18

White House Pushes for Conservative Changes to Obamacare Fix, The Hill, 3/6/18

Registration is open for the PSH Learning Collaborative 2020

The PSH Learning Collaborative brings together leading organizations and subject matter experts from across the country to learn from each other about how to achieve the quadruple aim: gratify providers, improve population health, reduce care costs and satisfy patients. The PSH Learning Collaborative 2020 will assist facilities in perioperative care redesign, PSH pilot implementation and optimizing and expanding PSH pilots post-implementation. Learn more.
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PAC Participation Leader Board by State

Click here, to view the interactive version of the map below, which features each state’s PAC support for 2017.

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

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  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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