COVID-19 will continue to impact the healthcare system, hospitals, practices, orthopaedic surgeons, and patients for the foreseeable future. To help disseminate the most relevant and current news, the Academy will publish bonus COVID-19-focused editions of Headline News Now each Tuesday and Thursday for at least the next six weeks.

AAOS Leadership Will Present at the “COVID-19: The Orthopaedic Response” Virtual Summit, April 2–3

DOCSF–The Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco, in partnership with the Academy and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), will host a special, two-day virtual summit on the specific impact of COVID-19 on orthopaedics. Thought leaders will share state-of-the-art, real-time learnings and outline the technology resources available to guide you through this unprecedented crisis. Programming aims to spark the creativity and ingenuity that runs deep in the orthopaedic community to redesign orthopaedic care in real-time, to protect our colleagues, our health systems, our patients, and our communities.

AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco, III MD, FAAOS, will speak on the Academy’s response to COVID-19 including the organization’s decision to cancel the Annual Meeting and its commitment to ensuring that members are equipped to safely provide care. Jordan Vivian, from the AAOS Office of Government Relations, will also touch upon how the Association is advocating on behalf of its members and their patients while legislators and the administration look for ways to provide relief during this difficult time

Registration is free, and sessions will be recorded and made available on demand after the event.

Learn more and register today…

AAOS Sends Letter to Vice President

AAOS sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence addressing concerns of the surgical community, including access to personal protective equipment and essential medical equipment, guidance for emergency surgery, and other data needs. The letter also addressed what the future for surgical care will look like in the months following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the letter…

COVID-19 Legislative Packages: Small Business Relief

AAOS put together a fact sheet on how Congress is providing relief opportunities for small businesses. This includes information on the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

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In Other News

CMS Takes Unprecedented Steps to Allow Healthcare System to Address COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing numerous historic and unprecedented steps to equip the American healthcare system with the most flexibility to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Among these sweeping changes are allowing ambulatory surgery centers to now contract with local health systems to provide hospital services and physician-owned hospitals to temporarily increase their number of licensed beds, operating rooms, and procedures rooms. Additional changes include local private practice clinicians being available for employment, telehealth services billed at the same rate as in-person visits, relief from several reporting and auditing requirements, and more.

Read the CMS press release…

CMS Expands Accelerated and Advance Payments Program Amid COVID-19 Emergency

CMS expanded its Accelerated and Advance Payment Program to include additional Medicare Part A providers and Part B suppliers. This expansion will only be in effect for the duration of the public emergency.

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Vice President Calls on Hospitals to Share Data with State and Federal Agencies

Vice President Pence penned a letter to hospital administrators with an unprecedented request to report pertinent COVID-19 information to the Department of Health and Human Services. The information includes COVID-19 test result reporting and National Healthcare Safety Network COVID-19 Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity Module.

Read the CMS press release…

Read Vice President Pence’s letter…

Orthopaedic Surgeon Explains How Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Is Addressing COVID-19, Essential Orthopaedic Surgeries

In an interview with Becker’s Spine Review, Alan S. Hilibrand, MD, MBA, FAAOS, vice chairman for academic affairs and faculty development for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and codirector of spine surgery at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute in Philadelphia, discussed how his institution is handling the COVID-19 epidemic. Dr. Hilibrand also explained which orthopaedic surgeries are considered essential and are continuing to be performed.

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Additional News

Specialists Pulled from Usual Care Teams to Treat COVID-19

Specialists who are not typically at the forefront of treating infectious diseases have been tapped to join the front lines and help treat COVID-19 patients.

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Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Strategies to Address Drop in Cases

This article provides four ways the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is addressing the decrease in cases—and, as a result, revenue—after postponing elective surgeries.

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