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Webinar—COVID-19: The Orthopaedic Recovery

AAOS is partnering with the Digital Orthopaedics Conference San Francisco for a webinar tomorrow at 7 a.m. P.S.T., which will discuss the details and implementation challenges clinicians, health systems, and industry encounter in delivering the promise of digital health solutions. AAOS President Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS, will cover the four trends whose change has been accelerated by the pandemic and, most importantly, how AAOS is preparing members to embrace these changes, including the shift to outpatient care, distant learning, consolidation of the health industry, and telemedicine. Registration is free.

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In Other News

CMS Issues Fact Sheet on Care in Hospital Alternate Care Sites

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a fact sheet for local and state governments regarding CMS programs and payments related to care in hospital alternate care sites. The document explains how to seek payments through programs including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for acute inpatient and outpatient care furnished at the site.

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House Approves Changes to Paycheck Protection Program

The House of Representatives voted today to pass changes to the Paycheck Protection Program. The bipartisan legislation seeks to add flexibility to the terms of use for the program’s loans, extending the eight-week period during which small businesses must use the emergency loans in order to be eligible for loan forgiveness to 24 weeks. The “75/20” ratio requiring businesses to use 75 percent of the money for payroll costs and no more than 25 percent for other costs would change to 60/40. Similar legislation failed a key procedural vote in the Senate last week, making a path forward for this bill unclear. The AAOS Office of Government Relations is continuing to monitor it.

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Looking to Healthcare Workers to Safely Reopen

An article published in The New Yorker discussed tips for businesses to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, acknowledging one sector that has successfully remained open during this time: health care. According to the report, few COVID-19 transmissions have been reported among healthcare workers, largely due to a combination of hygiene measures, screening, distancing, and masks.

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U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Exceeds 100,000

COVID-19 deaths in the United States surpassed 100,000 on Wednesday. With more than 1.6 million cases since January, America remains the world’s leading nation on COVID-19 cases. A predictive model supported by White House officials forecasts that about 32,000 more deaths nationwide will occur by Aug. 4.

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AAOS, AAOS Now Deliver COVID-19 Resources and News

In her first deputy editor’s message, Julie Balch Samora, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAOS, discussed the various ways AAOS has committed to providing the most up-to-date COVID-19 news. AAOS Now is working to publish articles related to COVID-19, some of which will be published online ahead of print or solely online. AAOS has created webinars to help with orthopaedic resident training challenges and opportunities. The Journal of the AAOS ® published an online clinical practice guideline to assist with operating room precautions and preventive actions. Patient-focused information can also be found at OrthoInfo.

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COVID-19: Information for Members

To help Academy members stay informed during this rapidly evolving situation, AAOS is gathering COVID-19 resources to be housed in one place online. In addition to general resources, AAOS is working to provide materials that are more specific to orthopaedics, including information for practice management, patient safety, policy changes around coding and regulation, and ongoing advocacy efforts. Be sure to check this page regularly, as it is updated daily with new information.

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