“AAOS acknowledges CMS’s work to hear physician concerns and incorporate important feedback,” said AAOS President Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD. “The ‘Pick Your Pace’ flexibility for 2017 and improved low-volume threshold, for example, are positive steps in addressing issues identified in the original proposal. Reducing the administrative burden on clinicians and increasing flexibility in reporting requirements and eligibility rules are important; and while AAOS is strongly opposed to mandatory participation in bundled payment models, it is also important to quickly finalize the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR), surgical hip/femur fracture treatment (SHFFT), and Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced APM design parameters. We will continue to work closely with CMS to ensure physician payment reform ultimately improves the care of musculoskeletal patients.”
For more information:
Read the full AAOS comment letter online here.
Read the AAOS press release on proposed rule comments online here.
Read the AAOS press release on the “Pick Your Pace” announcement online here.
Visit the AAOS MACRA Resource Center at http://www.aaos.org/macra.
Follow the AAOS Office of Government Relations on Twitter: @AAOSAdvocacy