“On behalf of over 18,000 board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and members of AAOS, I commend the House of Representatives for passing this bipartisan and forward-looking legislation. The 21st Century Cures Act makes a number of significant improvements – from streamlining the device approval process at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increasing funding for the National Institutes for Health (NIH) – that will accelerate innovation, boost research, and modernize physician practices, all of which will advance patient care exponentially.
“The AAOS has continually advocated for increased research funding for the NIH and we applaud the inclusion of critical financial resources for the agency. Nearly one in three Americans suffer from a musculoskeletal impairment requiring medical care and $874 billion is spent annually in the United States on health care for persons with musculoskeletal diagnoses. NIH funds support research that provides new and innovative treatments to help people regain lost mobility and return to a higher quality of life. Again, we thank Congress for this important investment in our nation’s health.
“We are also very supportive of the provisions in this legislation seeking to improve interoperability and telemedicine. Physicians, through electronic health information exchange, must be able to modernize their practices to support coordinated care and enable participation in new payment and delivery models. Interoperability and telemedicine policies will help address barriers in this area and will effectively improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery. We look forward to working with the Senate to strengthen these provisions and are hopeful that this legislation will be enacted as soon as possible.”
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Read some of the stories from patients who have advocated for an increase in musculoskeletal research funding: http://www.aaos.org/Govern/Federal/CapHill/Vignette_Book.pdf