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September 09, 2015

AAOS Submits Comments to CMS, Urges Changes

Washington, DC—On September 8, 2015, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on two important proposed rules that address payment policies under Medicare: the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) and the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model. AAOS commends CMS’s efforts to administer and improve payment systems while improving the quality of and increasing access to care for patients, but recommends significant changes to both proposed rules.

•    To read the full AAOS comments on the Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule, click here.
•    To read the full AAOS comments on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, click here.

In addition to the submitted comments, AAOS leadership is meeting with members of Congress this week to discuss changes to the joint replacement model and related concerns with the CMS meaningful use program.

“The AAOS supports efforts by CMS to make appropriately structured alternative payment models available to physicians and other providers,” stated David D. Teuscher, MD, President of AAOS. “In fact, many AAOS members have been leaders in developing, implementing, and evaluating episode-of-care payments. However, infrastructural support is incomplete, Stage 2 meaningful use attestation is below 20 percent, and EHR vendors have plagued practices with a lack of interoperability and errors. Until these glitches are addressed and highly reliable systems are in place, no further mandates – including the bundled payment model and meaningful use Stage 3 – should be initiated.”

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Dr. Tom Barber, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy, and Dr. Alexe Page, Chair of the AAOS Health Care Systems Committee, will discuss the recent AAOS comments and answer any related questions. View the invitation online here and RSVP by emailing Not able to attend in person? Tweet your questions with #aaoschat and watch the event live on Periscope.

Elizabeth Fassbender
Communications Manager
AAOS Office of Government Relations
(202) 548-4143
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