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November 27, 2013

Orthopaedic Surgeons Strongly Object to Changes in the 2014 CMS Physician Fee Schedule

Washington, DC—On November 27, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is disappointed with the decisions by CMS to reduce the relative value units for Total Hip Arthroplasty and Total Knee Arthroplasty by 5% and 11% respectively.
Joshua J. Jacobs, MD, President of the AAOS:

“Although we are very disappointed with the devaluation of procedures that we know provide tremendous value to the individual patient and to society, and that CMS did not use the values recommended by AAOS and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), we are pleased that CMS responded to our extensive regulatory and legislative advocacy efforts to alter the RUC’s recommendation of far deeper cuts. AAOS and AAHKS continue to strongly believe the AAOS/AAHKS recommended values are the correct RVUs for these procedures. We will provide comments to CMS and continue all our advocacy efforts to address the changes going forward.”


Elizabeth Fassbender, 202-548-4143,
Kristina Goel, 847-384-4034,


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