AAOS Now, January 2020
Prior Authorization: Controlling Costs or Hurting Patients?
The term prior authorization (PA) elicits an almost instant sigh from physicians. It has all kinds of associations—patient care delays, administrative burden, peer-to-peer consultations, and more.
HHS: Relaxed Fraud and Abuse Rules Create Flexibilities for Value-based Models
For the past several years, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has been working to modernize both the Stark physician self-referral law and the Antikickback Statute to permit coordinated care and level the playing field between independent practices and large hospital systems. AAOS has worked with Congress on bipartisan legislation and provided significant input to the administration, urging changes that recognize value-based delivery models.
CMS: Appropriate Use Criteria Encouraged with Advanced Diagnostic Imaging
Editor’s note: The article’s content was current at press time.
The Opioid Epidemic: Orthopaedic Residents’ Perspectives
Medicine, and orthopaedics in particular, has been implicated in tragedies similar to the case detailed in the sidebar.