AAOS Now, June 2010
What does the future hold for physicians?
Lobbyists address NOLC attendees on impact of reform Orthopaedists from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C., April 28–May 1, 2010, for the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). It was an opportunity for many to meet with their congressional representatives and press for action on issues such as the Medicare physician payment formula, the Access to America’s Orthopaedic Services (AAOS) Act, and the Health Information Technology (HITECH) Act.
New TO examines CDA vs. ACDF
Compares cervical disk arthroplasty and anterior cervical disk fusion Since its introduction in the United States in 2003, the artificial cervical vertebral disk has presented physicians and patients with the prospect of achieving relief of radicular arm and neck pain, while at the same time maintaining spine segmental motion and thus eliminating adjacent segment degeneration.
Docs on brink again
As this issue of AAOS Now went to press, physicians were once again facing a 21.2 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement rates, beginning June 1, 2010. So far this year, the cuts have been delayed three times; a measure that would have postponed application of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula until 2014 was facing stiff opposition in both the House and Senate. AAOS has consistently called for the repeal and replacement of the flawed SGR formula.