AAOS Now, December 2015
2016 Physician Fee Schedule Rule Finalized
Despite the promise of a 0.5 percent increase in the Medicare conversion factor for 2016, orthopaedic surgeons may actually see a drop in payments under final rules released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The final rule updating payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for calendar year 2016 was published in the Federal Register on Nov. 16, 2015.
Capturing Outcomes in Clinical Practice
Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are an increasingly important aspect of the healthcare landscape. As the emphasis shifts from volume to value, PROs are seen as critical tools that can help providers assess and improve their treatment strategies.