AAOS Now, May 2015
Finally! Congress Repeals SGR Formula
After more than 10 years and 17 short-term patches, the Senate last month passed the Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization Act (HR 2), permanently repealing the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The measure passed by an overwhelming margin (92 to 8), just hours before a 21 percent cut in physician reimbursements was scheduled to go into effect.
The Search for Arthroplasty Longevity
Total hip arthroplasty (THA) may be the most effective surgical procedure ever developed, yet it has had problems from the beginning,” said David G. Lewallen, MD, during the AAOS and the Orthopaedic Research Society joint symposium “Articulations in Total Joint Replacement: Have We Lost Our Bearings?” at the 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.