AAOS Advocacy Podcast

AAOS Advocacy Podcast

Conversations on health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal care.

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#26 Physician Advocacy for Patients with Insurers

Insurer influence on the practice of orthopaedic surgery continues to increase. The implementation of the No Surprises Act on Jan. 1, along with the ongoing administrative burden and delayed patient care caused by prior authorization requirements, will bring additional challenges to both physicians and patients in the year ahead. In this episode, Tony DaRe from the national employee benefits consulting firm BSI Corporate Benefits discusses the ways in which orthopaedic surgeons can advocate for and with their patients to overcome insurer challenges and improve the system. Learn more about BSI Corporate Benefits: Guest: Tony DaRe, CEO and Agency Principal at BSI Corporate Benefits Host: Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, AAOS Advocacy Council Chair
January 18, 2022

#25 Reimbursement Changes and Implementation of Surprise Billing Law

Orthopaedic surgery is set to face reductions in Medicare reimbursement and changes to the process for resolving surprise medical bills beginning Jan. 1, 2022. AAOS Advocacy Council Chair Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, sits down with senior staff from the AAOS Office of Government Relations to explain these healthcare policy changes, what the AAOS has been doing to preserve the value of surgical services, including recent updates from Capitol Hill, and how these issues will continue to play out in 2022. October podcast episode on Economic Effects of Medicare Pay Cuts: November podcast episode on Preventing Surprise Medical Bills: Guests: Guest (name, title, company or organization): Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA, AAOS Senior Director of Health Policy; Catherine Hayes, MPP, AAOS Senior Director of Government Relations Host: Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, AAOS Advocacy Council Chair
December 21, 2021

#24 Preventing Surprise Medical Bills

The issue of patients receiving unanticipated medical bills is back in the national spotlight. It rose to prominence in 2019, consumed the attention of policymakers in 2020, and is the focus of newly released regulations designed to implement the “No Surprises Act,” which passed in late 2020. This episode, with interviews from an AAOS member expert and a senior health legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY), explains the new process for resolving payment disputes and discusses concerns as to whether or not the regulations will ultimately fulfill their promise. Learn more about the issue:  Guests: Adam Bruggeman, MD, FAAOS, Member, AAOS Health Care Systems Committee; Steven Peterson, Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) Host: Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, AAOS Advocacy Council Chair
November 16, 2021

#23 Economic Effects of Medicare Pay Cuts

Orthopaedic surgery is set to face an up to 10% reduction in Medicare reimbursement beginning in 2022. This discussion with a healthcare economist dives into the effects that these cuts will have on physician practices and patient care amidst our nation’s growing healthcare expenditures. Participants discuss the government’s reasoning behind the cuts; unintended consequences on access issues and practice consolidation, as well as how the surgical community can advocate against the devaluing of musculoskeletal care. Learn more about the payment policy changes:   Guest: Patricia Ketsche, Ph.D., MBA,  Associate Professor Emerita, Institute of Health Administration, Georgia State University Host: Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, Chair, AAOS Advocacy Council
October 19, 2021

Special Episode: Resident Involvement in Advocacy

At the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting, new host and Advocacy Council Chair Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, recorded a live, on-site interview with Austin Beason, MD, who is Chair of the Resident Assembly and host of the AAOS Career Podcast. They discussed the value of increasing resident involvement in political advocacy as the future leaders of musculoskeletal health, whether it is by participating in grassroots via the Advocacy Action Center, joining the PAC, or becoming engaged with state orthopaedic societies.  Host: Douglas Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, Chair Advocacy Council  Guest: Austin Beason, MD, Chair Resident Assembly  Additional Notes:  Learn more about how residents can get involved: Learn more about the Orthopaedic PAC:
September 21, 2021

#21 Physician Mental Health: Conversations with Congress, Part 3

This final episode of the three-part series for AAOS’ Orthopaedic Advocacy Week discusses reducing and preventing physician mental health issues. Following the moving story of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician who died by suicide while working on the front lines of the pandemic, the conversation features powerful perspectives on breaking down the stigma and increasing access to treatment—starting with passage of the legislation named in her honor, the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act. (Rep. Susan Wild interview recorded on 7/14 and Corey Feist interview recorded on 7/27) Dr. Lorna Breen Heroes’ Foundation AAOS advocacy on physician mental health Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Jennifer Weiss, MD, FAAOS, Chair, AAOS Communications Committee
August 3, 2021

AAOS Advocacy Podcast

The AAOS Advocacy Podcast covers the latest health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal health. Each episode features expert insights on the changing landscape of orthopaedics and advocacy efforts to advance quality and access to care. Part of “The Bone Beat” orthopaedic podcast channel.
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Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS

Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS

Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, is a trauma surgeon at Resurgens Orthopaedics in Atlanta and is the chair of the AAOS Advocacy Council.

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