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The Bone Beat

Conversations on health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal care.

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#18 Save the Date for Orthopaedic Advocacy Week

AAOS President Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, extends a special invitation for members to participate in Orthopaedic Advocacy Week May 24-28, 2021. He explains how the new, completely virtual event is different from previous advocacy opportunities, what issues orthopaedic surgeons will raise with lawmakers, and why individual participation is “paramount” for amplifying year-long advocacy efforts on healthcare policy issues impacting musculoskeletal care. Learn more and sign up for the event. Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Cavan Jones, AAOS Government Relations Director
April 27, 2021

#17 Policy in Practice: Threats to Orthopaedics in 2021

Prior authorization paperwork, insurance battles over setting of care, and EHR documentation challenges are just a few of the many ways that government policies can stand in the way of patient care. In this episode with new AAOS Advocacy Council Chair Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAAOS, we discuss the threats we’re fighting in 2021 and how these rules and regulations impact orthopaedic surgery from Capitol Hill to the operating room. Learn more at AAOS. Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director
March 30, 2021

#16 Partisanship and Public Health in the New Administration

At only two months into the new administration, partisan politics remain center stage in the healthcare policy debate. President Biden’s healthcare nominees are stuck in limbo, key congressional committees are slow to take shape, and Republicans and Democrats remain sharply divided over Coronavirus relief efforts. National Journal Health Care Correspondent Erin Durkin explains how these competing priorities around pandemic response, insurance coverage, telehealth, disparities and value-based care may impact what the 117th Congress can realistically accomplish. (Recorded on 2/11/21) Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director
February 23, 2021

#15 Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers

For decades, health insurers have been exempt from antitrust laws and allowed to act as a monopoly setting rates and maximizing profits—until now. Enactment of new legislation removes the McCarran-Ferguson Act which has protected insurers since 1945 and now requires them to follow the same free-market rules as the rest of the health care industry. In this episode, we talk with an antitrust expert about why it took so long to repeal this unfair policy and how the new law will introduce more choice and opportunity into the marketplace. Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Catherine Hayes, AAOS Senior Director of Government Relations
January 26, 2021

#14 Shaping Health Policy During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Recounting the ways AAOS shaped health policy in the year 2020 cannot be done without mentioning COVID-19. What began as a year dedicated to encouraging physician burden relief and resolving surprise medical billing, quickly turned into a rapid transformation of telehealth and fight for relief to preserve access to musculoskeletal services. NYC-based joint replacement surgeon Claudette Lajam, MD, FAAOS, explains what it was like in the epicenter of the pandemic, and how rapidly changing regulations impacted patient care throughout the year and will continue to affect the orthopaedic profession for years to come. Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Graham Newson, AAOS Vice President of Government Relations
December 29, 2020

#13 Special Episode: Bundled Payments and Value-based Care

Bundled payment programs are designed to promote value-based care and remain largely voluntary. With the deadline to renew or modify contracts rapidly approaching and Medicare’s acceleration towards mandatory models, a four-person panel with varying perspectives discusses whether linking payments to clinical episodes can reduce Medicare expenditures while maintaining or improving quality of care. Learn more about various alternative payment models created to achieve value-based care using AAOS' Value-Based Care Continuum guide. Hosted by: Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director 
December 7, 2020

The Bone Beat

Brought to you by the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, "The Bone Beat" covers health policy issues affecting musculoskeletal health. Through conversation with the experts, each episode features insights on the changing landscape of orthopaedic surgery and supporting advocacy efforts to advance quality and access to care.
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