AOS is represented at the national level by the AAOS Government Relations Office in Washington, D.C. This office identifies, analyzes, and directs all health policy activities and initiatives of the AAOS.
Major Federal legislative programs of the AAOS
Research Capitol Hill Days where patients and their orthopaedic surgeons meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives to advocate increased funding for musculoskeletal research.
National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference where over 200 orthopaedic surgeons visit Capitol Hill to encourage Congress to address issues such as Medicare reimbursement and medical liability reform.
- Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017
HR 1215 – Protecting Access to Care Act: Mirroring successful medical liability reforms of California and Texas, the Protecting Access to Care Act will ensure that physicians and health care providers are able to provide vital medical services to all patients without the threat of meritless lawsuits. The legislation will limit attorney fees so that damage awards go to the patients in need; Allow for the full and unlimited recovery of economic damages, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, etc.; Allow for the periodic payment of damages.Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act
HR 1156 – Patient Access to Higher Quality Health Care Act of 2017: This bill would partially lift the ban on new physician owned hospitals and also address limitations on the growth of existing facilities.
Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare
HR 849/ SB 260 – Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act: This bill repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that threatens the ability of the elected representatives in Congress to ensure seniors have access to the health care they need, when they need it. The IPAB board is charged with making recommendations to cut Medicare payments with little accountability.
AOS is represented at the State level by both the AAOS and MASA (Medical Association State of Alabama) Government Relations Departments. In addition, AOS’s Executive Director is also a registered Alabama lobbyist.
For National information contact: www.aaos.org
For State information contact: www.masalink.org