AAOS Advocacy Podcast

By American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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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.

Episode Date
#24 Preventing Surprise Medical Bills
24:14

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: https://www.aaos.org/advocacy/advocacy-action-center/surprise-billing 

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

Nov 16, 2021
#23 Economic Effects of Medicare Pay Cuts
30:43

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: https://www.aaos.org/advocacy/advocacy-action-center/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

Oct 19, 2021
Special Episode: Resident Involvement in Advocacy
21:27

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: https://www.aaos.org/advocacy/get-involved/residents-advocacy/

Learn more about the Orthopaedic PAC: https://www.aaos.org/advocacy/pac/

Sep 21, 2021
#21 Physician Mental Health: Conversations with Congress, Part 3
41:17

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

Aug 03, 2021
#20 Telemedicine after COVID: Conversations with Congress, Part 2
25:16

This part two episode of a three-part series for AAOS’ Orthopaedic Advocacy Week focuses on ensuring that flexibilities for valuable telemedicine services remain post-pandemic. Adam S. Levin, MD, FAAOS, who helped rapidly introduce a robust telemedicine program for the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Department during a five-day period, interviews U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) on his recently introduced Telehealth Modernization Act. Learn more at AAOS.org

Hosted by:

Adam S. Levin, MD, FAAOS, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Jun 29, 2021
#19 Prior Authorization Reform: Conversations with Congress, Part 1
23:24

This part one episode of a three-part series on the issues AAOS is raising during Orthopaedic Advocacy Week focuses on prior authorization reform. In interviews with the original co-sponsors of the “Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act,” we discuss how the bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization in the Medicare Advantage program. Learn more at AAOS.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director

May 25, 2021
#18 Save the Date for Orthopaedic Advocacy Week
26:41

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

Apr 27, 2021
#17 Policy in Practice: Threats to Orthopaedics in 2021
28:16

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

Mar 30, 2021
#16 Partisanship and Public Health in the New Administration
24:38

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

Feb 23, 2021
#15 Repeal of Antitrust Exemption for Health Insurers
20:15

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

Jan 26, 2021
#14 Shaping Health Policy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
36:29

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

Dec 29, 2020
Special Episode: Bundled Payments and Value-based Care
36:23

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 

Dec 07, 2020
#12 Regulatory Landscape of Biologics
22:45

Biologics are increasingly being marketed and used to improve outcomes for orthopaedic patients, but the requirements for evidence of safety and effectiveness vary greatly. Leaders from the AAOS Committee on Devices, Biologics & Technology discuss the regulatory landscape, the AAOS Biologics Initiative, and the Academy’s investment in this evolving area of medicine, They also explain how the new AAOS Biologics Dashboard is designed to help members navigate the approval status of biologic-based interventions.

Learn more about the AAOS Biologics Initiative and access the dashboard.

 

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director 

Nov 24, 2020
#11 Why the Election Matters for MSK Care
24:21

With the U.S. general election just one week away, much is at stake for the physician community. Orthopaedic PAC Executive Committee Treasurer Douglas W. Lundy, MD, FAAOS, and former candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives and Oregon State House Representative Knute Buehler, MD, FAAOS, discuss the upcoming election and orthopaedic surgeons’ need to both vote on Nov. 3 and become involved in other forms of civic engagement year-round.

OrthoPAC State-by-State Voter Resources

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director

Oct 27, 2020
#10 Elimination of IPO and Shift to Outpatient Setting
27:07

AAOS physician leaders discuss Medicare’s proposal to eliminate the inpatient-only list (IPO) beginning with 266 musculoskeletal procedures. They recount the unresolved challenges with only recently removing several procedures from the list, and the critical opportunity for orthopaedic surgeons to lead the decision-making process with patients and safely shift care to the outpatient setting.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director

Sep 29, 2020
Special Episode: Impact of Payment Policy Changes
37:59

In this episode, produced in partnership with the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), advocacy leaders from both organizations discuss the payment policy changes that have been proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency is reducing all orthopaedic surgical services by approximately 5% and reducing the work relative value units for hip and knee arthroplasty by an additional 5.4%, further compounding the mounting tension on musculoskeletal care.

Hosted by:

Chad A. Krueger, MD, AAHKS Health Policy Fellow

Sep 02, 2020
#8 In-District Event and Grassroots Advocacy
28:17

Orthopaedic surgeons across the U.S. are engaging with members of Congress this August as part of AAOS’ In-District Advocacy Event. AAOS First Vice President Daniel K. Guy, MD, FAAOS, talks about the policy issues they’re raising with legislators and why grassroots advocacy is a powerful tool for strengthening the voice of the musculoskeletal community. Learn more at aaos.org/indistrictevent and by following #OrthoAdvocacyinAction on social media.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Madeline Kroll, AAOS Director of Government Relations

Aug 25, 2020
#7 Lifting Restrictions on Physician-Owned Hospitals
32:47

Physician-owned hospitals provide some of the highest quality care, at the lowest cost. Yet since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, they have been prohibited from expanding or establishing new facilities to meet the growing demand for services. Congressman Michael Burgess, MD (TX-26), explains why restrictions on this competitive force in America’s healthcare system should be permanently lifted—not just during the COVID-19 pandemic—for patients who deserve the right to receive care at the hospital of their choice. (Recorded on 7/21/2020)

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Catherine Hayes, AAOS Senior Director of Government Relations

Jul 28, 2020
#6 Reducing Disparities in Health Care
32:47

Structural inequities and barriers to health care existed prior to COVID-19. But the pandemic has put a spotlight on the problem, which has also recently become the focus of advocacy efforts nationwide. In this episode, Movement is Life Chair Mary O’Connor, MD, FAAOS, explains how public policy and individual surgeons together can strengthen community-based programs to ultimately help narrow the health equity gap.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA, AAOS Senior Director of Health Policy

Jun 30, 2020
#5 Power of the Orthopaedic PAC
24:52

As the only national political action committee dedicated solely to representing orthopaedic surgeons before Congress, the nonpartisan Orthopaedic PAC is a powerful tool for advancing AAOS priorities. Chairman John T. Gill, MD, FAAOS, explains how it continues to break records as a $4 million-dollar PAC, produce award-winning campaigns and support candidates for federal office including three AAOS fellows running in 2020.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Meredith Allison, AAOS Director of Corporate Political Outreach

May 26, 2020
Special Episode: CMS Regulatory Response to COVID-19
31:18

In this second add-on episode dedicated to COVID-19, Dr. Marion Couch from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shares details on the agency’s response to the pandemic. She covers the sweeping regulatory changes made to support America's health care system, the gradual resumption of non-emergent surgeries and procedures, as well as COVID-19's potential long-term effects on various value-based programs in what she is calling the greatest transformation of medicine that we’ve seen in the last century.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, AAOS Advocacy Communications Director and Shreyasi Deb, PhD, MBA, AAOS Senior Director of Health Policy

May 23, 2020
#3 Intro to the Office of Government Relations
21:42

Based in Washington, D.C., the AAOS Office of Government Relations promotes and advocates the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community before federal and state legislative, regulatory, and executive agencies. Guided by the Council on Advocacy, it identifies, analyzes, and directs all health policy initiatives to advance the organization's Unified Advocacy Agenda.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, Advocacy Communications Director, AAOS and Graham Newson, Vice President of Government Relations, AAOS

Apr 28, 2020
Special Episode: Congressional Response to COVID-19
30:06

In this add-on episode, Congressman Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02), provides insight on the congressional response to COVID-19. We cover the three stimulus bills that have passed so far and look towards what’s coming in the fourth package and the future of health care post-pandemic. (Recorded on 4/17/20)

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, Advocacy Communications Director, AAOS and Catherine Hayes, Senior Director of Government Relations, AAOS

Apr 21, 2020
#1 Advocacy as a Strategic Plan Enabler
21:22

AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD, FAAOS, sits down after a busy day on Capitol Hill to talk about Advocacy as a strategic plan enabler. She talks about how these efforts to shape health care policy also help to achieve AAOS' three goals and that Advocacy will be a priority of the association for years to come.

Hosted by:

Kristen Coultas, Advocacy Communications Director, AAOS

Mar 27, 2020
Introducing The Bone Beat
44

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.

Feb 27, 2020