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Affordable Care Act

AAOS is actively working to educate our members on the various ways ACA implementation will affect their practice and their patients, which includes information on issues like public reporting, payment reform, state health exchanges, bundled payments, and electronic health records. Our goal is to provide our members with the necessary tools and knowledge to successfully navigate this changing landscape while simultaneously protecting access to and enhancing the quality of orthopaedic care for our patients. AAOS will continue to fight for changes that improve health care for our patients and address the concerns of our members.

IPAB: The ACA created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to “reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.” The IPAB is set to include 15 unelected, unaccountable members with none of those members allowed to be practicing physicians or be otherwise employed. AAOS opposes the IPAB.

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) believes healthcare policy, including ACA implementation, should empower patients to control and decide how their healthcare dollars are spent, ensure unencumbered access to specialty care, make healthcare coverage more affordable, and improve quality of care.

While some provisions of the ACA are in line with the principles of health care reform promoted by the AAOS, other portions remain problematic and continue to raise concerns that the new law may result in less access to care and less care being provided. However, the AAOS is actively working to educate our members on the various ways ACA implementation will affect their practice and their patients, which includes information on issues like public reporting, payment reform, state health exchanges, bundled payments, and electronic health records. Our goal is to provide our members with the necessary tools and knowledge to successfully navigate this changing landscape while simultaneously protecting access to and enhancing the quality of orthopaedic care for our patients. AAOS will continue to fight for changes that improve health care for our patients and address the concerns of our members.

Click here for a summary of the ACA. Some of the provisions are currently in place, while others will be phased in over several years.

Click here for key features of the ACA by year.

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) believes healthcare policy, including ACA implementation, should empower patients to control and decide how their own healthcare dollars are spent, ensure unencumbered access to specialty care, make healthcare coverage more affordable, and improve the quality of care.