January 1997 AAOS Report

Board to seek legislation to ban 'excellence' term

The Board of Directors, meeting in Chicago Dec. 6-7, 1996, gave approval to the Academy's Washington office to seek legislation that would require the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to cease using the term 'participating centers of excellence' for its proposed hip and knee demonstration project. The board voted to cease preparation of a legal action on the use of the term. The board also approved a research project to measure the practice cost of orthopaedic surgical procedures. HCFA is developing a resource-based payment system for the practice expense component of the Medicare RBRVS and is expected to publish in the spring 1997 preliminary practice expense RVUs based on estimates. The Academy would have accurate time motion data to submit during the refinement period before the practice expense component is implemented in January 1998.

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