TOA is the Voice of Orthopaedics in Texas
Few other medical specialties face as many
public policy challenges as orthopaedics. TOA is the only organization
focused completely on legislative and regulatory issues for orthopaedics
We are involved in numerous issues,
(Hospitals & ASCs)
Texas Orthopaedic PAC
CMS Asks for Comments on Physician-owned Hospitals
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) asked for comments
regarding POHs in the proposed rule for inpatient hospital payments for
2018. CMS's comments stated:
are seeking public comments on the appropriate role of physician-owned
hospitals in the delivery system. We are also seeking public comments on
how the current scope and restrictions on physician-owned hospitals
affects healthcare delivery. In particular, we are interested in
comments on the impact on Medicare beneficiaries."
Texas Orthopaedic Association and American Association of Orthopaedic
Surgeons will be advocating on behalf of physician-owned hospitals at
the April 2017 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference in Washington,
TOA's Summary of the 84th
The 84th Texas Legislature
concluded on June 1st, and TOA was engaged in over a dozen
issues that affected musculoskeletal health.
The various issues included allied health
provider scope expansions, pharmaceutical issues (compound pharmacy
ownership transparency and Schedule II prescribing changes), sports
medicine, commercial insurance, Medicaid, and more.
TOA members are encouraged to read the
June 12, 2015 TOA eConnect
to read a full analysis about how the 84th Legislature
affected orthopaedics in Texas and TOA's efforts.