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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Meets with Maine Congressional Representative

Adam Rana, M.D.

JULY 2014 – On Thursday, May 1, 2014, myself and over 300 other orthopedic surgeons from around the country traveled to Capitol Hill. Our groups met with U.S. Congressional Representatives as part of the 2014 American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). I was one of two doctors from Maine meeting with Maine’s Congressional Representatives, which included Senator Susan Collins.

During these meetings, Stephen Rodrique, M.D. and I focused on a variety of key orthopedic issues. We discussed with our senators and representatives the following actions;

  1. Repeal and replace the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.
  2. Adopt antitrust reforms that would correct the imbalance between healthcare professionals and health plans.

Regarding the SGR issue, one fellow AAOS member stated that, “Continuing the reckless system of simply passing one patch after another is harmful to the economy and to Medicare patients seeking access to specialties they desperately need.”

In addition to meeting with Congressional Representatives, I also attended a number of symposia as the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Health Care Policy Fellow. One symposium of significant interest concerned changing the discussion from how much orthopedic surgery costs to how much value it provides. What has been missing from the narrative about our profession is the indirect cost savings that result with appropriate orthopedic care, so that patients can continue to work, maintain their mobility, live independently, and contribute to society.

A very powerful video developed by the AAOS is “Second Firsts” – which highlights the return to activities and occupations by patients who have had orthopedic procedures. Click here to see more.