Action Alert: Congress Congress to Stop Medicare’s Surgical Cuts

August 19, 2020

  Medicare proposed musculoskeletal cuts of at least 5 percent in its 2021 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule earlier this summer. All surgeons are encouraged to contact their members of Congress to co-sponsor HR 8702 to prevent the cuts by the end of the year. Click here to send an e-mail to ask your member…

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March 25, 2020

  Click here to learn more about Congress’ end-of-year legislation in 2020. Texas DSHS Dashboard – June 2020 Click here for DSHS’s dashboard, including hospitalizations by trauma service area. Financial Relief Refer to TOA’s e-mail updates for members for extensive details related to federal relief. Texas Medical Board Click here to view the TMB’s guidance.…

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Are You Ready for the Trump Administration’s New Price Transparency Rules?

December 10, 2019

Author: Mel Gunawardena, Managing Partner, SYNERGEN Health In November 2019, two new rules that require pricing information to be made public were finalized by executive order and announced by the Trump administration. The rules – Calendar Year 2020 Outpatient Prospective Payment System & Ambulatory Surgical Center Price Transparency Requirements for Hospitals to Make Standard Charges…

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A Look at Medicare’s Competitive Bidding Program for DME

November 19, 2019

TOA recently sat down with Ross DeRogatis of Matrix Orthopedics to look at Medicare’s Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive Bidding program, which will affect back and knee braces. Ross is the President/Owner of Matrix Orthopedics, an exclusive Donjoy distributor.  He has been in the DME space for over 10 years and…

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The Medical Expert Witness Industry: Q&A with J. Clark Race, MD

November 6, 2019

Clark Race, MD is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been in private practice in the Austin area since 1983. Dr. Race recently created Expert Witness Doctors to provide medicolegal services, which include depositions, trial testimony, medical record reviews, IMEs, peer reviews, disability evaluations, designated doctor exams,…

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A Look at the Evolution of Football Injuries

September 10, 2019

TOA recently sat down with Field Scovell, MD of the Carrell Clinic in Frisco and Shane Miller, MD of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco to take a look at the evolution of football injuries and their treatment. The following is TOA’s conversation. TOA: Have you and your colleagues changed the way that…

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Texas Medical Board Offers Guidance Related to the State’s New Opioid Law

August 30, 2019

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) issued preliminary guidance related to Texas’ new limit on opioid prescriptions that will go into effect on September 1, 2019. The 10-day limit on opioid prescriptions was created by HB 2174 in the 2019 Texas Legislature. Click here to view the initial guidance: HB 2174 Initial Guidance – TMB

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TOA Encourages the Texas Medical Board to Seek Legislative Intent on Opioid CME Bills

August 26, 2019

The Texas Orthopaedic Association (TOA) supported legislative efforts in the 2019 Texas Legislature to require continuing medical education (CME) for prescribing opioids. TOA was pleased that lawmakers worked with TOA on the issue. Instead of passing an omnibus bill related to opioids, the 2019 Texas Legislature took a “shotgun approach” to opioids by passing a…

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