Representative Tom Price (R-GA) is on the short list of candidates to be Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Dr. Price is an orthopaedic surgeon and AAHKS member from Roswell, Georgia. As a senior member of the Ways & Means Committee, and Chairman of the Budget Committee, Dr. Price has spearheaded discussions around fair hip and knee replacement reimbursement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. He has been a consistent supporter of AAHKS in our efforts to improve the Comprehensive Joint Replacement Model, and position physicians to succeed under new payment regimes. Modern Healthcare reports, “On health payment reform, Price voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as MACRA. However, in October, Price aired some concerns over provisions he believed could increase administrative tasks and ‘ultimately threaten the doctor-patient relationship’.” Whether Dr. Price is in the Trump Administration’s Cabinet in 2017, or remains in Congress, he will remain an influential health policy voice for physicians and patients. Full story.