In a letter to CMS this week, AAHKS President, Jay R. Lieberman, MD, expressed support of the recommendation by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to create a new DRG for hip fractures.

The AAMC conducted an evidence-based review of the national impact of this unique sub-population on the more than 70% of BPCI Phase 2 national participants (Lewin Year One evaluation) who have selected major joint replacement of the lower extremity. The analysis and recommendations focus on traumatic hip fractures repaired by total or partial arthroplasty (DRG 469/470). AAHKS joins with the AAMC in advocating new care design strategies to improve outcomes with a unique focus on hip fracture/MJR patients and provide a solution for the dilemma of changing rate of hip fractures not anticipated from the baseline period.

Read the entire letter.