A leadership delegation from AAHKS met with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, MD and his health policy counselor in Washington, DC this week to discuss pertinent health care topics. AAHKS President Mark I. Froimson, MD, MBA, Immediate Past President William A. Jiranek, MD, FACS, AAHKS First Vice President Craig J. Della Valle, MD, Advocacy Council Chair Richard Iorio, MD and Evidence Based Medicine Committee Chair Adolph J. Yates, MD, Executive Director Michael J. Zarski, JD, Director for Advocacy, Joshua Kerr were on hand to open dialogue on issues important to AAHKS, including reform of quality measure reporting, opioid sparing therapy, physician-led quality reform and ensuring access to care for all patients.

Secretary Price discussed continuing collaboration with CMS and HHS on these issues. AAHKS is answering the call from Dr. Price to physicians to recommend more payment alternatives to fee-for-service Medicare.