South Carolina Orthopaedic Association
News & Updates: March 2022
LAST CALL: Share Your Research!
The deadline for Abstract & Resident Research Competition submissions for the 2022 SCOA Annual Meeting is almost here.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your research with your peers and to encourage residents within your sphere of influence to participate.

Instructions for submissions & our online form can be found here.

To be considered by the Program Committee, submissions must be received by March 31, 2022.
CON Action Alert
CON Repeal is NOT a done deal! 
S. 290 State Health Facility Licensure Act repealing Certificate of Need for all facilities and services except nursing homes passed the Senate on January 25. The CON Repeal Bill must still pass the House before it can be forwarded to the Governor and enacted. We expect opponents of repeal to seek reform instead.
The House Ways & Means Committee created a special Ad Hoc Committee chaired by Gary Simrill (Rock Hill) to study S. 290/CON and take testimony.
We originally expected this committee to meet this week, but we’ve been told to expect the first meeting during the week of April 18, 2022.
Members of the Ad Hoc Committee:
Gary Simrill-R, Rock Hill, Chairman
Bill Herbkersman-R, Bluffton portion of Beaufort County
Heather Crawford-R, Horry County
Mark Willis-R, Laurens County / Fountain Inn portion of Greenville County
Bill Clyburn-D, Aiken
Lonnie Hosey-D, Allendale / Bamberg Counties
Todd Rutherford-D, Columbia
Members of House Ways & Means Committee:
Action Items:
  • If you know or are represented by a member of the CON Ad Hoc Committee, contact that member ASAP to urge Repeal.
  • If you are available to testify in favor of Repeal the week of April 18, contact AnnMargaret McCraw: or 803-331-6295.
  • Contact your House Member soon to urge CON Repeal even if s/he is not on the Ad Hoc or Ways & Means Committees.
  • Thank House Members who express support of CON Repeal.
  • Let our lobbying team know when you make contact and what feedback you receive:
Tony Denny
Le Frye
SC Workers' Compensation Commission’s Medical Services Provider Manual 
The SC Workers' Compensation Commission’s Medical Services Provider Manual will be updated effective 4/1/22.

Rate and policy updates are highlighted in this Advisory Notice.

Practices will need to purchase the new Manual from Fair Health:
2022 SCOA Annual Meeting
Important Housing Update
If you plan to attend the 2022 SCOA Annual Meeting, book your room today as they sell out quickly! 
Hotel & Villa reservations should be made directly by calling one of the following numbers: 
  • The Sanctuary: 855-894-8478
  • Villa Resort: 866-763-5056

Please make sure that you mention you are participating in the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association Meeting and/or use our group booking ID #17897 to confirm your accommodations.
Please note that due to high call volumes, guests should anticipate a 72 hour call-back after leaving a voicemail message.
Articles of Interest
Orthopaedic Surgeon Charged with Healthcare Fraud by DOJ for Upcoding E/M Visits
An orthopaedic surgeon in MA was arrested for health care fraud on March 22. The Department of Justice alleges that he billed higher E/M visits than he could have possibly performed based on his daily appointment schedules reflecting between 60-90 patients per day. Auditors compared the schedule volume, which indicated each appointment could have only lasted 5 minutes, to the E/M codes billed for those visits, which indicated visits lasting 15-45 minutes. Click here to read more.
Bill to Promote Physician Mental Health Signed into Law
Content via the American Medical Association (AMA):
The Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act has been signed into law by President Joe Biden. The bill is designed to bolster the mental health infrastructure supporting physicians and other health professionals by establishing:

  • Grants for health professionals to help create evidence-based strategies to reduce burnout and the associated secondary mental health conditions related to job stress.
  • A national campaign to encourage health professionals to prioritize their mental health and to use available mental and behavioral health services.
  • Grants for employee education and peer-support programming.

The legislation also funds a comprehensive study on the mental health and burnout of doctors and other health professionals. To continue reading, click here.
HHS Secretary Expresses Interest in Medicare Fee Schedule Reform

HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said recently that he is "definitely interested" in looking at reforming the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

"I'm definitely interested, because I remember those 'cliffs' when I was in Congress," Becerra said in a briefing with a small group of health reporters. Click here to continue reading.
AMA & Others Study Burnout and Satisfaction
Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Integration in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2020
A new study conducted by the American Medical Association, Stanford University, and the Mayo Clinic evaluated the prevalence of burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among physicians and U.S. workers in 2020 relative to 2011, 2014, and 2017.

The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, shows that burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among U.S. physicians improved between 2017 and 2020. Physicians in specialties most impacted by COVID-19 experienced no significant changes in burnout. Additionally, physicians remain at increased risk for burnout relative to workers in other fields. The AMA, Stanford, and Mayo are currently conducting a follow-up national survey to evaluate changes in burnout and professional satisfaction an additional year into the pandemic. Click here to learn more.
Learn On Your Schedule
Replay past webinars by visiting the
SCOA Webinar Archive!
Past webinar topics include:
  • Attracting and Retaining Awesome Employees – Get It Right The First Time
  • The Top 3 Things to Do Daily to Seize Your Day and Feel More Accomplished, Healthier, and Happier
  • Survive and Thrive with Bundled Payments
  • And more!
Member Benefit: OrthoEvidence
Our members receive complimentary access to OrthoEvidence (OE) which is the global online source for high quality and timely orthopaedic-only evidence-based summaries, pre-appraised by orthopaedic medical experts.
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