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John Finkenberg, MD, is on the North American Spine Society's board of directors as the chair of the advocacy committee. He has practiced orthopedic surgery for 20 years while also staying active in laboratory and clinical research. Dr. Finkenberg advocates for NASS and the spinal field through frequent trips to Washington, D.C., to meet with Congressmen and discuss healthcare policy.
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Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill to repeal the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax, according to the Minnesota Post.
A recently proposed house bill, Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 (HR 6719), would augment federal support for telehealth services across the country, according to a report by PhysBizTech.
President Barack Obama is returning to Washington, D.C., today, cutting short his holiday vacation, to prompt further negotiations to avoid the fiscal cliff. However, senior officials in both parties are beginning to resign to the fact a deal to avoid the tax hikes and spending cuts by the new year is unlikely, according to a Politico report.
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Minnesota Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken are fighting the medical device tax mandated by healthcare reform, according to the Star Tribune.
North American Spine Society members attended a telephone town hall meeting with Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas), to discuss healthcare policies, according to SpineLine.
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Monday, 19 November 2012 10:18

AAOS Hosts Washington DC Advocacy Event

In September, the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ office of government relations hosted a reception for Congressional members, staff and other healthcare stakeholders to strengthen their relationship and discuss issues such as the Medicare sustainable growth rate, budget sequester and the role of orthopedic surgeons in healthcare reform, according to an AAOS Now report.
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A 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales slated to go into effect Jan. 1 is under opposition from Congressional members, according to the Journal Gazette.
Thursday, 13 September 2012 15:14

AAOS Enables Members to Contact Congress

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons' office of government relations will now enable AAOS members to easily send messages to Congressional representatives.
Here are five spine surgeon leaders discussing how Congress should proceed with healthcare reform.
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