AGS COSAR Minutes of Meeting

The most recent AGS-COSAR ( Council of State Affiliate Representatives ) meeting was held as a telephone conference on October 9, 2015. The following is an outline.

Public Policy Update
Physician Fee Schedule
LTC changes on rules
Code separately for Advance Care Planning
Comments on Chronic Care Management
Payment for Chronic Care Management Code
Quality Measures PQRS
Value Based Modifier
Implementation of SGR Reform Law
Physician Fee Schedule
Merit Based Pay System
CMS rules for Meaningful Use Stage III
EHR Standard
Alternative Payment Models
Population Based Health

Policy Side of Advocacy
Advance Care Planning Code
Care Planning Act
Advance Directives across State Plan
Payment to Interdisciplinary Care Team
Drug Prices
Workforce Issues
Legislation of Primary Care Nurses Geriatrics Progeram

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Geriatric Orthopedics
Wound Care

COSAR Co-Chairs Jim Powers and Kathy Frank drafted a set of COSAR goals where each state representatives could add comments/prioritize items. Please discuss with your local colleagues and send back the completed COSAR Goal 2016-2017 excel spreadsheet to Jason at We will use your comments for future COSAR meetings.
Jim Powers and Kathy Frank
COSAR Co-Chairs

Re: COSAR Community blog on MyAGSOnline – we would like to offer the following below. Can you help us?
Thanks, Jim

COSAR Community Conversation for MyAGSOnline
Topic: Geriatric Branding
World Health Organization’s recent report, Aging and Health, suggests that society needs to think differently about aging. Do you agree?
Johns Hopkins Geriatricians sampled Baltimore residents and asked, “How well can a sample of individuals encountered on the street describe what geriatricians do?” They posted the results on the link below.

As COSAR members we need to constantly re-examine our goals and objectives, and we want to hear from you. What does Geriatrics mean? What do geriatricians do? What does the public know about geriatrics? Should geriatricians focus on population health, health promotion, as well as chronic disease and syndromes? How do we increase awareness among physician colleagues of what geriatricians do? Are there other segments of the population we need to reach to support geriatric care? What do you think?