Have your say - and learn what others are saying

By: Alan Hilibrand, MD

By Alan Hilibrand, MD

Advocacy symposium focuses on reform, election issues
Will Medicare reimbursements go down? Will you need to work more hours—for less money? Will you face more medical liability suits?

Without action by orthopaedic surgeons to educate our patients and our elected officials, the answer to all of these questions will be yes.

At the advocacy symposium, Orthopaedic Advocacy: The 2008 Election, the AAOS, and You, you will hear the latest proposals and candidate platforms on healthcare reform, Medicare reimbursement changes, and medical liability reform.

Get the answers
Do you know the definition of “mandates”? What does “universal coverage” mean? Is it true that one of the Presidential candidates is advocating a Canadian-style single-payor health system?

Advocacy Council Chair, David A. Halsey, MD, will discuss these issues and compare the proposals from various candidates. Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, AAOS past president and current chair of the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC), will update you on the battle for medical liability reform and explain how the PAC supports political leaders of both parties who support the interests of orthopaedic surgeons.

David Lovett, director of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ office of government relations, will provide background on Medicare reimbursement and “scope of practice” issues, particularly as they relate to the upcoming National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (May 1 – 3 in Washington, D.C).

Those ready to accept the challenges of advocacy on behalf of our professional practices can learn from John T. Gill, MD, Board of Councilors chair, who will discuss his personal experiences as a fund- raiser for political candidates and the various ways he has become involved in the political process on both state and federal levels.

Express your opinion
Using the audience response system, attendees will be able to express their political views and opinions on current advocacy issues. Any unanswered questions will be addressed during the 30-minute open session at the end of the symposium.

Be sure to attend the advocacy symposium today, at 4 p.m. in Room 2005 of Moscone West. Express your views and find out how you can participate in the political process to drive legislation that protects your interests.