Town Hall is your chance to speak out

By: Peter Pollack

By Peter Pollack

Have you ever wanted to express your views to or ask a question of the leadership of the Academy? Academy leaders would like to hear from you, and tomorrow’s Town Hall meeting is an excellent opportunity to let your voice be heard in an informal setting surrounded by your peers.

“In these difficult times, it’s important for Academy leadership to be open to the concerns of all our members,” says Robert H. Haralson III, MD, MBA, who will be moderating the meeting. “Not just those who serve on committees, but the vast majority of physicians who are focused on the day-to-day business of orthopaedics. The Town Hall meeting is a great setting for honest and direct contact.”

At the Town Hall, members will be able to speak openly with members of the AAOS Presidential Line, including AAOS President James H. Beaty, MD, First Vice President E. Anthony Rankin, MD, and Second Vice President Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD. Council and committee chairs—as well as AAOS staff members—will also be present to respond to your questions.

Held as part of the AAOS Annual Meeting, the Town Hall session enables members to raise a variety of issues, such as pay-for-performance, treatment guidelines, technology assessment, medical liability reform, physical therapy regulations, gainsharing, and expert witness testimony.

Additional areas of concern that could be discussed include the 2008 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, which pays participating physicians a bonus for reporting quality data to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the AAOS Standards of Professionalism, and other critical issues that could affect orthopaedists and their practices.

“Candor is a word I like to use to describe this meeting,” says Dr. Haralson. “Candor from the members in bringing up topics that are important to them, and candor from the leaders in responding to the needs of the membership. I urge everyone to come to the Town Hall and let their voices be heard as the Academy begins to plan its next steps.”

The Town Hall meeting starts at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the Gateway Ballroom at the Moscone Center.

Peter Pollack is a writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at