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Resolutions Committee holds open hearing today

The AAOS Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed resolutions of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association) today at 1:00 p.m. in Room 270 of the Moscone Convention Center. All fellows are encouraged to participate.

A newly proposed Association resolution on improving the transparency and openness in the AAOS Professional Compliance Program, submitted by the Florida Orthopaedic Society, will be considered. As part of the required 5-year review process, two Academy resolutions and five Association resolutions will also be considered.

Copies of all resolutions and the recommendations of the Board of Councilors (BOC), the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), and the AAOS Board of Directors were included in the official meeting notice sent to each fellow in January 2008.

The Resolutions Committee encourages all fellows to attend the open hearing and express their opinions before the committee makes its recommendations on the resolutions. All fellows will have the opportunity to vote on the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee on each of the proposed resolutions shortly after the 2008 Annual Meeting.

Academy Resolutions
Two Academy resolutions will be considered under the 5-year review process.

Resolution 1—Enhanced Role of Practicing, Non-surgical Orthopaedic Physician: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continuing to support members who provide nonsurgical orthopaedic care and offering educational opportunities that would be of interest to them.

Resolution 2—Health and Fitness Assessment and Maintenance: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Academy continue its efforts to promote health and healthy lifestyles through education of the fellowship and the general public.

Association Resolutions
One new, duly submitted Association resolution will be discussed, and five resolutions will be considered under the 5-year review process.

Resolution 3—Improve Transparency and Openness in the AAOS Professional Compliance Program: According to the Florida Orthopaedic Society, its sponsor, the intent of this resolution is to establish an “open and transparent system” by requiring the AAOS Professional Compliance Program to implement certain measures, including publishing “pertinent information” on every case and making all documents submitted to the program available for review upon request of any fellow.

Based on information received from the outside counsel who helped the AAOS develop the Professional Compliance Program and who oversees the long-standing professional compliance program at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, along with the unanimous input of the AAOS Committee on Professionalism, both the BOC and the BOS oppose this resolution. Both the BOC and BOS also voted down a less expansive substitute resolution at their joint meeting in October 2007. In December 2007, the AAOS Board of Directors voted to oppose the adoption of this resolution.

Resolution 4—Support for Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs): This resolution would continue AAOS support of legislation to advance the development and use of MSAs. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend retaining this resolution.

Resolution 5—Collective Bargaining Issues: This resolution calls for the AAOS to work in concert with the American Medical Association and other allied organizations to find legal mechanisms for physicians to engage in group negotiations with third-party insurers and to keep the AAOS membership informed of physician-group negotiation issues. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend retaining this resolution.

Resolution 6—Surgical and Other Medical Society Cooperation Regarding Health Care Reform Proposals: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continued support by individuals and organizations of federal legislation encouraging access to universal, affordable health care, consistent with the AAOS Unified Advocacy Agenda.

Resolution 7—Disability Insurance Policies: The intent of this resolution is to include language in disability insurance policies of insured healthcare workers that makes them eligible for benefits when they are no longer physically able to perform all the tasks required in their specialty or are unable to practice due to public health concerns. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors support retaining this resolution.

Resolution 8—Orthopaedic Surgeons as Highly Qualified and Cost-Effective Professionals: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continued support of the position that orthopaedists are “highly qualified and cost-effective professionals for the management of the full spectrum of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.”

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