How does the AAOS serve you?

For a personal tour of the many resources the Academy offers, look no further than Academy Row. This exhibit area is devoted to AAOS programs and services that help you educate your patients and meet your clinical and professional responsibilities. AAOS staff are available to explain the programs and answer your questions.

Jan Weis, manger, clinical practice guidelines, reviews the process with Richard P. Evans, MD, in Academy Row.

Academy Row is located adjacent to the AAOS Resource Center Bookstore in Academy Hall, Sails Pavilion. Be sure to schedule some time to visit the booths, meet with your colleagues and AAOS staff, and take advantage of these important resources.

Professional Compliance Program
The Professional Compliance Program is based on the Fellowship-adopted Standards of Professionalism (SOPs), which establish mandatory, minimum levels of acceptable conduct for AAOS fellows and members. For further information, visit

Practice Management
Resources for every practice can be found at the Practice Management Center—including a wide range of free online tools that help you manage your practice from a business perspective.

Learn first-hand about the new Revenue Management Program powered by Gateway EDI. This member benefit program provides claims clearinghouse services and helps you control costs, streamline claims submission, and get paid faster!

The new electronic Patient Encounter Narratives (ePEN) can save you hundreds of hours in developing customized narrative templates for thousands of diagnosis codes. Designed to work with any electronic medical records system, ePEN templates are complete, yet flexible enough to help you document each type and level of patient encounter.

For more information, visit

Patient Safety
Through member education, advocacy efforts, and AAOS member communications, the Patient Safety Committee works to position the Academy as a leader in patient safety. The booth features free tools to evaluate and enhance your team’s communications and patient safety. For more information, visit and also

Evidence-based guidelines
Learn more about evidence-based recommendations that can support your treatment decisions and improve your patient outcomes. Pick up a free brochure and learn about the resources available to you on the AAOS Web site. For more information, visit

The OrthoPortal
This new Web portal gives you access to all of the Academy’s online publications and educational resources with a single login. Let knowledgeable AAOS staff guide you through the features and advanced search capabilities of the new OrthoPortal Web site. Pick up an OrthoPortal content guide and USB smart button and you’ll be one click away. For more information, visit

Member benefits and physician Web sites
Build your own free physician Web site. Stop by for a demonstration and learn about the many online AAOS member benefits, including navigation of member-only areas and your member profile. For more information on your AAOS member benefits, visit

Public relations
Pick up and order all the free 2011 public service announcement tools and resources to help educate patients and the community on the dangers of distracted driving. Other free materials also are available. For a brochure and an order form, visit

Culturally competent care
Talk with members of the Diversity Advisory Board about the Academy’s initiatives to educate orthopaedic surgeons in the practice of culturally competent care and to reduce healthcare disparities. Test your awareness with the online Cultural Competency Challenge and get continuing medical education credits. For more information, visit

Prepared by Bronwyn Barerra, marketing manager.