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Don't miss the Resolutions Committee 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 p.m. in Room 25A of the San Diego Convention Center.

As part of the 5-year review process, three Academy resolutions and five Association resolutions will 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.

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 resolutions and the recommendations of the Resolutions Committee shortly after the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Academy Resolutions
Resolution #1—Maintenance of Certification (MOC): The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continuing communications with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) about the current MOC process.

Resolution #2—Residency Review Committee: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continuing to support the work of the Residency Review Committee on Orthopaedic Surgery in its role of accrediting orthopaedic residency and fellowship programs in an efficient and effective manner.

Resolution #3—FDA; Regulation of Orthopaedic Devices, Biological Products and Pharmaceuticals: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Academy continue to encourage the timely and efficient development, introduction, and ongoing surveillance of orthopaedic devices, biologic products, and pharmaceuticals to facilitate the safety, monitoring, and availability of these products.

Association Resolutions
Resolution #4—Healthcare Financing and the Tax Code: The BOC, BOS, and the AAOS Board of Directors recommend that this resolution be rescinded, as it is no longer a foundational advocacy principle of the AAOS.

Resolution #5—Billing Codes for Evaluation and Management of Physician Services: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend continuing Association opposition to the “misuse of the Evaluation and Management codes (E & M codes) by the government, private payers and others.” In addition, the Association would support the modification of the E & M and International Classification of Disease codes to make them more “user-friendly.”

Resolution #6—Prompt Payment and Uniform Claims: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Association: (a) continue to support legislation and policies that mandate the prompt payment of physician claims at the federal, state, and private insurance levels; (b) continue to monitor prompt payment legislation and policies and develop specific recommendations about which are most effective from an orthopaedic surgeon’s point of view; (c) seek and support legislation that would require insurance companies to provide all fee schedules and edits upon request to prospective or existing contracted physicians; and (d) support legislation and policies that permit the acceptance of electronic physician claims at the federal, state, and private insurance levels.

Resolution #7—Physician Practice with Managed Care Organizations; Physician Practice as an Employee of a Hospital or Foundation Closely Affiliated with a Hospital: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors support expanding the current Association resolution dealing with physicians in relationships with managed care organizations (MCOs) to include those physicians who are employed by hospitals or foundations that are closely affiliated with the hospital.

Resolution #8—Medicare Reimbursement; Advocacy; Friend of the Court Briefs: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors continue to support the Association’s taking appropriate steps to challenge reductions in Medicare reimbursement for orthopaedic procedures and ancillary services provided by orthopaedic surgeons and submitting friend of the court briefs or otherwise participating in litigation affecting orthopaedic surgeons and their patients.

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