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Resolutions Committee Holds Open Hearing Tomorrow

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) on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. in Room 270 of the Moscone Convention Center. All fellows are encouraged to participate.

One Academy resolution and two Association resolutions will be considered as part of the 5-year review process.

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 December 2011.

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 2012 Annual Meeting.

Academy Resolution
Resolution #1—Public Relations Efforts of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons:
The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Academy, in cooperation with affiliated musculoskeletal caregivers, continue to place a high priority on representing orthopaedic surgeons as highly qualified and compassionate professionals who care for the diseases of the entire musculoskeletal system. To help accomplish this goal, the BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Academy continue to appropriately fund and staff the Academy’s Communications Cabinet to carry out this high priority and to coordinate the organization’s member communications efforts.

Association Resolutions
Resolution #2—Advance Notification Date of Nominating Committee Recommendations:
This resolution, which was adopted in 2007 and was effective at the 2009 Annual Meeting, states that the AAOS Nominating Committee will announce and ensure the distribution of its list of proposed candidates for AAOS officer and other positions to the fellowship at least 60 days in advance of the AAOS Annual Meeting. The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors support rescinding this resolution because a bylaw amendment adopted by the fellowship in 2010 provides that the AAOS Nominating Committee shall distribute its slate of proposed candidates for AAOS positions to the fellowship at least 120 days in advance of the AAOS Annual Meeting.

Resolution #3—Reduced Medicare Fees for Orthopaedic Surgeons: The BOC, BOS, and AAOS Board of Directors recommend that the Association continue to support negotiations to eliminate inequities in the physician fee schedule and to remain a member of the American Medical Association/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee.

In addition, they recommend that the Association continue to monitor and offer suggestions on improving methods of updating and correcting inappropriate physician work values, inappropriate values for Evaluation and Management codes; and other potential vulnerabilities in the physician payment system. Further, they recommend continuing coalition-building with other national medical associations and public interest groups to address these serious issues.

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