AAOE: Advocacy, Benchmarking, Education, and More

By: Addy Kujawa

Addy Kujawa

While you’re taking advantage of the many educational opportunities the AAOS Annual Meeting has to offer, why not look into the opportunities available to you and your staff through membership in the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives (AAOE)? From advocacy education to practice benchmarking, the AAOE offers you more than you’d expect.

In the current healthcare landscape, orthopaedic practice executives need to be up to date on current federal and state legislation, rules, and regulations. The AAOE’s Advocacy Council ensures that members get the information they need through a monthly Legislative and Regulatory Update. Many members call this a “top benefit” that they can share with physicians in the practice. AAOE not only keeps practice executives informed, it also alerts them to important actions they can take.

The AAOE Benchmarking Survey is a must for any orthopaedic practice executive. This year, the AAOE’s Benchmarking Committee has created a list of reports to run before starting the survey, to ensure that the information you’ll need is at your fingertips. Also new are tools on how to make the most of the results and an educational course on how to use survey results in developing practice strategies, which will be presented during the AAOE annual conference.

The AAOE annual conference—May 20–22, at the Hilton New Orleans—features a range of educational offerings, the opportunity to network, and a vendor hall filled with products and services to improve your practice’s bottom line.

AAOE webinars are free to members and are open to all staff and physicians in the member’s office(s). More than a dozen topics are already planned for 2012—from sessions on implementing ICD-10 to using social media to market your practice, and more topics are being added to the schedule regularly.

In these tough economic times, it’s more important than ever that your practice operates cost efficiently and maximizes revenue from all available sources. Whether your practice administrator is a seasoned veteran or just starting out, the educational, networking, and hands-on opportunities available at the AAOE annual conference will help him or her help you achieve that goal.

Membership in the AAOE is a bargain—just $325 per person, regardless of practice size. Membership isn’t limited to practice executives; orthopaedic surgeons—particularly those in small practices or solo practitioners who manage their own practices—will also benefit from AAOE membership. Even billing and coding staff are welcome.

Sign up now
Stop by the AAOE Booth, located in the Academy Hall, Booth 122, in Moscone West and pick up membership information, the preliminary program, and conference registration materials. Join the AAOE and save $500 in registration fees. Until April 4, the registration fee is just $550 for AAOE members and $1,050 for nonmembers.

If you have any questions or would like further information, call toll-free (800) 247-9699, email, or go online to

Addy Kujawa is executive director of the AAOE; she can be reached at