April 2003 AAOS Report

AAOS launches major professional liability reform initiative

The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is about to launch a major new initiative aimed at finally achieving meaningful professional liability reform, and members will be asked to become part of this very important effort by making contributions to support the campaign. Fellows are urged to watch for a letter that will soon reach their desks in which the AAOS Presidential line outlines the details of this unprecedented effort. The Board of Directors has approved establishment of a restricted fund of $1 million from the AAOS endowment portfolio to be used for a comprehensive program that will include a focused public media campaign and grassroots campaign targeting key senators. It is critical that AAOS move quickly to organize and fund these efforts because the opposition is already hard at work telling their story in the media and the halls of Congress. Watch for this important letter and please consider your contribution to this unprecedented effort to assure liability reform.

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