April 1996 AAOS Report

'Winning at Risk' course receives high praise

The Academy's newest addition to its managed care course series - "Winning at Risk: The Interplay of Cost, Quality and Access in Orthopaedic Practice" - has been receiving high grades from participants. One course registrant said, "Hearing that others are concerned as I am about this topic helped me to gain perspective. Now, I feel that I can step away from my own situation and view it more objectively, and a lot less emotionally." Another participant commented after completing the course, "I learned that we can sell ourselevs better to payers by presenting what we do best, and by having the statistics to prove it." The 1 1/2-day course was deisgned by the Academy to provide information on how to reduce personal, professional, clinical, and financial risk under managed care contracts. Tips on how to retain more patients, increase market share, enhance profits, and successfully negiotate managed care contracts are addressed. Course dates and locations in 1996 are May 4-5, Chicago; June 14-15, Los Angeles; Sept. 28-29, Arlington, Va.; Oct. 19-20, Dallas; Nov. 9-10, San Francisco; and Dec. 7-8, Atlanta. The course includes panel discussions, case examples, and concludes with an applied strategies workshop. Faculty members include 1993 Academy president Bernard A. Rineberg, MD; Thomas J. Grogan, MD; Robert W. Westergan, MD; Richard E. Strain Jr., MD; and managed care executive Linda Eldridge. Orthopaedic surgeons and their practice administrators and managers are encouraged to attend the course. Registration fees are $475 for Academy members; $475 for practice administrators and managers of Academy members; $575 for nonmember orthopaedists and their managers and administrators; and $625 for all other nonmembers. To register, contact the Academy's customer service department, (800) 626-6726. Additional course information also can be found on the Academy's home page in the "Medical Education" section.

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