April 1998 AAOS Report

Academy members approved a resolution on physician group negotiation issues at the annual business meeting in New Orleans. The resolution states that the Academy "shall work in concert with the American Medical Association and other appropriate organizations to promote legal mechanisms to allow physicians to engage in group negotiations in order to compete in the managed care environment and to continue to be their patient's advocate." The Academy will keep the membership informed on physicians group negotiation issues. The members also approved a resolution to support educational efforts and continue to support legislation to encourage the development and use of Medical Savings Accounts (MSA). The Academy will make efforts to expand the current federal MSA demonstration project. Also approved was a resolution that the Academy shall continue to support members who provide nonsurgical orthopaedic care and that the Academy will provide educational opportunities of particular interest for members who provide nonsurgical orthopaedic care.

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