December 2000 AAOS Report

Business Meeting will consider Resolutions, Bylaw amendments

The business meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons will take place from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2001 in the Gateway Ballroom of the Moscone Convention Center, followed by the business meeting of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing on the proposed resolutions on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Ballroom, Sections 1-2, of the Argent Hotel. The Bylaws Committee will conduct an Open Hearing on Thursday, March 1, 2001, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the same location. Several resolutions and proposed bylaw amendments will be presented for fellowship vote at the 2001 Annual Meeting. One newly submitted AAOS resolution involves recertification. If adopted it would require, among other things, that the Academy appoint a representative work group to meet with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), the American Board of Medical Specialties and others "to broadly study, consider and revise the current ABOS recertification process, with the goal of developing and implementing valid, reliable, credible, accountable, cost effective, unobtrusive and clinically relevant pathways that accurately assess an orthopaedic surgeon's continued competence in the areas of orthopaedics in which he or she practices." Other newly submitted resolutions relate to health care financing and the tax code, evaluation and management (E∓M) codes, and prompt payment legislation. In addition, the fellowship will consider recommendations on the seven resolutions adopted in 1996. There are also two sets of proposed amendments to the AAOS Bylaws; these amendments clarify the AAOS resolutions process.

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