January 1996 AAOS Report

Board approves work group findings, Position Statements

The Board of Directors, meeting in Chicago, Dec. 8-9, approved in principle the findings and implementation strategies of the Work Group on the Role of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Future Delivery Systems for Musculoskeletal Care. The work group was charged to report to the Board at its February meeting with specific methods to implement the strategies, a timetable, and budgetary impact, and a recommendation on how to disseminate the information to Academy fellows. A new Position Statement on Performance and Interpretation of In-Office Radiographic Studies by Orthopaedic Surgeons was approved. The Board also approved a revision of a Position Statement on Containing the Cost of Orthopaedic Implants. The Board approved the recommendation of the Task Force on the Orthopaedic Work Force to retain Rand Corp. to conduct a $250,000 study on projected demand for orthopaedic surgeon's services based on market demand and public health needs. In the future, the Academy will conduct on-going analysis of the trends in orthopaedic residency programs.

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