AAOS Report - June, 2006

NOLC visits Hill during “Health Week”

As part of the 2006 National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC), about 200 orthopaedists visited their legislators on Capitol Hill on May 4. NOLC participants urged U.S. Senators and Representatives to fix the flawed Medicare payment formula and preserve office-based imaging services, including reversing the cut in payment for imaging services that will go forward on Jan. 1, 2007, without Congressional intervention.

During NOLC, the Florida delegation convinced Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) to sign the DMLR pledge. (From left to right, seated) BOC members Patrick M.J. Hutton, MD; Alan S. Routman, MD (holding the signed pledge); Jose Montanez-Huertas, MD; Adam S. Bright, MD; (standing) Marge Hutton; BOC member Mark E. Fahey, MD; Sen. Martinez; BOC member Brian S. Ziegler, MD; Cynthia Halcin, MD; and Fraser Cobbe, executive director of the Florida Orthopaedic Society.

During these visits, debate began on S. 22, the Medical Care Access Protection Act of 2006. Orthopaedic surgeons urged U.S. Senators to sign the Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR) pledge to support comprehensive medical liability reform, and vote for S. 22. However, the measure did not receive the necessary 60 votes for cloture when it came up for a vote the following week.

NOLC participants included leaders from state orthopaedic and orthopaedic specialty societies, and members of the Board of the Directors, the Board of Specialties Societies (BOS); the Board of Councilors (BOC), the Political Action Committee Executive Committee, the Leadership Fellows Program, the Washington Health Policy Fellows Program, and the Council on Advocacy. AAOS members can view the packets of materials supplied to participants online (password protected).

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