June 1999 AAOS Report

Bylaws amendment on emergency resolutions recommended by Association board

The Board of Directors of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association), meeting May 22, adopted a proposed amendment to the Bylaws on emergency resolutions. The proposed amendment requires that emergency resolutions must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the annual business meeting and communicated to the fellowship upon arrival at the Annual Meeting. If adopted by the fellowship, the emergency resolution would be advisory and not binding on the Board of Directors. The Board also approved a resolution recommended by the Board of Councilors that the Association should continue to educate the fellowship about federal fraud and abuse statutes and make available model compliance programs to assist orthopaedic surgeons in complying with these statutes. The Association also was urged to develop a campaign to refute the Health Care Financing Administration's allegations of intentional fraud and abuse by physicians, and to highlight efforts made toward compliance and the difficulty of adhering to "vague and poorly understood" guidelines. The Board also recommended a Bylaws change which would allow an Active Fellow of any age who has completely retired from practice to request a transfer to the status of Emeritus Fellow.

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