March 2001 AAOS Report

Board approves practice, communication programs

The AAOS Board of Directors on Feb. 27 approved two major programs to help members improve their practice management and patient communication skills. In presenting the business plan for the project, David A. Halsey, MD, who leads the practice management product team, reviewed research that showed 70 percent of the fellowship believe practice management information is an important resource. The program calls for developing a Practice Management Center on the AAOS Virtual Orthopaedic Campus on the AAOS home page. The services that will be offered include partnerships with outside parties with practice management expertise, a CPT Coding Assistance Service, and an expanded AAOS membership database on group practices. The second program, presented by John R. Tongue, MD, chairman of the Board of Councilors, involves developing a cadre of orthopaedic surgeons trained in physician-patient communication skills who will train other AAOS members in these skills. Research has found that some orthopaedic surgeons lack skills as listeners and communicators with their patients.

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