AAOS Report - November, 2005

AAOS Board of Directors approve several new projects, position statements, amended Ethnics Opinions

The AAOS Board of Directors (Board) took several actions at the Sept. 23-24 meeting in Rosemont, Ill.

The Board approved an Academic Practice Benchmarking project in which the Academic Affairs Council’s Academic Business and Practice Management Committee will work to develop clinical benchmarks for nine musculoskeletal subspecialties, with the goal of completing the project in 2008.

The Board approved a joint proposal from the Council on Health Policy and Practice and the Council on Education to establish an AAOS Practice Management Education Program. The plan calls for the Academy to expand its practice management programs, including a multi-day review and update course, audio programs, articles delivered via e-mail and a self-assessment examination.

Honoring the late AAOS Executive Vice President William W. Tipton Jr., MD, the Board approved a $50,000 contribution to the William W. Tipton Jr., MD, Orthopaedic Leadership Endowment, a permanent endowment maintained through the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. It will recognize and nurture outstanding orthopaedic leaders.

The Board approved a new position statement, “Consensus Standards for Medical Devices,” advanced by the Council on Research and Scientific Affairs. The statement notes in part, “The AAOS supports the ongoing involvement of orthopaedic surgeons in monitoring national and international standards important to the practice of orthopaedics for clinical relevance, revising them as clinical evidence and technology warrant.” The statement can be found at: http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/position/1169.asp The Board approved an amended “Advisory Statement on the Importance of Good Communications in the Physician-Patient Relationship.” The revised statement can be found on the AAOS Web site at: http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/advistmt/1017.asp The Board also approved Opinions on Ethics and Professionalism regarding “Health Research;” “Sexual Harassment;” and the “Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Relationship with Industry,” as amended. The opinions can be found online at: http://www.aaos.org/about/papers/ethics.asp

As the final step in moving the AAOS Professional Compliance Program (PCP) forward, the Board approved the PCP Procedures and Grievance Report and voted to disband the Expert Witness Board Project Team—with commendation.

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