AAOS Report - November, 2005

AAOS launches Phase II of MLR campaign

Phase II of the AAOS medical liability reform (MLR) campaign rolled out on Oct. 6 with a national media roundtable in Washington, D.C., and a radio broadcast blitz in Maryland and Washington state. This effort is sponsored by Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR)—a nationwide coalition of more than 230,000 physicians working for meaningful federal medical liability reform. The AAOS is a founding member of DMLR, whose goal is to keep liability reform at the forefront of the national debate and to build a grassroots network in key target states.

AAOS President Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, who currently serves as DMLR chairman, said at the media roundtable, “Our goal is to get all levels educated, energized and activated for the next crucial round of this battle.”

The campaign launch also included the premier of a new, interactive Web site that includes educational, up-to-the minute information about the medical liability crisis and reform efforts across the country. Site visitors can also sign and submit petitions that highlight the need for federal reform. Although the site is primarily geared to patients, a section for physicians includes a downloadable free poster for practice waiting rooms.

Dr. Weinstein urges AAOS members to support the effort. “Medical Liability Reform is a tough battle, and physicians need to get involved,” he said. “We have called on fund-raising professionals to help in this crucial effort. If you receive a call on behalf of the AAOS during the next few months, please be generous in your support of the campaign.”

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