Have your say at 2007 Town Hall Meeting

Have your say at 2007 Town Hall Meeting

By Robert H. Haralson, III, MD

In my years of practice, I’ve found that the best way to get an answer is to ask a direct question. It may be polite to inquire “How are you doing?” but you get a lot more pertinent information if you ask “On a scale of one to 10, how much does your knee hurt?”

That same desire for candor is behind the AAOS Town Hall Meeting, which will take place tomorrow at 10:45 a.m., immediately following the Business Meetings in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Do you want to know what the AAOS is doing in developing treatment guidelines?

Do you think that the AAOS has missed the boat on addressing pay for performance issues?

Do you believe that the AAOS should pay more attention to technology assessment and less attention to scope of practice issues…or vice versa?

The Town Hall Meeting is your opportunity to address questions to orthopaedic leaders in research, education, advocacy, and communications. It’s your chance to tell the AAOS leadership what you think are the most pressing issues facing your practice.

At previous Town Halls, members have raised such issues as:

  • pay for performance
  • treatment guidelines
  • technology assessment
  • medical liability reform
  • physical therapy regulations
  • gainsharing
  • expert witness

As a matter of fact, the current Professional Compliance Program and the Standards of Professionalism are offshoots of the very first Town Hall Meeting.

Members of the Board of Councilors and the Board of Specialty Societies, as well as Council, Committee and Cabinet chairs, and key AAOS staff from both the Rosemont and Washington, D.C., offices will be present to provide responses. Once again, I will moderate the session, the AAOS Presidential Line will be on the podium, and I hope you will be in the audience.

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