AAOS Bulletin - April, 2006

In the news

AAOS files amicus curiae brief in Ohio medical liability case
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is joining with the Ohio State Medical Association and the American Medical Association in filing an amicus curiea brief in Banfield v. Brodell in the Ohio appellate court. The appeal concerns whether an “Affidavit of Merit” from a qualified expert physician is required when a lawsuit alleging medical negligence is filed. In this case, a patient alleged her surgeon was negligent but did not attach the Affidavit of Merit despite its being required under Ohio law. The trial court initially dismissed the lawsuit but subsequently reversed itself by stating that the Affidavit of Merit was unnecessary.

AAOS has taken the position that legislation should be enacted requiring a physician’s affidavit certifying a claim has merit before it is filed, and that there should be no exceptions to this requirement. See the “AAOS Position Statement on Professional Liability: Tort Reform.” For more information, visit online.

PVRP program now underway
The Physician Voluntary Reporting Program (PVRP) is the first step in moving physicians toward a value-based purchasing system (also referred to as pay-for-performance or P4P) under the Medicare program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services designed the PVRP as a tool to begin encouraging physicians to report on a core starter set of 16 measures, and will make confidential feedback reports to physicians on their reporting rate and their performance rate for each of the measures they report on.

Codes in the starter set applicable to orthopaedic surgery and office-based orthopaedic care include:  1) antibiotic prophylaxis in surgical patients, 2) thromboembolism prophylaxis in surgical patients, and 3) assessment of elderly patients for falls.

To receive feedback, physicians must register their intent to participate online. Registering does not obligate a physician to participate. For more information, visit the PVRP Web site or e-mail Kathryn Pontzer in the AAOS Washington Office: pontzer@aaos.org.

AAOS 75th Anniversary to feature orthopaedic art
As part of its 75th Anniversary, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons will sponsor an extension of the popular art exhibit eMotion Pictures: An Exhibition of Orthopaedics in Art. Orthopaedic surgeons—as well as orthopaedic patients of all ages—are encouraged to submit artwork for inclusion in the exhibition, which will be unveiled at the AAOS 2008 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Individuals who wish to participate must complete their artwork and submit an online entry form by Oct. 15, 2006. Artists may submit up to 10 works of art in the following media: paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, or other), fine art prints (lithographs, etchings, intaglio, woodcuts, or other), giclées (Iris prints), photography, graphics, cyber art, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaics, textiles, crafts, functional art and mixed media. Visit online for more information.

Start planning now for 2007 AAOS Annual Meeting
The 2007 AAOS Annual Meeting will be held in San Diego, Calif., Feb. 14-18. The meeting is an ideal opportunity to showcase your efforts in orthopaedic education and research. Submit your application online for poster/podium presentations, scientific exhibits and electronic media (video, CD, DVD, PDA, Internet or other electronic medical education programs). The deadline for poster/podium presentations and scientific exhibits is June 1; the deadline for electronic media submissions is July 15.

AAOS Leadership Fellows Program seeks fellow and mentor candidates
Mentor and fellow applications for the Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) class of 2007-2008 are now available online. All AAOS fellows, 45 years old and younger by January 31, 2007, may apply as fellows. AAOS fellows willing to serve as advisors and confidants to the LFP fellows while establishing a professional and personal long-term relationship are encouraged to apply as mentors.

This is a year-long commitment with five mandatory meetings and two teleconference/Webinars throughout the year. Please review the LFP schedule prior to completing the application to ensure you will be able to attend all meetings. The deadline for submitting applications is June 5, 2006. For more information, call Jeffrey Kramer, FACHE, CAE, director, department of academic affairs, at (847) 384-4344, or e-mail kramer@aaos.org.

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