April 1997 Bulletin

Secretary's Report

by D. Eugene Thompson, MD, Academy Board of Directors Secretary

This report highlights actions taken by the Board of Directors during its meeting in San Francisco Feb. 11-12, 1997.

Oppose Medicare cuts

The Board approved a two-phase initiative against a proposed resource-based practice expense system that could reduce Medicare payments to orthopaedic surgeons by as much as 16 percent, starting Jan. 1, 1998. (See Across the President's Desk)

Approve hotel talks

Continuing negotiations were approved with Hyatt Corp., which is proposing to build a 200-room hotel on vacant property adjacent to the Academy's building in Rosemont, Ill. The Academy is working with Hyatt to include in the hotel non-lab facilities for the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC) courses, specially-designed guest rooms with study facilities and an enclosed walkway to the OLC in the Academy building. The non-lab facilities would eliminate the need for a $3 million expansion of the OLC.

Representatives to COSS

James D. Heckman, MD, first vice president; and Harry Herkowitz, MD, chairman of the Committee on the Spine, were appointed to be the Academy's representatives to the Council of Spine Societies.

Other action

The Board approved establishment of a goal of 50 percent of one year's operating budget as the permanent reserve fund. Two new Position Statements were approved - Sledding Safety and the Need for Daily Physical Activity.

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