April 1999 Bulletin

Annual dues statement, PAC solicitation is on the way

Members of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Academy) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Association) will soon be receiving their annual dues statements.

The dues will be payable to the Association. The Academy and the Association have a unified budget and strategic plan. The Boards of Directors of the Academy and the Association will determine the allocation of funds.

Dues paid to the Association are not deductible as charitable deductions, but may be deducted as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Only 3 percent of the Association dues are not deductible under the law because that amount is attributable to lobbying activities.

The dues statement mailing also will contain a solicitation from the Political Action Committee of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (PAC). The PAC, which is part of the Association, was approved by the Association's Board of Directors at its meeting on Feb. 6, 1999. The new orthopaedic PAC will replace a nonaffiliated political action committee that was created by the Board of Councilors in 1986. The nonaffiliated PAC voted to dissolve in February to make way for a unified political approach under the auspices of the Association.

The newly created PAC of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons can be more aggressive in pursuing a legislative agenda and will help the Association maintain a strong orthopaedic presence in Washington, D.C.

Robert D. D'Ambrosia, president of the Academy and Association, said "we created the Association and the PAC to give the orthopaedic community all the tools it needs to compete in this new health care delivery environment."

Paul Collins, MD, chair of the new orthopaedic PAC Board of Managers said, "If we are truly attempting to represent the interests of our patients and improve quality of care, then we need to be active in the political arena. With all the changes currently taking place in the health care marketplace and in the Medicare program, the orthopaedic community needs to make our position known on Capitol Hill. I urge all my colleagues to contribute to the new PAC, and to annually participate in our fundraising efforts."

Jim Davis, MD, is treasurer of the PAC. The Committee on Committees and the Association Board of Directors will select the other members of the PAC Board of Managers in the near future.

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