December 2004 Bulletin

One giant step toward medical liability reform
The possibility of federal tort reform looks brighter

The results of state tort reform 2004
Success stories in the 2004 election cycle

White House Fellowship opens doors, expands minds
White House Fellow reflects on whirlwind year, urges others to apply for prestigious program

Breaking news

Letters from our readers

Expect higher Medicare payments in 2005

JCAHO issues Sentinel Event Alert on anesthesia awareness for expert witness testimony

Orthopaedic PAC has productive election cycle

Expert Witness dilemma: Confidentiality
Clarifying the duty of an expert witness

Surgeon General issues report on nation’s bone health
Half of those older than 50 at risk for osteoporotic fractures

Orthopaedic surgeons and the Surgeon General’s Report

Celebrate 50 years of OREF around the clock

The Liability Stress Syndrome
Litigation takes an emotional toll

AAOS partnering in Surgical Care Improvement Project

HIPAA Security Regulations: The next hurdle
Compliance deadline is April 21, 2005—will you be ready?

Med/surg supplies group purchasing program
Initiative to save you money approved in principle by AAOS

Health care marketing presents unique challenges
Creating awareness is key to attracting patients

Motor vehicle injuries, falls are primary causes of trauma
Key findings from the 2004 NTDB annual report

States Report

Are EMRs a good fit for your practice?
Take your time in moving from paper records to electronic data

Stay abreast of changes for 2005
More tips to reduce confusion

Getting the message across
Tips to improve communications with diverse cultures

Get in step with ethics guidelines
New codes are redefining relationships between physicians and industry

Across the President's Desk
Maintaining control of certification/recertification process

2005/2006 LFP selected

A look back at 2004: Achievements and commitments
A message from the CEO

Fall Leadership Meeting held: “Hot topics” discussed

Make your opinions count

Board approves group purchasing program, advisory/position statements;
discusses enduring educational materials

Gordon named ‘PR Professional of the Year’

2005 Nominating Committee elected

Annual Meeting chair strives for “can’t miss” conference

Volunteers sought to build D.C. playground
Building the Academy’s gift to Annual Meeting host city is an experience to remember

ARS encourages feedback, participation
Audience response system adds new dimension to courses

Evening sessions planned for Annual Meeting
Additional opportunities for learning scheduled for Wednesday

Spain: ‘Guest Nation’ at 2005 Annual Meeting

Preventing falls: Walk the walk
Patient safety tip

Chronic lateral ankle pain
Patient Information from Your Orthopaedic Connections

AAOS to unveil Resident Patient Safety Curriculum

East meets West in the classroom
Physicians come together to advance joint replacement knowledge in China

New look for AAOS patient safety Web site
Redesigned site offers quick, easy access to the resources you’re looking for

In memoriam

CME calendar through April 2005

AAOS Practice Management Workshops

Meetings of Interest through April

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