AAOS Bulletin - December, 2005

Town Hall Meeting provides a venue for discussion

By Kathleen Misovic

Do you have a question about what the AAOS is doing to improve Medicare reimbursement? Do you want to express your strong belief about the new pay-for- performance initiatives? Do you want updates on any practice guidelines or performance measures, or do you wonder where the AAOS stands on radiology and physical therapy issues?

If you attend the 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago you will have a chance to ask questions and make your beliefs known on these and other topics at the third annual Town Hall Meeting.

(left to right) At the 2005 Annual Meeting, Richard H. Kyle, MD; Stuart L. Weinstein, MD, and Robert W. Bucholz, MD, responded to members' questions and concerns.

“Everyone who attends the Annual Meeting is invited and encouraged to come to the Town Hall Meeting,” said Robert H. Haralson III, MD, who is moderating the event. “This is your opportunity to ask AAOS leadership anything you want more information about, or give your opinion on hot topics facing orthopaedists.”

The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 24 in the Grand Ballroom at McCormick Place Convention Center, immediately following the business meeting. AAOS leaders who will be on hand to answer members’ questions include the presidential line, the Board of Directors, the Board of Councilors, council chairs, senior administrative staff and staff from the Washington, D.C., office.

Participants are invited to ask questions or make statements. “We just ask participants to limit their remarks to two or three minutes to give everyone a chance to talk,” Dr. Haralson said. In past meetings, he added, some participants didn’t have the opportunity to speak before the meeting ended.

This is the second year Dr. Haralson will be moderating the Town Hall Meeting. “Last year, as in the previous year, we got a lot of positive feedback about the meeting,” he said. “All the members who participated were pleased that they got to interact with Academy leadership.

“We are looking for a higher attendance,” Dr. Haralson continued. “For anyone still hesitating to attend, I can assure them they will receive useful information and the meeting will be well worth their time.”

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