AAOS Bulletin - December 2006

Have your say at 2007 Town Hall Meeting

By Robert H. Haralson, III, MD

(From left) AAOS President Richard F. Kyle, MD; Past President Stuart L. Weinstein, MD; and First Vice President James H. Beaty, MD, were among those who responded to fellows' questions at the 2006 Town Hall Meeting.

In my years of practice, I’ve found that the best way to get an answer is to ask a direct question. It may be polite to inquire “How are you doing?” but you get a lot more pertinent information if you ask “On a scale of one to 10, how much does your knee hurt?”

That same desire for candor is behind the AAOS Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15, at 10:45 a.m., immediately following the Business Meetings in Ballroom 20 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Do you want to know what the AAOS is doing in developing treatment guidelines? Do you think that the AAOS has missed the boat on addressing pay for performance issues? Do you believe that the AAOS should pay more attention to technology assessment and less attention to scope of practice issues…or vice versa?

The Town Hall Meeting is your opportunity to address questions to orthopaedic leaders in research, education, advocacy and communications. It’s your chance to tell the AAOS leadership what you think are the most pressing issues facing your practice.

At previous Town Halls, members have raised such issues as: pay for performance, treatment guidelines, technology assessment, medical liability reform, physical therapy regulations, gainsharing and expert witness. As a matter of fact, the current Professional Compliance Program and the Standards of Professionalism were an offshoot of the very first Town Hall Meeting.

Members of the Board of Councilors and the Board of Specialty Societies, as well as Council, Committee and Cabinet chairs, and key AAOS staff from both the Rosemont and Washington, D.C., offices will be present to provide responses. Once again, I will moderate the session, the AAOS Presidential Line will be on the podium, and I hope that you will be in the audience.

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