The Resolutions Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed resolutions on Friday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to noon, in Laguna AB of the Hilton Hotel. The Bylaws Committee will conduct an Open Hearing regarding the proposed Bylaws amendments to be voted on at this Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Laguna AB of the Hilton Hotel.
The following two resolutions are considered late resolutions (since they were not submitted prior to September 1) and if adopted, they will be advisory and not binding on the Academy and its Board of Directors.
Resolution #1: Health Care
Financing: The Core Solutions
If adopted, an official Academy policy statement on key health care financing concepts would be developed utilizing a document, "Health Care Financing: The Core Solutions," as a template. The Health Care Financing Core Solutions would be used as an educational tool and circulated to all Academy members, key members of the executive and legislative branches of the federal government and business leaders. The Board of Councilors would help to implement health care financing educational programs in each state.
Resolution #2: Orthopaedic
If adopted, the Academy would establish a standing committee on workplace safety, consisting of seven members appointed for three years, to assess the present work place risks of the orthopaedic surgeon and prepare a report of that assessment to include recommendations regarding monitoring and amelioration of those risks and enumerating possible preventative measures to be presented at the Annual Meeting in 2001.
Resolution #3-6: Review of previously adopted Academy resolutions
If adopted, the Academy would continue to take an active role in assessing orthopaedic workforce needs, and continue a public education and advocacy program to educate the public about the strengths and weaknesses of managed care and other health care reforms. The Academy would rescind a 1994 resolution on President Clinton's Health Security Act which is no longer being considered by Congress (an Academy Position Statement on the Principles of Health Care Reform has been rescinded and is being updated); and would rescind a 1994 resolution on the process for admission to Fellowship, which has already been modified.
Proposed Bylaws Amendments
Group #1 Terms of Some on Nominating Committee
If adopted, the membership of the Nominating Committee would be clarified to include six members elected by the Fellowship and a chairman appointed by the Board of Directors. No Fellow could be elected by the Fellowship to serve on the Nominating Committee for more than two terms, but the Board of Directors could appoint a chairman of the Nominating Committee, even if he or she has been elected by the Fellowship to serve on the Nominating Committee for two or more terms.
Group #2: Amendments to Shift Certain Academy Functions to a Parallel,
If adopted, the Bylaws of the Academy would be completely revised, shifting a number of current Academy functions to an organization that is designed to come under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code. Initially, the 501(c)(6) organization was called the Orthopaedic Surgeons of America, Inc. ("OSA"). The name was changed by the OSA Board of Directors to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons ("Association") in November 1998.
The functions to be shifted to the Association include the Academy's membership admissions and disciplinary processes. All current and future Academy Fellows will be Fellows of both the Academy and the Association. The Board of Directors has recommended these amendments to ensure that the organization's ongoing education and socioeconomic activities are not jeopardized by recent changes in federal tax enforcement policy.