AAOS Bulletin - February, 2006

2006 Annual Business Meeting

Resolutions, bylaw amendments and new SOPs on the agenda

The fellowship will consider eight resolutions, two bylaw amendments and one Standards of Professionalism (SOPs) during the AAOS Business Meetings at the 2006 Annual Meeting. The Fellowship will vote by ballot on recommendations for each of these matters shortly after the Annual Meeting.

The business meetings will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 24, in the Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place. All members attending the Annual Meeting are encouraged to attend.

Resolutions

The eight resolutions were originally adopted in 2001 and are up for their required five-year review. The three Academy resolutions deal with recertification, the residency review committee and the Federal Drug Administration’s regulation of orthopaedic devices, biological and combination products and pharmaceuticals.

The five Association resolutions deal with health care financing and the tax code, billing codes for evaluation and management of physician services, prompt payment and uniform claims, physician practice in the managed-care environment and Medicare reimbursement.

Bylaw amendments

The first proposed bylaw amendment the Fellowship will consider, Review of Resolutions and Bylaws Amendment Processes, recommends minor changes in the AAOS process for considering proposed resolutions and bylaw amendments. The Board of Directors (BOD) and the Board of Councilors (BOC) support its adoption.

The second proposed bylaw amendment, Change in Board Composition, would change the number and qualifications of members of the BOD. The amendment proposes that up to five members of the BOC serve on the BOD. It also proposes that five directors from the recognized orthopaedic specialty societies be elected to serve on the BOD. These proposals would not be effective until after the 2007 Annual Meeting. The BOD, the BOC and the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS/COMSS) do not support this proposed bylaw amendment.

Standards of Professionalism

The Fellowship will consider a proposed SOPs dealing with Research and Academic Responsibilities. The SOPs states that all research and academic activities should be conducted under conditions of full compliance with ethical, institutional and government guidelines and that participating patients must have given full informed consent and have the right to withdraw from the research at any time. It establishes five mandatory standards for orthopaedists participating in research. The SOPs also includes a provision that orthopaedists must not plagiarize or claim as their own any research that is not theirs and must give appropriate credit for any research contributions. Principal investigators must take full responsibility for proposing, designing and reporting the research. For more information on this SOPs, see the article on page 8.

Town Hall to follow

Immediately after the Business Meeting, the Town Hall Meeting will begin. All members are also encouraged to attend this meeting because it offers a unique opportunity to ask questions or make statements before AAOS leaders.

Popular topics that may come up at the Town Hall Meeting include Medicare reimbursement, pay-for-performance initiatives, practice guidelines and performance measures, as well as radiology and physical therapy issues.

AAOS leaders who will be on hand to answer members’ questions and listen to their comments include the officers, the BOD, the BOC, council chairs, senior administrative staff and staff from the Washington, D.C., office.


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