January 1996 Bulletin

Secretary's Notes

This report highlights actions taken by the Board of Directors during its meeting in Chicago, Dec. 8-9, 1995

by D. Eugene Thompson, MD, Academy Board of Directors Secretary

1996-97 Strategic Plan

The Board approved an updated Academy Strategic Plan for 1996-1997.

Work group report

The Board approved in principle the findings and implementation strategies of the Work Group on the Role of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Future Delivery Systems for Musculoskeletal Care. The work group was charged to report to the Board at its February meeting with specific methods to implement the strategies, a timetable, and budgetary impact, and a recommendation on how to disseminate the information to the Academy fellows.

Position Statements

A new Position Statement on Performance and Interpretation of In-Office Radiographic Studies by Orthopaedic Surgeons was approved. The Board also approved a revision of a Position Statement on Containing the Cost of Orthopaedic Implants. The Board deleted a Position Statement on Physician DRGs and recommended development of a new Position Statement on global fees.

Nominating process

The Board received the Report of the Task Force on the Academy's Nominating Committee Process and approved a recommendation that the Academy officers and members of the Board and others be announced at the first business meeting at the Annual Meeting.

Resolutions process

The Report of the Task Force on the Academy's Resolution Process was discussed. The Secretary and General Counsel will present a modified proposed resolutions process incorporating several changes to the Task Force recommendations at the February Board meeting.

Work force study

The Board approved the recommendation of the Task Force on the Orthopaedic Work Force to retain Rand Corp. to conduct a $250,000 study on projected demand for orthopaedic surgeon's services based on market demand and public health needs. The Board also approved on-going Academy analysis of the trends in orthopaedic residency programs.

OLC issues

The Board discussed financial, governance and other issues regarding the Orthopaedic Learning Center (OLC). Consensus statements will be shared with the Boards of the Arthroscopic Association of North America and the OLC.

Ethics documents

The Board approved recommended amendments to the Principles of Medical Ethics in Orthopaedic Surgery and the Code of Ethics for Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Board also discussed dissemination of these revised documents.


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