By Scott F.M. Duncan, MD, MPH
Although a great deal of media attention has focused on federal healthcare reform, orthopaedic surgeons know that what happens on the state level is just as—if not more—important. State politics may actually have more impact and influence on our practices than federal politics. State laws affect every aspect of orthopaedic care. State legislatures introduce thousands of bills each legislative session, and an increasing percentage of these relate to health care.