NVOS battles to protect reforms

By Fred Redfern, MD, and Kathleen Conaboy

Set against the backdrop of relentless negative publicity directed at all doctors due to an outbreak of hepatitis C at an endoscopy center in southern Nevada, the Nevada Orthopaedic Society (NVOS) has been an integral part of a coalition to save medical malpractice tort reforms.

As reported last year in AAOS Now (“Medical liability reform comes full circle in Nevada,” August 2008), the NVOS, with the assistance of a grant from the AAOS Health Policy Action Fund, retained the services of a well-known lobbying firm, established a political action committee (the NVOS BonePAC), and reinforced its ties with the “Keep Our Doctors in Nevada” (KODIN) initiative. The group began holding strategy meetings in anticipation of an expected attempt by trial lawyers to overturn tort reform (Fig. 1).

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