Is Advocacy on Your Annual Meeting Agenda?

As you’re planning your schedule to make the most out of your time in Las Vegas at the Annual Meeting, we hope you have advocacy on the agenda. Not only is it an ongoing priority for the Academy, but it’s also the vehicle by which we can positively influence musculoskeletal care to benefit our members and patients.

Whether we’re advocating for payment reform on Capitol Hill or supporting a physician candidate for office, the AAOS Office of Government Relations (OGR) and Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) work tirelessly to represent the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community on legislative and regulatory issues at the federal, state, and local levels. We invite you to learn more about some of our recent “wins” and explore our ongoing advocacy initiatives.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved, we can also discuss opportunities for engagement in the fight for AAOS priorities. This will be especially important in the months and years ahead as we push for solutions in a divided 116th Congress.

Advocacy booth

This year, OGR has an additional presence in Academy Hall. Stop by the Advocacy booth to learn how advocacy initiatives fit into the Academy’s larger strategic objectives. View a list of our 2018 legislative and regulatory accomplishments and gain insight into our goals for the upcoming year. Whether you are an advocacy novice or seasoned pro, come visit our larger booth on the show floor.

The Advocacy booth will be open between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., March 12–15, and between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., March 16. It is located in the Resource Center in Academy Hall, Venetian Ballroom, at the Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center.

OrthoPAC booth

Much of OGR’s regular Annual Meeting activity will still happen on the exhibit floor. This includes activities related to the OrthoPAC and OGR advocacy. Here, you can learn about and broaden your understanding of key issues confronting the orthopaedic specialty. We can discuss ever-present challenges such as safe pain management, medical liability, and threats to private practice, or growing issues such as hospital consolidation and price transparency.

We’ll also be sharing the results of our best election cycle in PAC history and discussing our exciting plans for the year ahead. In addition, we’ll be celebrating our 20th birthday—please help us ring in this special occasion! Existing and new donors are always welcome—where you can bet on a brighter future.

Whether you’re coming to pick up your 2019 membership lapel pin or ribbon or to get more involved in advocacy, we hope you stop by the OrthoPAC booth. And if you’re hungry, our Winner’s Circle donor lounge is always stocked! All PAC members are welcome to refresh and relax during a busy day.

The OrthoPAC booth will be open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., March 13–14, and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., March 15. It is located in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #6039, at the Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center.

Events and receptions

Donor Thank You Lunch

Wednesday, March 13
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center

Palazzo Ballroom O-P

After reaching its fundraising goal of $4 million for the 2018 election cycle, the OrthoPAC will thank 2018 and 2019 donors during its annual luncheon. Reaching this lofty goal and securing its position as the largest specialty PAC in the nation were made possible only by donors’ support.

During this event for 2018–2019 members, the OrthoPAC will run through its election highlights and plans for making the 2019–2020 election cycle its best yet. Former Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) will be the keynote speaker. Given the uncertainty of the current political climate, this respected bipartisan veteran’s perspective on what the future holds for the practice of medicine is timely. Seating is limited. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Meredith Allison at allison@aaos.org.

Resident Leadership Reception

Thursday, March 14

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Venetian/Sands Expo and Convention Center

Palazzo Ballroom O

Calling all residents, fellows, and emeritus members! Join advocacy leaders at the 4th annual Resident Leadership Reception, cohosted by the OrthoPAC, Board of Specialties, Board of Councilors (BOC), and BOC Alumni. During this event, members will have the opportunity to network in a fun environment while supporting the future of the specialty. The OrthoPAC will also present all residency programs that hit 100 percent participation with an award.

Tickets are limited. To RSVP, please email pac@aaos.org. The event is free for residents, but they must make a contribution to the PAC for drink tickets (this counts toward PAC membership). Active fellows are asked to make a $150 donation to the PAC, which includes drinks and food. All proceeds will benefit the OrthoPAC.

For more information, visit www.aaos.org/pac or contact pac@aaos.org.

Kristen Coultas is a communications manager in the AAOS OGR.

Stacie Monroe is a senior manager of political affairs in the AAOS OGR.

References:

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  2. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Fact Sheet: Two-Midnight Rule. Available at: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/fact-sheet-two-midnight-rule-0. Accessed January 18, 2019.
  3. American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons: Outpatient Joint Replacement: Position Statement. Available at: http://www.aahks.org/position-statements/outpatient-joint-replacement/. Accessed January 18, 2019.
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