Published 12/1/2008
Steven E. Fisher

FAQs about the 2009 Practice Management Symposium

Everything you need to know to get the most out of the course

Hundreds of AAOS members have taken—and benefited from—the Practice Management Symposium for Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeons, held the day before the Annual Meeting. If you haven’t yet decided to attend, the answers to these frequently asked questions will most likely convince you.

Why should I attend?
The bottom line: it’s about your livelihood. Less than 1 percent of AAOS members have an advanced degree in business administration. To be successful these days, however, orthopaedic surgeons must develop and apply sophisticated business skills. You need these skills to practice efficiently and effectively, to get paid appropriately for the work you do, to be sure you are complying with government regulations, and to promote your services to third parties. Those aren’t skills taught in medical school.

When and where is it offered?
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, at the Las Vegas Venetian Hotel, beginning with breakfast at 7:00 a.m. The course wraps up at 5:05 p.m.

Should I bring my practice staff?
Definitely! Your practice executive and other staff are your key allies in making your practice a success. The more they know about practice management, the more they can help you. In addition, your staff can learn a lot at the Annual Meeting, simply from touring the exhibit floor and talking with vendors.

Who is involved?
The three course directors are David Teuscher, MD; Thomas J. Grogan, MD, and Michael Q. Freehill, MD. Faculty include William R. Creevy, MD, MBA, discussing practice metrics; Dr. Grogan on implementing Picture Archiving and Communication Systems; Craig R. Mahoney, MD, and Richard Haines on improving patient flow; Karen Zupko on getting paid what you’re worth and effective marketing techniques; Aleksandar Curcin, MD, and Michael Kleinpeter on managing payor agreements; Claire Pettrone, JD, and Dr. Freehill with a Stark legislation overview. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and audience participation.

What does it cost?
The per person registration fee for AAOS members is $390; the per person fee for practice staff members is $490, which includes Annual Meeting registration.

How do I register?
Register online at
www.aaos.org/am2009. Click on “Registration;” then “On-line Registration; then on “AAOS Annual Meeting Registra­tion;” and finally on “Show Sessions.” Be sure to add the Symposium to your shopping cart. You must be registered for the Annual Meeting before you can check out.

Is onsite registration available?
Only if the course has not sold out. To ensure you have a place, register in advance.

What other practice management resources are available?
The AAOS course “Building essential skills for a successful practice” will be offered Oct. 2–4, 2009, in Albuquerque, N.M. Sign up at

Check the on-line Practice Management Center (www.aaos.org/pracman) and AAOS Now articles (www.aaosnow.org) for information on focused questions or problems such as what you need to do to comply with the Privacy Regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Audio courses can be listened to at any time and provide information on general topics such as strategies for managing professional liability risk. The AAOS Practice Management Consults are available on CD or as MP3 podcasts at www.aaos.org/pmc

The AAOS Practice Management Self-Assessment Examination tests your knowledge on 13 specific areas of practice management. Featuring 100 multiple-choice questions and offering up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 CME™ credits, the exam also explains why one answer is preferable to the others. References for further study are also supplied. Order online at www.aaos.products; click on “browse by topic” (practice management) or “browse by learning format” (self-assessment exams).

Steven E. Fisher, MBA, is manager of the AAOS practice management group. He may be reached at sfisher@aaos.org or (847) 384-4331.