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The AAOS Office of Government Relations and OrthoPAC booth (4035), located in the Exhibit Hall, will beopen 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow.

AAOS Now

Published 9/1/2021

Explore Advocacy Initiatives, Join the OrthoPAC

The AAOS Office of Government Relations and Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) look forward to engaging members at the AAOS 2021 Annual Meeting and sharing more about advocacy efforts to shape the future of musculoskeletal care. Whether visitors are coming to pick up an OrthoPAC membership lapel pin and ribbon or to learn more about key healthcare issues confronting the orthopaedic community, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) hopes that members will stop by its booth in Exhibit Hall or attend one of its events to explore ongoing advocacy initiatives.

Visit the Booth and OrthoPAC Donor Lounge
Exhibit Hall booth 4035

The AAOS Office of Government Relations and OrthoPAC booth, 4035, will be open today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall. Located inside the booth walls, the OrthoPAC Donor Lounge offers PAC members a place to grab a snack, refresh, and relax during the busy week. Stop by to renew PAC membership and discuss exciting plans for the year ahead. Existing and new donors are always welcome.

OGR healthcare policy experts and key AAOS leadership will also be available at the booth to discuss a variety of legislative and regulatory priorities, from reforming burdensome prior authorization and coverage reviews to maintaining surgeon-patient primacy in setting of care. In addition, they will highlight some of AAOS’ recent “wins” and run through ongoing efforts to represent the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community on the federal, state, and local levels.

The 117th Congress remains divided over critical healthcare policy issues. The OGR encourages members interested in shaping the political landscape to ask about opportunities to get involved with advocacy, such as becoming a Congressional Ambassador or participating in grassroots efforts.

Attend the OrthoPAC Donor Appreciation Luncheon
Today, 11:30 a.m., Room 16 AB

OrthoPAC sponsors a luncheon at each Annual Meeting to promote interaction among Fellows and to provide an update on the events in Washington, D.C., as they relate to healthcare. The event is open to 2020 and 2021 donors as a way to express appreciation for their support. This exciting opportunity allows participants to meet friends and AAOS leadership, including Texas orthopaedic surgeon John Gill, MD, FAAOS, chair of the OrthoPAC Executive Committee. The event’s guest speaker is Ronald (Ron) Brownstein, CNN senior political analyst, senior editor for The Atlantic, and contributing editor for the National Journal. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist for political reporting and has been called one of America’s best political journalists by The Economist.

Attend the Fifth Annual Resident Leadership Reception
Tomorrow, 8–11 p.m., Side Bar, 536 Market Street

All AAOS members are encouraged to support residents and network with influential advocacy leaders at the Fifth Annual Resident Leadership Reception. Join the OrthoPAC Executive Committee, Board of Councilors, Board of Specialty Societies, and Resident Assembly for drinks, food, and great company at this nighttime event. A $5 monthly recurring PAC donation is suggested for drink tickets for residents, and a $150 PAC donation is suggested for active Fellows.