Members of the Office of Government Relations will be in Exhibit Hall and ready to talk about advocacy efforts designed to shape the future of musculoskeletal care.

AAOS Now

Published 3/22/2022

Learn about AAOS’ Advocacy Initiatives and the OrthoPAC

The Office of Government Relations (OGR) and the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) look forward to engaging members at the AAOS Annual Meeting and sharing more about advocacy efforts to shape the future of musculoskeletal care. Whether visitors are coming to pick up their OrthoPAC membership lapel pins and ribbons or to learn more about key healthcare issues confronting the orthopaedic community, the 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 #1226
The booth will be open Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Exhibit Hall booth #1226. Located inside of the booth walls, the OrthoPAC Donor Lounge offers OrthoPAC members of all contribution levels a place to grab a snack, refresh, and relax during the busy week. Stop by to renew OrthoPAC 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 supporting telemedicine policies that promote equal reimbursement as in-person visits to encouraging physician burden relief and maintaining surgeon-patient primacy regarding setting of care. In addition to discussing new initiatives, they will highlight some of AAOS’ recent advocacy “wins” and run through ongoing efforts to represent the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community on the federal, state, and local levels.

OGR encourages members interested in shaping the political landscape to ask about opportunities to be involved with advocacy, such as becoming a Congressional Ambassador or participating in grassroots efforts via the Advocacy Action Center.

Attend the OrthoPAC Donor Appreciation Luncheon
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room E354b
OrthoPAC sponsors a luncheon at each Annual Meeting to promote interaction among Fellows and offer an update on the events in Washington, D.C., as they relate to healthcare. The event is open to 2021 and 2022 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 Charlie Cook, who is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and political trends. He founded the independent, nonpartisan Cook Political Report in 1984, serving as editor and publisher until Aug. 1, 2021, and he continues to write a weekly column for the National Journal.

RSVP by texting “PACLUNCH” to 41444.

Network at the 6th Annual Resident & Leadership Reception
Thursday, 8 to 11 p.m., Hubbard Inn, 2nd Floor, 110 W. Hubbard Street
All AAOS members are encouraged to support residents and network with influential advocacy leaders at the 6th Annual Resident & Leadership Reception. This nighttime event is free for residents and is hosted by the OrthoPAC, the Board of Councilors (BOC), the Board of Specialty Societies (BOS), and BOC alumni. The OGR asks that current BOC, BOS, and AAOS leadership be at the OrthoPAC Capitol Club level to attend. A $10 PAC donation is suggested for drink tickets for residents, and a $150 PAC donation is suggested for BOC alumni.

RSVP by texting “RES” to 41444.