Hello Georgia Orthopedic Society colleagues and Happy New Year.
On behalf of your Board and as one of your representatives on the AAOS Board of Councilors (along with Wendall Duncan and Chairman Danny Guy) I have a request. It will take less than 5 minutes and if you pick up your phone you can do it right now.
Please scan the note below from John Gill, an orthopod colleague from Texas and the Chair of the AAOS political action committee. It speaks to how strong Orthopaedics is in the world of advocacy in Washington.
It doesn’t just happen. It takes folks like Dr Gill and a salaried AAOS staff along with a few hundred others of us that volunteer time to work the process.
Making a contribution to the AAOS PAC is an easy way for you to support this process. You don’t even need to do any of the heavy lifting. The AAOS PAC (along with our GOS PAC) is successful because of the financial support it’s members give. Like it or not, this is a small piece of overhead that is part of the price of your practice.
Please pick up your phone; enter AAOS in the text field and 41444 as the number you send that message to.
You will quickly receive a text with a link to a website where you can enter a dollar amount and payment method. Choose any $$ amount you want. No amount is too small.
I also have a personal reason for writing. Like you, I’m kind of competitive. The BOC (board of councilors) has a little competition as to which state can have the highest percentage of AAOS members make a contribution to the PAC in 2017. I want to be able to announce to you that Georgia orthopedists came out # 1.
So do this today. We have until December 31.
Todd Schmidt, MD
Georgia Orthopaedic Society
AAOS Board of Councilors
Thank you for your previous support of the AAOS Orthopaedic PAC, the largest provider PAC in the nation. We want you back on the team.
It can sometimes be hard to break through the headlines, but we have had a banner year! On the federal front, we have made significant progress towards vital medical liability reforms and repealing the harmful Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). We also negated harmful legislative language declaring podiatrists physicians and protected vital defense health research funding. On the regulatory side, AAOS has responded to several requests for information, proposed rules, and other documents about the need to reduce many of the day-to-day burdens that orthopaedic surgeons face. We also successfully obtained a CMS code change for total ankle replacements that more accurately reflects the difficulty of the procedure, canceled the SHFFT mandatory payment model, scaled back the CJR mandatory payment model, and convinced CMS to withdraw a harmful proposed rule on orthotics/prosthetics. Politically, the Orthopaedic PAC had unprecedented access and representation at over 600 political events, an increase of more than 30 percent from last election cycle. The strength of our PAC has allowed us to have a seat at the table and educate members of Congress about the importance of musculoskeletal care. We represent our profession, patients and your practices – not red or blue – and we work hard to make sure your issues are heard.
However, there is still much more work to be done in 2018. Can we count on your support this year as we rebuild our war chest to ensure we protect physician reimbursement, lift the ban on physician-owned hospitals, and achieve important antitrust reform? Our PAC just isn’t the same without you! Please renew your investment in the future of our specialty.
To renew, text the word AAOS to the number 41444 or visit www.aaos.org/Pac.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Orthopaedic PAC works for all orthopaedic surgeons, all the time. Have a wonderful holiday season.
All the best,
John T. Gill, MD
Chairman, Orthopaedic PAC