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We are pleased to offer a 10% tuition discount off the registration cost of this year's Symposium for those who register OR refer a colleague by May 31, 2019.
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Building the Pipeline for Women in Engineering and Medicine
The Georgia Orthopaedic Society was a proud sponsor of the Perry Initiative Outreach Program which took place January 18th and 19th at Emory University. The Perry Initiative is committed to inspiring young women to become leaders in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery. This was a hands-on program directed towards both high school and medical school students. According to Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Georgia Orthopaedic Society Legislative Chair and Perry Initiative Volunteer, the program was a huge success!!
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To help you understand changes in Georgia law regarding the opioid abuse epidemic, the Georgia Orthopaedic Society has prepared an attached PDF. Additionally, there are supportive advocacy tools at the GOS website. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to a board member.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) has ruled that as of January 1, 2018, every physician must complete 3 or more hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME of opioid prescribing CME in order to renew their Georgia medical license.
The updated GCMB ruling says that, (4) Effective January 1, 2018, every physician not subject to Rule 360-15- .01(3) who maintains an active DEA certificate and prescribes controlled substances, except those holding a residency training permit, shall complete at least one time three or more hours of AMA/AOA PRA Category 1 CME that is designed specifically to address controlled substance prescribing practices. The controlled substance prescribing CME shall include instruction on controlled substance prescribing guidelines, recognizing signs of the abuse or misuse of controlled substances, and controlled substance prescribing for chronic pain management. Any controlled substances prescribing guidelines coursework taken within two years of [the physician’s] last renewal will count toward this requirement. Completion of this requirement may count as three hours toward the CME requirement for license renewal.
The American College of Physicians is offering a free online Safe Opioid Prescribing CME course (3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits) Click here for details.
A list of additional CME opportunities have been added to the GOS website. Log in to the Members Only Section to access this list.
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.
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