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Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

We can all draw inspiration from the courage of our country’s early leaders. As David McCullough said of history, there is “no better subject to get caught up in to understand what it is to be a human being, and particularly what it is to lead in any field.”

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MOC Update

MOC Update

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has become a progressively contentious and controversial topic in the world of medicine. While verification of continued learning is a time honored tradition, the current process specifically in orthopaedics, and more broadly in the house of medicine, has become needlessly onerous, investigatory, and expensive in both time and treasure, but has never been proven to correlate to improved patient care.

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Your Working Patients

Your Working Patients

A patient’s job is an important part of orthopaedic treatment decisions, yet we often shy away from fully considering this aspect of our patients’ lives.

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Physician Owned Hospitals

Physician Owned Hospitals

While it is clear that physician owned hospitals provide high-quality and cost conscious care, Section 6001 of the Affordable Care Act prevents the further establishment or expansion of physician owned hospitals.  Since it is the role of the Board of Councilors (BOC) to advise the AAOS Board of Directors regarding “matters of importance to orthopaedic surgeons,” the issue of physician owned hospitals received much attention at the recent NOLC in Washington, D.C. and the issue was addressed in two important ways.  First, there was active lobbying on Capitol Hill requesting support of H.R. 2513- The Promoting Access, Competition, and Equity Act (PACE).  H.R. 2513 seeks to suspend the ban on expansion for approximately 3 years.  Second, an advisory opinion requesting legislative relief regarding physician ownership of hospitals was developed with support of the BOC and Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) and will be submitted to the AAOS Board of Directors. For more details regarding H.R. 2513 and a list of co-sponsors go to:  https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2513/all-info

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The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Exciting New Horizons

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation: Exciting New Horizons

The Western Orthopaedic Foundation (WOF) is a newly created extension of the Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA). WOA is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization that conducts important education and advocacy functions for our members, including an annual meeting. In contradistinction, the WOF is now established under section 501(c)3 of the IRS code as a tax exempt organization
focused on scientific research and education.

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