AAOS Now, June 2009
Orthopaedic surgeons take on Congress
Healthcare reform gains momentum in Washington, D.C. More than 300 orthopaedic surgeons from across the country met in Washington, D.C., April 29–May 2, for the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). Attendees participated in nearly 100 face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs to educate, express concern, and raise the profile of the orthopaedic community in the healthcare debate.
Industry CEOs: Relationships with surgeons are vital
Transparency is necessary and desirable, but patient outcomes depend on interaction Recently, AAOS Now sought comment from the chief executives of five major orthopaedic device manufacturers on various aspects of physician-industry relationships. We wondered what has changed and what remains the same since the agreements reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey (Department of Justice/DOJ) expired earlier this year. (See “Final notes on the DOJ,” below.