Special Edition: 2019 Annual Meeting Recap
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Recap of Advocacy at Annual Meeting

The Office of Government Relations was involved with many events related to the AAOS 2019 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, and here are the bigest takeaways. First, the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) successfully raised $128,000, more than it has ever raised at an Annual Meeting. We believe this to be a direct result of the momentum coming out of the best election cycle in PAC history, as well as our members’ ongoing enthusiasm for shaping the future of health care.

AAOS President Kristy L. Weber, MD, who was sworn in as the Academy’s first female president at the Annual Meeting, talked about the importance of Advocacy and PAC participation in her inaugural speech. “Advocacy is the way we speak for our patients. Our team in D.C. is known and respected in legislative and regulatory offices,” she said. “They understand what is on the health care horizon and can position us to influence rules before they are finalized to improve our members’ ability to treat patients.” Dr. Weber continued by stating that, “Our ability to influence issues relevant to orthopaedics is enabled by our political action committee, our OrthoPAC.”

Residency Programs Recognized at Annual Leadership Reception

On Thursday, March 14 the Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC), along with the Board of Specialties, the Board of Councilors, and the Board of Councilors Alumni, hosted the 4th Annual Resident Leadership Reception. The Annual Meeting reception has quickly become a favorite tradition of residents, fellows, and emeritus members alike.

During this event, members have the chance to network with each other and with AAOS leadership in a fun and relaxed environment, while supporting both the orthopaedic specialty and our residents. This year, OrthoPAC Chairman, John T. Gill, MD, and OrthoPAC Resident Fellow, Jacob Calcei, MD, recognized the following eight residency programs which achieved a 100 percent PAC participation rate—our highest level of involvement yet.

Orthopaedic PAC Luncheon Honors Donors, Recaps 2018 Success

Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (OrthoPAC) donors filled the Palazzo Ballroom on Wednesday, March 13, for the Annual Donor Thank You lunch to celebrate their many accomplishments in 2018. The long list included reaching its lofty goal of raising $4 million in the 2018 midterm election, honoring the PAC’s 20th birthday, and being named the 2019 Outstanding Association PAC by the Public Affairs Council.

Former AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD, opened the luncheon by welcoming and thanking a crowd of more than 200 politically active orthopaedic surgeons. He noted that the PAC has become the powerhouse it is today because of the generous support of all PAC donors, totaling more than 5,000 this past election cycle. OrthoPAC Chairman John T. Gill, MD, continued by sharing highlights of the best election cycle in PAC history.

AAOS Priorities Highlighted in President’s Proposed Budget

On March 11, the White House released its proposed budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020. While the budget serves no real legislative purpose other than a recommendation to Congress, it highlights the president’s priorities and contains several items of interest to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The budgetary process begins a full year in advance of the start of the fiscal year, which begins on October 1, 2019 and runs through September 30, 2020. After taking budget requests from all of the federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) prepares the budget for the president and submits it to Congress. 

OrthoPAC in 2018 Midterms: By the Numbers
Thank You to Our Current Orthopaedic PAC Advisor’s Circle Members!


  AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online and Mobile Donations

Did you know? Supporting our Orthopaedic PAC by phone is easy: simply text AAOS to the number 41444, and follow the link, no log-in required. We encourage our supporters to share this technology with your colleagues who have yet to renew or join and to encourage signing up on a recurring basis. For just $84 a month, or $250 a quarter you can become part of our Capitol Club Program. And don’t forget! The Orthopaedic PAC website features an online contribution center, which can accept contributions via credit card by visiting the site and using your AAOS login credentials. Credit card contributions can also be conveniently scheduled for a monthly, quarterly or yearly recurring donation. Visit www.aaos.org/pac and select Donate to the Orthopaedic PAC for more information or to contribute today.

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