AAOS Volunteer Opportunities

Act Now to Nominate Future Leadership

The Nominating Committee is actively soliciting nominees for individuals to serve in the following positions:

  • Second Vice President
  • Board Member-at-Large [Over Age 45] (age 45 or older on March 28, 2022)
  • Board Member-at-Large [Under Age 45] (younger than age 45 on March 28, 2022)
  • Nominee to the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nominations close on July 30. Members can review the position descriptions—including information about responsibilities, desired experience, and time commitments—as well as submit nomination(s) online.

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In Other News

Study Assesses Efficacy and Complications of Bilateral Hip Arthroscopy for FAI

A systemic review published online in Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy found that bilateral hip arthroscopy for the treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is effective, with comparable complications to unilateral surgery. Nineteen studies (n = 957) were included in the analysis. The overall complication rate was 10.1 percent, with revision as the most common complication. Shorter time between surgeries was associated with significant improvements in patient-reported outcomes.

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Study: Race, Insurance Type Are Associated with Delayed Care for ACL Injury

Black and Hispanic patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction experience delayed access to care, according to a systematic review published online in Arthroscopy that looked at social determinants of health in this setting. Twenty-two articles published between 2002 and 2020 were included in the analysis. Other social factors associated with delays in care were public health insurance and lower socioeconomic status. The authors noted that delayed care may lead to increased severity of concomitant knee injuries and poor postoperative outcomes.

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Study: Correction of Ankle Malunion with Intra-articular Osteotomy via Transfibular Approach

Intra-articular osteotomy via transfibular approach for correction of ankle malunion of the posterior malleolus improved function and reduced pain, according to a retrospective study published online in Foot and Ankle International. All 26 patients achieved articular surface correction and syndesmosis reduction. Mean American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Scores improved from 42.0 preoperatively to 81.5 postoperatively and mean pain Visual Analog Scores decreased from 6.0 to 1.0. Shorter time between injury and surgery and lower grade preoperative arthritis were associated with favorable outcomes.

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CMS Issues 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed policy changes for Medicare payments under the Physician Fee Schedule and Medicare Part B for calendar year 2022. The major provisions include changes to the billing for evaluation and management (E/M) visits, telemedicine services, the implementation of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program, and more. AAOS will submit comments to CMS in response to these proposals and share more details with members on their potential impact in upcoming communications from the Office of Government Relations.

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Orthopaedic PAC Supports Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus

Although relations between the two major U.S. political parties have never seemed more fraught, there is a glimmer of purple in the seas of red and blue: the Problem Solvers Caucus. The caucus is a bipartisan group of House Democrats and Republicans consisting primarily of 56 moderates—28 from each party. This article profiles the work of the caucus and its recent legislative successes. With this caucus, “compromise is not a dirty word,” said John T. Gill, MD, FAAOS, Chair of the AAOS Orthopaedic Political Action Committee (PAC).

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Call for Content: Submit an Article for AAOS Now

Do you have timely research or an interesting story to tell? AAOS Now is seeking editorial submissions from orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic- and practice-related product and service providers that qualify as subject matter experts. The magazine features various formats and opportunities to highlight your information or topic. AAOS Now encourages interested authors to contact staff prior to writing in order to review suggestions and provide feedback. Submit an article suggestion online or email AAOS Now Publisher Dennis Coyle at coyle@aaos.org.

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