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October 13, 2015



AAOS Disappointed in Release of Meaningful Use Stage 3 Final Rules

Bonefied News

Senators Introduce Legislation to Improve Electronic Health Records

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Senate HIT Hearing

Legislators Introduce Loan Forgiveness Legislation for Pediatric Subspecialists

Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Strategies: Understanding and Evaluating Their Impact on the Health Care Delivery System & Patient Access

PQRS Informal Review Process

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Meets in DC

MDEpiNet PPP Annual Meeting- October 1 -2, 2015

AAOS Orthopaedic PAC Online Contribution Center


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Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Meets in DC

With many health policy challenges on the horizon, it is more important than ever that individuals who understand and care about the future of medicine are elected to public office. Fortunately, physician involvement in politics has grown considerably in recent years. In the 114th Congress there are 17 physician members serving in Congress, including two orthopaedic surgeons: Dr. Tom Price (R-GA-06) and Dr. John Barrasso (R-WY). Many more physicians are serving their communities through elected office at the state and local level.

The Orthopaedic PAC strives to educate and help elect AAOS members and other specialty physicians to political office at all levels. AAOS is co-hosting the 6th Annual Specialty Physician and Dentist Candidate Workshop on Saturday, July 11 in Washington, DC along with the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American College of Radiology and the American Dental Association.

Workshop participants learn important campaign preparatory information from a multitude of political experts including nationally renowned political consultants. Among the topics covered are how to develop a campaign plan, messaging and fundraising strategies, the importance of polling, and the pros and cons of various communication outlets.

Physicians already possess many attributes that are attractive to voters. They are well-educated, credible, compassionate, and often small business owners. In addition, they often have a dependable network of patients, colleagues and others, which is necessary to build a strong grassroots campaign and acquire donations. While there are certainly challenges to being a physician candidate, such as time limitations, participants are provided with a realistic outlook on how to run a modern and well-executed campaign for any elected office from School Board or City Council to the U.S. Congress.

For more information on the Specialty Physician & Dentist Candidate Workshop or to RSVP, please contact Kristin Brackemyre at or 202.548.4150.