Your membership in the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society was vital to our collective success in 2012, including defeating the trial lawyers attempt to make detrimental changes change to the certificate of merit legislation that would have weakened the standards for expert testimony.
In 2013, your Society will work on legislation to certify out of state witnesses in liability matters and require timely credentialing of physicians by insurers. On a federal level, the Society will be working with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on such matters as repeal of the IPAB panel and a permanent fix to the Medicare SGR, slated to decrease physician reimbursement by 26% beginning in January 2013.
We can’t do this alone. We need each of you to renew your dues, gather new colleagues to join and take an active part in the political and legislative process that impacts the future of your profession, your practice and your patients.
Your ongoing support will be critical to our mission in 2013. Your continued involvement enables our Society to project a strong, unified voice in state and national issues. The COS is the ONLY in-state organization that has as its sole objective, the interests of the orthopaedic surgeon. In 2013, your Society will continue to work diligently on your behalf with the following activities and focus:
Legislative – Working with the Society's lobbyist and members' fundraising efforts has guaranteed the Society a seat at the legislative table with upcoming debates and decisions including, protecting the certificate of merit language, seeking meaningful liability reform and working to obtain collective bargaining for physicians. We will continue to safeguard the practice of medicine and assist the Society's members with presentations at public hearings, bill tracking and meetings with key legislators.
Worker's Compensation – Continue an open dialogue with the Commission and key legislators to discuss an update of current treatment guidelines and in office prescription dispensing.
Programs for Your Practice - Educational seminars are offered at reduced rates with continuing education credits including the popular Coding Workshop scheduled for March 13, 2013 at the Farmington Marriott. This popular workshop is half the cost of similar programs and beginning in 2013 attendees will receive CME credits.
Annual Meeting & CMEs - Provide educational opportunities and CME credits at the Society's Annual Meeting. This year's event will be held on May 10, 2013, at the Farmington Marriott Hotel and will offer informative clinical sessions from renowned speakers and more.
Communicate and update members with the Society's website (www.ctortho.org), online newsletters,"Backbone" and valuable legal services, articles and alerts.
Your Society works diligently to be the collective representative for orthopaedists and their practice and we have been able to keep the dues for 2013 at $250.00, which includes admission to the Annual Meeting with CME credits, reduced rates for coding workshops, legislative and regulatory representation and much more. Please complete the online Membership Renewal form or download and mail dues with payment (for your convenience, we accept MasterCard or VISA). Thank you.
Warm regards, William G. Cimino, M.D. President
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