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Newsletter - January 2017

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Florida Orthopaedic Society |Bones Society of Florida

Orthopaedic Capital Hill Days - Tallahassee
2017 Capital Hill Days
February 6-7, 2017
The Doubletree Hotel -Tallahassee

Calling all volunteer physician and administrator advocates!

We are busy finalizing plans for the 2017 Orthopaedic Capitol Hill Days in Tallahassee. We anticipate a busy year at the capital as we debate important issues such as expanded use of ambulatory surgery centers, workers compensation reform, Prior Authorization Relief, PIP Repeal, and adequate medical professionals covering school athletics.

More details on the event will be released in the coming weeks.The event will include a training session on Monday afternoon, February 6th followed by a group dinner and meetings with key legislators on Tuesday, February 7th.
There is no fee to register, however participants will be responsible for paying for their hotel and travel expenses. We have a block of rooms at the hotel. When you register we will assign you a room and send you confirmation.
Dueling ASC Bills Filed in the FL Senate for 2017 Legislative Session
The Florida Orthopaedic Society continues our efforts to advocate for legislation in Tallahassee that would lower cost and increase quality through the expanded use of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Two bills have been filed already in Tallahassee that set the stage for the looming debate during Session.
SB 222 by Senator Steube. The FOS supports this legislation. For the past three years the FOS has pursued legislation that would eliminate the "midnight rule" for length of stay in the ASC setting through adoption of the Federal Medicare standard of a full 24- hours from the start of the procedure. Florida is one of a limited number of states that still has this restriction in effect. In addition, SB 222 would create a licensure process for Recovery Care Centers that would enable patients to stay up to 72 hours in a facility to provide basic services and support to promote recovery in a non-acute setting.
SB 232 by Senator Grimsley.The FOS is opposed to this legislation. This legislation would require ASC's that keep a patient overnight to adhere to the same Life Safety and Building Code requirements of Hospitals. Furthermore, it would require all ASCs to offer the same level of Medicare, Medicaid, and Charity Care as the district-wide average of all hospitals.The FOS strongly believes that the increased regulatory burden contained in this proposal is counter productive to our efforts to lower cost and increase quality by expanding access to these lower cost settings. These additional regulations would significantly increase cost to the public as the additional compliance costs would be passed along to consumers. Furthermore, the proposal does not include access to charitable care reimbursement or tax advantages for ASCs that are currently provided to hospitals and does not change the Federal restrictions on procedures that can be performed in the ASC setting. The FOS is committed to working with all of our elected officials and government and private payers to drive cost savings and quality through expanded access to ambulatory surgery centers and supporting the charitable care being rendered everyday by our members in all of the facilities in which they practice.
FOS members are encouraged to stay tuned as this issue matures over the coming months. The Florida Legislative Session runs from March to May. We will provide regularly scheduled updates for our members so you can keep track of all those issues that will impact orthopaedic care in our State.

Injured Worker Inspiration (IWI) Awards
The Injured Worker Inspiration (IWI) Awards were created to recognize the achievements of injured workers and their musculoskeletal physicians.

Please share your story of medical innovation and the conquering nature of the human spirit.

Submission Deadline May 15, 2017

The 2017 FWCI Annual Conference is taking place August 6-9, 2017, at the Marriott World Center in Orlando. For more information on the conference, please visit their

Florida Orthopaedic Leadership Scholarship
Florida Orthopaedic Leadership Scholarship
for Orthopaedic Practice Administrators
Deadline to Apply for Scholarship is Friday, March 3, 2017
The Bones Society of Florida and Florida Orthopaedic Society are extremely pleased to offer the 10th Florida Orthopaedic Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship is a collaborative effort between our organizations to further our mutual missions of life-long learning, personal and professional development, and representation of our members and our profession. It is our sincere hope that you will consider applying for this unique opportunity.

Over the past 9 years our scholarship has afforded one of ourorthopaedic practice administratorsthe opportunity to advocate on behalf of the profession and be exposed to the various issues and advocacy efforts that the AAOS and FOS undertake on behalf of our members. We are pleased to offer this opportunity to an orthopaedic practice administrator again in 2017.

CLICK HERE FOR:Scholarship Details, Programming Information, EligibilitySelection Process, and Directions for Applying.

2017 Annual Meetings
May 18 - 21, 2017
The Ocean Reef Club
Key Largo

September 14-17, 2017
Opal Sands Resort

Holy Cross Hospital Orthopedic Institute together with
Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopaedics present


February 2 & 3, 2017
Riverside Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • Solutions around complex hip, knee, and shoulderreplacements /revisions
  • New implant and technology utilization
  • Evolving paradigm of health care delivery
  • Advanced recovery and pain protocols
  • Economic focus on bundled care and patientoutcomes
Program Chairs:Martin Roche, M.D. & Harry Rubash, M.D.
Hip Program:William Leone, M.D.& Michael Mont, M.D
Knee Program:Andrew Freiberg, M.D. & Adolph Lombardi, M.D.
Shoulder Program:Jonathan Levy, M.D. & Jon J. Warner, M.D.
Reimbursement Dispute Tracking Initiative
Reimbursement Dispute Tracking Initiative
Our organization is taking action on behalf of our members.

This program is an effort to identify trends and address the inappropriate business and reimbursement tactics of insurance carriers. We hope this program will enable us to aggregate data on the activities of particular carriers and assist our members in addressing unfair tactics with the Office of Insurance Regulation.

Please note this is a tracking mechanism and not a formal dispute resolution process.

For information on how to file a formal complaint, please contact our

Click the link below to report your Reimbursement Dispute
Florida Orthpaedic Career Center
Florida Orthopaedic Career Center

Post your open positions today!

Use your username and password to log in to the career center and post your jobs for free.
Florida Orthopaedic Rick Purchasing Group
FORPG Members are now able to get anadditional 7.5%of risk management credits if you do not already have them. We have found many of our participating members are yet to take advantage of these additional credits. The 7.5% credit is available by choosing 2 out of 3 options for your practice below. Each is worth 5% on their own but because they are applied multiplicatively and you are only allowed to chose 2 out of the 3 you end up with an additional 7.5% if you complete both.

Please note that you will not see these credits to your premiums until your policy renewal, which for many of you will be coming up at year's end.

Your three risk management options are:Self-Assessment, Webinar and Survey Vitals
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