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Florida Orthopaedic Society 2018 Membership Renewal



It is that time of year for us to renew our commitment to our profession in Florida.  To illustrate the value of membership in the FOS, I have included below our win-sheet for 2017.    As you will see we have accomplished a great deal already, but with your assistance and membership we can do more.


We are already engaged in extremely important debates in Tallahassee that will impact the practice of orthopaedics.  We are steadfastly defending our members against the proposed elimination of PIP and significant decreases in ASC reimbursement in Workers Compensation.  


And we are on the offensive pushing for expansions in ASCs; licensure for Recovery Care Centers; restricting hospitals and insurance carriers from utilizing Maintenance of Certification against our members; mandating insurance coverage for motorcycle riders; and meaningful insurance reforms to prohibit retroactive denials and force transparency in prior authorization procedures.  We are also engaged in ongoing debate over reasonable access to pain medication for our post-surgical patients.


We have an extremely large and ambitious agenda that will directly benefit all orthopaedic surgeons in the state.  Join me with a small investment of resources to set the stage for success for orthopaedics in Florida.


Thank you for your ongoing support.




George Canizares, M.D.



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2017 FL Orthopaedic Society Win Sheet

Some highlights and accomplishments in 2017:

  1. Defeated efforts to reduce Ambulatory Surgery Center Reimbursement in Workers Compensation 
  2. Successfully passed a resolution through the Florida Medical Association to pursue legislation to prohibit hospitals and insurance carriers from requiring Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for privileges or to serve on their panels.
  3. Defeated Legislation that would have eliminating Personal Injury Protection Insurance without replacing it with another form of first-dollar coverage.

Pending Legislative and Regulatory Battles:

  1. FOS has led the fight for expanded Ambulatory Surgical Centers in Florida the last four years.  Would allow full 24 hour length of stay and Recovery Care Centers.  This bill has been filed again in 2018.
  2. FOS will file a bill in 2018 that will mandate motorcycle riders carry the same amount of liability insurance as all other drivers.
  3. FOS will be working in a coalition to protect our members from any impact on PIP reform in 2018.
  4. FOS is working with FASMed to promote mandatory athletic trainer coverage at all high school athletic competitions.  
  5. The FOS is championing the end of the ability of insurance carriers to retroactively deny claims for patient ineligibility when that treatment has been authorized.

FOS Programs and Services:

  1. Secured discounted services for our members from the leading PQRS and MIPS reporting entity, Mingle Analytics. 
  2. We now provide our members free access to OrthoEvidence in return for your membership.
  3. We have grown our Medical Malpractice Insurance Program through the FORPG and partnership with The Doctors Company to over 315 participating surgeons.
  4. We have expanded our Retirement Program through Key Retirement Solutions that will leverage economies of scale to drive down cost and provide liability protections for our members.
  5. We launched a revitalized Career Center platform that provides job placement opportunities for our members and their staff.  
  6. We have expanded our Annual Meeting offerings to include Digital Posters, online abstract submissions, and a mobile meeting guide.

Please Note that the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 states that association dues used for lobbying activities are not deductible as a business expense. As a result the percentages below for dues, contributions and donations cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes.

  • 100% of FOPAC Donations are not deductible.
  • 100% of Legislative Action Contributions are not deductible.
  • 35% of FOS Membership Dues are not deductible.
  • % of BSOF Membership Dues are not deductible. (entire amount is deductible)
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