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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

AAHKS Councils and Committees

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Education and Communications Council

Charge: The council shall oversee five committees; Education, Program, Publications, Patient/Public Relations and Web/Social Media to plan and implement all educational activities of the Association, including the development of continuing education programs and other material as deemed appropriate by the Association.

Composition: The Education and Communications Council will have seven members consisting of the Council Chair, Vice Chair, Education, Program, Publications, Patient/Public Relations and WEB/Social Media chairs.

Reporting relationship: The Education and Communications Council shall report directly to the Board.

Term of Office: Council Chair: 3 years; Members: 3 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Health Policy and Research Council

Charge: The council shall oversee five committees; Practice Management, Advocacy, Research, Quality Measures and Evidence Based Medicine to plan and implement all research and advocacy related activities of the Association.

Composition: The Health Policy and Research Council will have seven members consisting of the Council Chair, Vice Chair, Practice Management, Advocacy, Research, Quality Measures and Evidence Based Medicine chairs.

Reporting relationship: The Health Policy and Research Council shall report directly to the Board.

Term of Office: Council Chair: 3 years

Members: 3 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Membership Council

Charge: The council shall oversee five committees; Member Outreach, Leadership Development, International, Fellowship Match and Industry Relations to plan and implement all member activities of the Association.

Composition: The Membership Council will have seven members consisting of the Council Chair, Vice Chair, Member Outreach, Leadership Development, International, Fellowship Match and Industry Relations chairs.

Reporting relationship: The Membership Council shall report directly to the Board.

Term of Office: Council Chair: 3 years; Members: 3 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Advocacy Committee (formerly known as Health Policy and Practice Committee)

Charge: The Committee shall provide comprehensive and timely analysis of health policy issues for patients and physicians that affect hip and knee surgery. It will also:

  • Provide information, strategies and actions that will influence legislative, regulatory, and reimbursement matters.
  • Develop and maintain effective advocacy programs that will serve to insure the highest quality of care for surgery of the hip and knee.
  • Continuously evaluate reimbursement for hip and knee surgery and advocate for adequate patient access for hip and knee surgery.
  • Educate, develop and direct member actions to support the advocacy committee including political giving, both directly and through the Ortho PAC.
  • Establish rapid response and communication mechanisms and develop legislative contacts within the membership.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with medical organizations affecting hip and knee surgery including the AAOS, AMA, the Hip Society and Knee Society and other organizations.
  • Evaluate consulting relationships and work with the AAOS Washington Office and AAHKS Consultants to develop and maintain an effective advocacy program for hip and knee surgery.
  • Educate the general membership regarding practice related issues such as coding, Medicare payment schedules, and health management trends.

Objectives:

  • Effectively gather/disseminate information to members regarding health policy, compensation and advocacy-related issues that affect hip and knee surgery.
  • Establish rapid response and communication mechanisms and activate a key contact program within the organization and the membership.
  • Develop programs and methods that will encourage member involvement in the political process thru active participation (i.e. Lobbying) and financial support.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with medical organizations effecting hip and knee surgery including the AAOS, AMA, the Hip Society and Knee Society and other organizations as indicated.
  • Evaluate consulting relationships as needed to develop and maintain an effective advocacy program for hip and knee surgery.
  • Comprehensively re-evaluate re-imbursement for hip and knee surgery and develop effective advocacy to insure adequate patient access for hip and knee surgery

Composition:

Reporting relationship: The Committee reports to the Health Policy and Research Council.

Term of Office: Chair: 3 years; Members: 3 years
Maximum Terms: 2

AMA Delegate/Alternate Delegate

Charge:

  • Participate in the AMA Outreach Program.
  • Actively recruit new AMA members and help retain current members.
  • Cultivate promising leaders for all levels of organized medicine and help them gain leadership positions.
  • Serve as an advocate for patients to improve the health of the public and the health care system.
  • Attend and report highlights of House of Delegates meetings to constituents, for example, at hospital medical staff, county, state, and specialty society meetings.
  • Advocate constituent views within the House of Delegates or other governance unit, including the executive staff.
  • Relate constituent views and suggestions, particularly those related to implementation of AMA policy positions, to the appropriate AMA leadership, governing body, or executive staff.
  • Regularly communicate AMA policy, information, activities, and programs to constituents so he/she will be recognized as the representative of the AMA.
  • The AMA encourages that at least one member of each delegation be involved in the governance of their sponsoring organization.
  • The AAHKS Delegate/Alternate Delegate must be an AMA member elected by the AAHKS Board of Directors.

Composition: The AAOS is allotted four delegate seats. The remaining 88 specialty societies currently seated in the House of Delegates (as of December 2003) are allotted one delegate (and one alternate).

Reporting relationship: The House of Delegates is the principle policy-making body of the American Medical Association. The legislative and policy-making body of the Association is the House of Delegates, composed of elected representatives and others as provided in the Bylaws.

House of Delegates Meetings are held twice a year to consider items of business brought before the Association. Among their specialty colleagues, individuals who serve in the House of Delegates are called upon to foster a positive and useful two-way relationship between grassroots physicians and the AMA leadership.

BOS Representative

Description: Board of Specialty Societies (BOS) will represent and advocate the interests of its orthopaedic specialty societies while promoting and encouraging orthopaedic unity among the specialty societies and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“Academy”) and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (“Association”). BOS will be the focal organization for orthopaedic specialty organizations ensuring that the interests and activities of these organizations are represented, allowing for individual organizational identity while providing a sense of orthopaedic unity and collegiality. BOS is the body that can speak for the orthopaedic specialty interests within the Academy and Association structure. Part of the agenda of each BOS meeting will focus on a topic of interest to the majority of specialty societies. A key benefit of BOS membership will be intersociety communication and horizontal integration.

Charge: There will be two BOS meetings each year with a possible third brief meeting at the Annual Meeting.

Composition: BOS will have six representatives from each specialty society. At least one of these representatives will sit on the Board of the AAHKS.

Reporting relationship: BOS representatives will report to the Board of Directors. Communication among BOS members will be fostered through a list serve. Issues that require members input are likely to arise on a weekly basis. BOS will continue to have three seats on the AAOS board and the designated Councils and Committees. These BOS members will report within one week of their respective meetings.

Term of Office: The terms of a BOS representative shall be two years, or as determined by the Executive Board. A BOS representative may be reappointed an additional two years at the discretion of the AAHKS Board of Directors.

Committee on Committees and Bylaws

Charge:

  • Appoint the chairs of standing committees created by the Board of Directors.
  • Appoint members to the standing committees upon written application from members, or by selection based upon special qualifications.
  • Review, on annual basis the composition, performance, and direction of all committees and recommend the creation or dissolution of standing committees to the Board of Directors.
  • Initiate, review, and recommend to the executive board, appropriate bylaws changes.

Composition:

  • The Committee shall consist of five (5) members, including
  • The Chair, who shall be the First Vice President
  • The Second Vice President of the Association
  • The Third Vice President of the Association
  • The Secretary of the Association
  • One Member-at-Large appointed by the current President of the Association, to serve during his board membership.
  • Reporting relationship: The Committee reports to the Board of Directors

Term of Office: One year

Education Committee (formerly Joint Educational Ventures Committee)

Charge: The Education Committee is responsible for the oversight of ACCME accreditation and expanding CME offerings to AAHKS members. Committee members work to develop and plan the educational opportunities presented at the AAHKS Spring Meeting.

Composition: Five to seven members

Reporting relationship: The Committee reports to the Education and Communications Council

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years

Maximum Terms: 2

Evidence Based Medicine Committee

Charge: The Evidence Based Medicine Committee is charged with responding to health policy issues with evidence-based position papers on behalf of AAHKS. Committee members serve as liaisons to the AAOS Evidence Based Medicine Committee to evaluate and implement outcomes assessment tools, clinical practice guidelines, and research.

Composition: Five to seven members

Reporting relationship: The Committee shall report to the Health Policy and Research Council

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Fellowship Match Oversight Committee

Charge:

  • Oversee the Match process to maintain the integrity of the match and adherence to the code of conduct policies in place.
  • Review and approve the timeline and agreements for yearly match cycles.
  • Develop and review surveys of the applicants and program directors annually.

Future plans include the development of milestone guidelines and criteria for starting or maintaining a fellowship program.

Composition: The Fellowship Match Oversight Committee membership shall total five to nine, including at least one representative (and one alternate) each from AAHKS, HS, KS, MSTS and a Chair.

Finance Committee

Charge:

  • Development of fiscal policy
  • Ensure the implementation by the Association of sound financial management practices
  • Ensure the accuracy and validity of the financial and statistical information used by the Board or by external agencies to evaluate the fiscal affairs of the Association.
  • Review, guide and monitor the performance of invested funds including endowment, restricted and unrestricted funds.
  • Review all organizational expenditures over $5000.
  • Recommend the Annual Budget to the Board of Directors

Composition: This committee shall consist of seven (7) members plus the Accountant as an ad hoc advisor.

  • The Chair, who shall be the Treasurer of the Association
  • The President of the Association
  • Immediate Past President of the Association
  • First Vice President of the Association
  • A Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors appointed by the current President of the organization.
  • Two members at large with financial experience appointed from among the Fellows of the Association for three year terms, and eligible for one reappointment. (Provided however, that for the first appointment, one Member-at-Large will be appointed for a two-year term to provide stagger appointments. This section will automatically delete from the bylaws once the first two members-at-large are in office.)

Reporting relationship: The Finance Committee reports to the Board of Directors.

Industry Relations Committee

Charges:

  • Advocate for AAHKS with industry and advocate for industry within AAHKS
  • Further develop and expand the Corporate Partner Program
  • Monitor and support the AAHKS Annual Meeting exhibit hall program
  • Monitor trends in industry and their impact on AAHKS as an organization and on the members in their practice of arthroplasty
  • Provide guidance on appropriate ethical relationships between members and industry

Reporting relationship: The Industry Relations Committee reports to the Membership Council.

Composition: This committee shall consist of 5 members

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

International Committee

Charge: The International Committee is responsible for the oversight of international activities and increasing international membership in AAHKS. Members plan ways to increase international member and nonmember participation in the Annual Meeting. They establish relationships with international adult reconstruction-focused specialty societies and organize joint meetings. The Committee provides academic, social and cultural exchange opportunities with the aim of broadening the perspective of our membership on issues related to our specialty.

Structure: The International Committee currently reports under the Membership Committee.

Composition:

Chair
Term: 2 years. Appointed by Appointed by Committee on Committees
Responsibilities include strategic alignment with BOD of AAHKS, oversight promotion and growth of IC, outreach and communication to international societies’ leadership, and reporting to and interface with BODs of AAHKS

Vice Chair (succeeds the Chair)
Term: 2 years. Appointed by Committee on Committees
Responsibilities include oversight of work done by subcommittee chairs, setting of goals for each of the subcommittees.

8 Members
4 US based members
Term: 2 years
Appointed by the Committee on Committees with input from the Chair of the Committee. To stagger the committee appointments and avoid excess turnover: 2 members will be appointed for 3 years, 2 members will be appointed for 2 years.

4 International members
Term: 2 years
Appointed by the Committee on Committees with input from the Chair of the Committee 2 members will be appointed for 3 years, 2 members will be appointed for 2 years. The members’ responsibility is to provide feedback to the IC and the BOD of AAHKS as to the needs of the International Community and promote AAHKS in their home society.

1 Resident member
Term: 1 year
Appointed by the Committee on Committees.

The committee will be divided up into 3 regions. Europe/Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Meetings: At the AAHKS Annual meeting, At the AAOS annual meeting, By phone at one other time during the course of the year as determined by the IC chair and at a time agreeable to the majority of the members

Maximum Terms: 2

Leadership Development Committee

Charge: The Leadership Development Committee is responsible for the emerging leaders retreat, the Health Policy Fellows, and mentoring. This committee oversees the criteria and selection processes for these programs and define their activities and scope in cooperation with other Committees.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Membership Outreach Committee (formerly the Membership Committee)

Charges: The Membership Outreach Committee is responsible for establishing and implementing goals for recruitment and retention of members. Members support the founding vision of AAHKS to be an open and welcoming association to professionals in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty. The Committee reviews membership applications and recommends candidates to the Board of Directors each month.

Applications of proposed members who are rejected by the Membership Committee shall be reviewed by the Executive Board.

Reporting relationship: The Membership Outreach Committee reports to the Membership Council

Composition: This committee shall consist of not less than five (5) Fellow Members. The 3rd Vice-President, upon election, shall appoint a Fellow Member to replace the member of the committee whose term of service expired. The term of appointment of a replacement member shall be whose term of service will begin immediately upon appointment.

The Chair shall be the Membership Committee member serving his/her fourth year on the committee and will serve a one-year term as Chair. During his/her fifth year on the committee, the committee member steps down as Chair, but remains on the committee for his/her fifth and final year.

Term of Office: The term of appointment shall be five (5) years. The term of service of the Chair will terminate immediately at the conclusion of the Interim Meeting.

Nominating Committee

Description: The Nominating Committee prepares a slate of candidates for election at the next Annual Meeting. Process for AAHKS Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee has debated the issue of how best to select the third vice president of the organization. A variety of objective criteria would be helpful in facilitating the nominating process. Criteria for president should include:

  • Multiple publications and presentations related to hip and/or knee arthroplasty resulting in recognition on a national/international basis of that individual’s special expertise in total hip and/or knee arthroplasty.
  • The individual should have provided service to the Association by functioning on the Executive Board or standing committee
  • The individual should be organized and willing to respond to numerous requests that will be required during the year in office, i.e. must be available.

Charge:

  • The Nominating Committee shall prepare a list of nominees for the following elective positions in the Association: a. Third Vice-President. b. Secretary. c. Treasurer. d. Two At-Large members of the Executive Board.
  • The Committee will report its recommendations for approval by the Executive Board at least two months prior to the annual meeting.
  • The names of the approved nominees will be distributed to the eligible attending members of the Association for a secret written ballot.
  • A plurality of the ballots returned to the Secretary shall elect. Election may be by voice vote or by hand count if unanimously approved by the active members present at a business meeting of the AAHKS

Reporting relationship: The Nominating Committee reports to the Board of Directors.

Composition: The committee shall consist of five (5) Fellow Members each serving for a term of (1) year, including:

  • The Chair, who shall be the immediate Past-President of the Association.
  • Two members elected by a plurality at the Annual Meeting of the Association.
  • Two active members elected by the Executive Board.

No member may serve consecutive terms.

Term of Office: Open

Patient/Public Relations Committee (formerly known as the Patient Education Committee)

Charge: The Patient and Public Relations Committee is responsible for developing and approving printed and web-based media to educate consumers about total joint arthroplasty and the best practices for treatment and recovery. Committee members are working on a video project for a consumer audience that will detail what to expect during surgery.

Composition: 5-7 members

Reporting relationship: The Patient/Public Relations Committee reports to the Education and Communications Council.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years

Maximum Terms: 2

Practice Management (formerly known as Payment Policy Committee)

Charge: The Practice Management Committee is responsible for all matters relating to business, reimbursement and/or coding for the services of hip and knee surgeons. Committee members support the Health Policy Council in their responsibilities.

Composition: 7 to 10 voting members. The members shall be: Chair, Vice Chair, AAHKS AMA/RUC Advisor, AAHKS/AAOS CCR Committee Representative, AAHKS Alternate AMA/RUC Advisor, AAHKS AMA CPT Advisory Committee Member, One to Four at-large members. AAHKS members serving on payment policy committees in other capacities (e.g.,. the AAOS Alt Rep to AMA/ RUC) may also serve as voting members of the Subcommittee. The AAHKS Senior Health Policy Fellow shall be a non-voting member. The Subcommittee shall be supported by AAHKS Staff, AAOS Staff and Consultants as the Chair and President shall determine are necessary and within the budget established by the Board. (3/30/11)

Reporting relationship: The Practice Management Committee reports to the Health Policy and Research Council.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Program Committee

The Program Committee shall arrange and conduct all aspects of the Annual and Interim Meetings of the Association. Be responsible for the format and content of the publication of papers presented at the Scientific Meeting.

Charge:

  • Coordinate the Annual Meeting. Provide an Annual Meeting program designed to meet the continuing educational needs of the membership, that provides high quality presentation of relevant new scientific information and that addresses relevant practice-related topics.
  • Investigating offering the proceedings of the Annual Meeting on CD-ROM or Internet-access sites.

Reporting relationship: The Program Committee shall prepare a program for the Annual Meeting subject to review and final approval by the Executive Board. This will precede the Annual Meeting to enable arrangements for timely printing and distribution by the Secretary.

Composition: This committee shall consist of not less than four Association members. Each year, a new member is appointed by the newly elected 3rd Vice-President. This member serves on the committee through the presidential term of the active member who selects him/her. During the Presidential term, the member selected by that President becomes Chairman of the Program Committee. During his/her fifth year, the committee member steps down as chairman but remains on the committee for his/her fifth and final year.

Term of Office: 5 years

Publications Committee

Charge: The Publications Committee is responsible for the oversight, input and development of the Journal of Arthroplasty, Arthroplasty Today and other educational publications. Committee members work with AAHKS staff and contractors of these publications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Composition: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and one Member-at-Large with a one year term with possible rotation to the positions each year pending approval of the Committee on Committees. The Member-at-Large will be nominated by the Publications Chair and recommended to the Committee-on-Committees for approval by the Board. Ex-Officio members will include the immediate past president, the Education Committee Chair, the JOA Editor-in-Chief (non-voting) and the AAHKS Executive Director (non-voting).

Reporting relationship: The Publications Committee reports to the Education and Communications Council

Term of Office: Chair: 3 years; Members: 3 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Quality Measures Committee

Charges: The Quality Measures Committee shall be responsible for all Health Policy matters relating to establishing Quality measurers for the services of hip and knee surgeons, and will support the full committee in carrying out its duties listed above, in relation to the subcommittee’s area of responsibility.

Composition: 10 to 12 Voting Members. The members shall be: Chair, AAHKS AMA PQRI Consortium Representative, Vice Chair, AAHKS American Joint Replacement Registry Representative, AAHKS AMA Alternate Delegate, Episodes of Care/Bundles Payments/Baskets of Care Representative, The Hip Society Representative, The Knee Society Representative, Two to Four at-large members. The AAHKS Junior Health Policy Fellow shall be a non-voting member.

The President shall solicit recommendations from the Presidents of The Hip Society and The Knee Society for AAHKS members who are members of those societies interested, knowledgeable and willing to regularly communicate Quality Committee discussion, agendas and outcomes with The Hip Society and The Knee Society. Final appointment will be made by the AAHKS Board of Directors. The Subcommittee shall be supported by AAHKS Staff, AAOS Staff and Consultants as the Chair and President shall determine are necessary and within the budget established by the Board. (3/30/11)

Reporting relationship: Quality Measures Committee reports to the Health Policy and Research Council.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Research Committee

Charges: The Research Committee identifies a research agenda, promotes studies by qualified members, conducts surveys of membership, promotes availability of grants, and provides an annual report to Board of Directors.

Reporting relationship: The Research Committee reports to the Health Policy and Research Council.

Composition: This committee shall consist of not less than five members and as many as eighteen members. The Chair of this committee will be chosen by a consensus of the committee on committees and approved by the executive board for one two year term. The chair shall appoint a Vice-Chair from the current committee roster. The chair shall mentor the vice-chair to succeed him/her at the end of their 3-year term. In addition the vice chair shall lead the committee if for any reason the chair cannot be present. One member will be an At-Large Member of the Board of Directors and appointed by the current President of the organization.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2

Web/Social Media (originally known as Communications and Electronic Media Subcommittee)

Charge: The Web/Social Media Committee is responsible for oversight of the AAHKS website, Facebook and Twitter. The Committee provides ideas for development and serves to test new functions of web-based programs. Committee members work with the Patient and Public Relations Chair on the development of patient education for the website.

Reporting relationship: The Web/Social Media Committee reports to the Education and Communications Council.

Leadership: The Chair, who will serve for 2 years, and Vice-Chair shall be appointed by the Committee on Committees and Bylaws. If a Vice Chair has not been appointed through the Committee on Committee/Board process, the Committee Chair may appoint a Vice Chair from among the committee members, who shall assist the Chair, run the committee in the Chair’s absence, and be mentored for consideration for appointment as Chair in the future.

Term of Office: Chair: 2 years; Members: 2 years
Maximum Terms: 2