President's Monthly Update - January 201201.17.2012
Happy New Year and welcome to a year which promises much change. As we look to a political future which is yet to be decided and attempt to better understand the implications of health care reform I am happy to report that your fellow ASES members have been working hard to be proactive in addressing the problems which confront us as an organization. All committees will make their formal reports to the Executive Committee during our annual meeting at the AAOS in San Francisco. Here is an overview of some of our initiatives. I envision an increasing inertia for each initiative after our annual meeting as the committees will have articulated their plans and will begin to operationalize their strategies.
Ad-Hoc Committee on Value-Driven Shoulder Care:
Dr. Laurence Higgins, Chair and Dr. Bernard Morrey, Co-Chair, have been working purposefully and methodically to define a strategic approach for our society. Several initiatives being considered include a collaboration with AANA, AOSSM and AAOS in order to define evidence-based practices for shoulder care. We are especially committed to building an alliance through agreement in these initiatives.
Last month Dr. Higgins travelled to Washington along with leadership from AANA and AOSSM in order to meet with leaders in health care reform and consider options to better inform lawmakers of the implications for care of patients with shoulder problems. Discussion is continuing on the best methods for advancing this initiative.
Last week I was fortunate to be a participant in an Intensive Seminar on Value-Based Health Care Delivery taught at the Harvard Business School by Professors Michael Porter and Elizabeth Teisberg. This course was very helpful in giving me an insight into a proactive strategy for ASES in health care reform. Details of this course are available on the HBS website: http://www.hbs.edu/rhc/health_care_delivery_curriculum.html. I am trying to develop a program in collaboration with HBS in order to allow for one ASES member per year to be supported by leadership to attend this course. I believe this initiative is essential to train our future leaders. I will have more on this in a future monthly update.
Social Media/Website Committee:
Drs. Matt Provencher and Josh Dines, Committee Co-Chairs, have been working on a number of additions and improvements for our website. Central to these initiatives are collaboration with both www.vumedi.com and www.g9md.net.
These will include the following:
1. A channel for ASES on www.vumedi.com with a link to our own website and a new section entitled “ASES Presents”. The speakers who presented in honor of Dr. Charles Neer at our Closed Meeting at the Greenbrier have been asked to contribute narrated talks to this site so that the first featured presentation will honor Dr. Neer.
2. Branding of members videos on www.vumedi.com as ASES-supported videos.
3. Secure on-line communities on www.g9md.net which will allow our committees to work together seamlessly and without time constraints to share information and decisions.
4. Creation of a “Care Map” on our website to visually show our members on a global map with active links to contact information.
Committee on Industry:
Drs. Ticker and Hawkins, Co-Chairs of this committee, have been working to redefine our strategy of collaboration with industry. Among other initiatives they will consider the feasibility of creating an Educational Foundation to support our many educational programs including fellowship training.
Ad-Hoc Committee on New Membership:
This committee, chaired by Dr. Ken Yamaguchi, will tackle the problem of growing our membership thoughtfully while considering the implications of political and economic advantages afforded by growth versus the collegiality of a smaller informal group. They plan to present their strategy at the Executive session during the annual AAOS meeting in San Francisco.
Redefining our Strategy and Mission:
I have asked the P.D. committee (Former ASES Presidents) chaired by Dr. Russell F. Warren, to consider redefining the strategy and mission of ASES given the major changes in health care which confront all of us. The executive committee expects their recommendations following our annual meeting in San Francisco.
In closing, I look forward to seeing all of you at the Open ASES Meeting in San Francisco. As always, I welcome your input and advice. Please feel free to contact me through the ASES organization by emailing Susan Shannon as she will pass these on to me. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jon J.P. Warner, MD