President's Message - August 201408.18.2014
I hope this letter finds you doing well and enjoying your summer. Our closed meeting in Pinehurst, North Carolina is but two months off and preparations are being completed for what promises to be an excellent academic and social event. Chairmen, Bob Burks and Peter McDonald, have put together a stimulating program of symposia, point counter point discussions and over 30 paper presentations culled from 300 plus submissions. They are to be congratulated on an outstanding academic program. Congratulations to those of you accepted for presentation.
The social program will include our customary dinner dance on Saturday night and attendees will have the opportunity to test their golfing skills on Pinehurst courses #8 and, the famous #2, site of this past summer’s US men’s and women’s Opens. October in Pinehurst is a wonderful time of the year with temperatures in the mid to low 70s and Carolina blue skies. A number of outside activities have been arranged for your consideration, however, in addition to those on the registration there are many more activities that you and your spouse can enjoy and I would recommend you look at the Pinehurst resort website for further information.
A number of things have transpired with our organization since my last letter and without getting into great detail at this moment, for I most certainly will at the time of my presidential address, suffice it to say that our organization is in a great position nationally and internationally as we move forward towards 2015. Some of the recent activities of our society;
1) The Biennial meeting was a resounding success, and the feedback received from course participants confirms the benefit and interest in continuing this endeavor in the future.
2) Discussions continue regarding ASES partnering with AANA in their maintenance of certification tool, the ASAP (Arthroscopic Self-Assessment Program), in anticipation of a 2015 expanded version to include shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, fractures and instability issues.
3) Our visiting fellowship program has been expanded with the addition of visitors from the Chinese Shoulder and Elbow Society as well as our current colleagues from Korea, Japan and Europe.
4) Efforts have been made regarding the reversal of CMS changes for the coding of arthroscopic shoulder procedures, and I’m hopeful that by year end we will have some resolution.
5) The Membership Committee will present their recommendations for our consideration and I assure you it is a very strong class for 2014. Equally important, Larry Higgins and his committee have thoughtfully refined and enhanced the application process for future Membership Committees.
6) The Value-based Shoulder Care Committee will provide a recommendation to our organization at the closed meeting regarding a proposed position statement from ASES that we can put forth in collaboration with the Academy’s Performance Measures Committee.
7) Prompted by recent changes with OREF, it is likely that ASES will be required to take over maintenance of CESES endowment funds. While initially cumbersome, this change may afford us the opportunity to directly address and refine our approach to fund raising and the future endowment needs and expectations of the society.
8) Next year’s Specialty Day in Las Vegas promises to be great. Under the guidance of chairs, Kevin Plancher and Buddy Savoie, the morning session will consist of a stimulating combined session with AOSSM and AANA, followed by our traditional ASES paper presentations and symposia. A great deal of time and work was expended by the Program Committee in this effort and I encourage all of you to plan on attending the 2015 AAOS and Specialty Day.
In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that have helped our society during the past year. Much of what has been accomplished could not have been done if not for the tireless efforts of my fellow Executive Committee members, committee chairman, and staff. We should all take great pride in the amazing entity that we’ve helped to shape and grow. I look forward to seeing all of you in October at Pinehurst.