21 Jun TOS President Phillip Karpos, MD on TOS Leadership News
The Tennessee Orthopaedic Society has been working on your behalf throughout the winter and spring, primarily focusing on Advocacy issues. Matt Scanlan, our TOS Lobbyist, has a full report inside this Newsletter.
As most of you know by now, the Opioid Crisis has caused the Governor and the Legislature to propose and enact what will be the strictest Opioid law in the nation. Through multiple interactions with Governor Haslam’s staff, and also working in concert with the TMA, we were able to modify and improve the initial proposals to allow us to better care for our patients. Nevertheless, we are about to enter an era where we will all become very familiar with MME limits, and there will surely be instances where patient care is negatively impacted.
It is probable that the Opioid Law will be modified in future legislative sessions. Our feedback, through the TOS, will be critical as the Opioid Law is implemented.
In early June, the TOS Leadership will travel to Washington, DC to participate in, and represent you, at the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference. We will be meeting with our Legislators and their staff
regarding issues of significance to our profession. If you have specific issues that you feel that we should
address, please let me know.
Don Lee, M.D., from Vanderbilt, has agreed to serve as the Program Chair for our Annual Meeting, and is putting together a great program. The meeting will be held in Nashville on August 24-25 at the Embassy Suites Airport. The meeting registration and CME is free to all TOS members! Please make plans to attend.
The Tennessee Orthopaedic Society is the collective voice of all Orthopaedic Surgeons in our state. We are fortunate to enjoy high membership levels, but our Goal is 100% membership. If you know of a colleague who is not a member, please encourage them to join the TOS.
We thank you for your continued membership, involvement and support. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.