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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives?

The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives will be the new membership entity formed under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code for orthopaedic practice executives and their staff.

 

Why is this new organization needed?

The American Association of Orthopaedic Executives was incorporated under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which restricts the amount of government affairs related activity the organization may conduct. A separate 501(c)(6) organization is needed in order to expand government affairs related activity, and the IRS will not approve two organizations with the same name.

 

Why is government affairs activity important?

One of the key initiatives identified by AAOE leadership last year is for the AAOE to more actively engage in lobbying activity now and political activity in the future. Strategically, this initiative will position the AAOE as the voice for orthopaedic practice management in support of the existing vision of the AAOE as setting the standard for industry knowledge and insight and fostering universally recognized credibility. In order to move forward on this initiative, a separate 501(c)(6) organization must be created that is able to engage in lobbying and political activity more actively than what AAOE currently conducts.

 

There are lobbyists with AAOS and the OrthoForum has a lobbying firm in Washington, DC. Why does AAOE need to be involved?
The rate of change in the healthcare financing world will only increase over time as the government and businesses continue to struggle with our healthcare financing systems and the ability to afford healthcare premiums. That drives up the need for all stakeholders to have a place at the table to influence policy.

To ensure the specific interests of independent practices and the constituents in our organization, we cooperate with each other. It takes an enormous amount of energy to coordinate and to get the maximum benefit from the energy. Our ability to influence health policy and to protect our businesses is enhanced because of that unified standpoint.

 

What happens to the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives?

The existing 501(c)(3) will continue to carry the name American Association of Orthopaedic Executives. The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives name identifies the new 501(c)(6).

 

How does this affect me?

During this process, you will see two names.  The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives name will identify the new 501(c)(6) while the 501(c)(3) continues to carry the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives name.

Will my membership change?

If you are a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives in 2016, you will be a member of the newly created American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives. When the membership renewal cycle begins for 2017, you will receive a renewal notice from the Alliance and dues will be paid to the Alliance.

 

Will membership dues change?

We do not anticipate the need to raise membership dues based on this change. Any changes in dues beyond a "cost-of-living-adjustment" will be approved by the Board of Directors and communicated to members well in advance of the renewal cycle.

 

Why was the Alliance name chosen?

The IRS will not allow two organizations to be incorporated with the same name so a new name is required for the new organization. The American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives is meant to be a temporary name of the new 501(c)(6) entity. Once the new organization is approved by the IRS, we will revisit the name of the new organization and determine what changes are needed and how those changes may look with input from the membership of AAOE.


What is the membership criteria for the Alliance?

If you are eligible to be a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives, you will be eligible for membership in the Alliance. If you are a member of AAOE as of January 2016, your membership will automatically be rolled over to the Alliance for the 2017 dues cycle.

 Will I still be a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives?

Yes! Your membership in the Alliance will entitle you to membership in the Association.

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