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AAOE Government Affairs: How to Get Involved and Make Change

Thursday, June 22, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alyssa DelPrete, AAOE Communications
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Government action, whether through legislation or regulation, can greatly affect the orthopaedic industry. To enable members to more easily manage their practices, the AAOE Government Affairs Department provides resources and advocacy to prevent policy that could create a roadblock to the success of practices.

When legislation that could adversely affect members arises, AAOE, through the Advocacy Council, works to prevent or repeal such bills. To help AAOE better advocate for members on issues like this, member participation is essential. Part of this participation is letting AAOE know the issues that matter most to you and your practice by completing surveys that are sent out, including the AAOE Benchmarking Survey. Having access to member data allows AAOE to better advocate for the issues that are affecting members.

Member participation makes a significant impact on AAOE’s advocacy efforts. Continue reading for more ways to stay informed and get involved.

Where to Start

For those who are new to government affairs and advocacy, the Advocacy for Beginners  page on the AAOE website is the perfect place to start. Read How Our Laws Are Made and How Our Regulations Are Made to gain the necessary background information before getting involved in advocacy. This information can help give a better understanding of the purpose of AAOE Government Affairs and why member support and participation is vital.

Next, see where members fit into the strategy of AAOE Government Affairs by reading Grassroots Advocacy. This page explains the importance of member participation and provides actionable ways for members to get involved. For further ideas and tips for getting involved, read Tips for Effective Legislative Contacts and the Social Media Tip Sheet.

Stay Informed With AAOE Government Affairs Publications

The OrthoActivist is a monthly newsletter sent to members that provides information on the status of current legislation affecting orthopaedic practices. The publication is a great way for members to stay informed on the issues impacting practices. Past issues are available here.

Get Involved

Members interested in writing letters to their member of congress should go to the AAOE Legislative Action Center. Members can look through legislation affecting practices that the AAOE Advocacy Council has selected and find who their member of congress is.

When members meet with a legislator, they can fill out the AAOE Legislator Visit Feedback Form. The form lets AAOE know what issues they discussed with the legislator so that this information can be used to enhance advocacy efforts. Meeting with a legislator is a great way for members to get involved in advocacy. They are the true experts in practice management and can have a meaningful influence when inviting a legislator to see their practice and meet with them about a particular issue.

A great way to get involved is by registering for AAOE's fist stand-alone Capitol Hill Day, taking place September 11-12, 2017. This is an opportunity for members of the orthopaedic community from across the United States to gather in Washington, D.C. with the shared goal of helping to educate members of Congress and their staff on who the orthopaedic community is and why our work is so important. Click here for more information and to register.  

For more information about AAOE Government Affairs and advocacy, contact AAOE Government Affairs Manager Brad Coffey, MA ( or 317-749-0629).


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