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The organization started as the result of correspondence between a few practice administrators. This eventually led to the first national meeting, which was held in September, 1969 in Denver, Colorado. During the meeting, it was decided that a chairman would be elected to edit a quarterly newsletter. Twenty-eight members took part in this initial meeting. In October, 1969, Don Shearer was elected as the first chairman, and the first newsletter was sent. The organization was named Best Orthopedic Nationwide Evaluation Society (BONES), and was created as an organization that would facilitate the exchange of ideas and information between orthopaedic group managers.

BONES was incorporated in the late 1980s in Birmingham, Alabama. During the early years, the society was member-run and centered around the annual meetings, which were relatively small and focused on networking and information exchange. Members would select the site of the conference and prepare the program. 

The organization truly launched in 1989 during the annual meeting in New Port, Rhode Island. The meeting had more than 100 attendees, educational sessions, and two formal social functions. During the meeting a formal Board of Directors were announced, and bylaws were created.

In 1992, BONES became the American Association of Orthopaedic Executives. Attendance at the annual meetings continued to grow, and beginning around 2000, the board and paid staff, along with a volunteer conference committee, became responsible for planning and executing the annual conference. 

In 2017, the American Alliance of Orthopaedic Executives, a 501(c)(6) organization, was created in order to provide greater lobbying capabilities on behalf of members. AAOE members continue to receive education through the Association.  

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