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September 12, 2016

AAOS Applauds House for Passing Bill to Provide Licensure Clarity for Sports Medicine Professionals

Washington, DC—The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today applauds the House of Representatives for passing a bipartisan bill that would provide licensure clarity for sports medicine professionals. H.R. 921, the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act – introduced by Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Cedric Richmond (D-LA) – will clarify medical liability rules to ensure team providers are properly covered by their professional liability insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state. From high school to college to professional levels, it is important that the men and women who are trained to protect and care for athletes and who best know the players’ medical histories are able to engage in the treatment of injured athletes.

“Sports medicine professionals are integral to the operation of athletic teams around the country,” stated Thomas C. Barber, MD, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. “H.R. 921 ensures these professionals can treat injured athletes, whose medical histories they know well, across state lines without the fear of incurring great professional and financial loss. With timely access to the highest quality of care, athletes are then better able to return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible. We commend the House for approving this bill and we urge the Senate to do the same.”

Specifically, AAOS thanks Reps. Guthrie and Richmond for their leadership on this important issue and looks forward to working with Sens. Thune and Klobuchar to pass similar legislation in the Senate. In addition to AAOS, the legislation has gained support from provider groups including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Neurology, American College of Surgeons, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The bill has also received support from sports industry groups including the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

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