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April 08, 2014

AAOS Applauds Sens. Thune and Klobuchar in Introducing Bill to Provide Licensure Clarity for Sports Medicine Professionals

Washington, DC—The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) applauds the introduction of a bill by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) that would provide licensure clarity for sports medicine professionals. Providing adequate protection for sports medicine professionals so they can offer valuable medical services to athletes in a secondary state is a priority for the AAOS. This bill will not only preserve sports medicine providers’ access to their medical liability insurance coverage when they travel across state lines with athletic teams, but will allow sports team practitioners to provide timely, high-quality health care services to injured athletes during sporting events in a secondary state.
“Sports medicine providers should not have to choose between either treating injured athletes at great professional risk, or reducing athletes’ access to timely healthcare services,” stated Frederick M. Azar, MD, President of AAOS. “This bill will ensure injured athletes have timely access to the highest quality of care so they can return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible. The AAOS thanks Senator Thune and Senator Klobuchar for their leadership on this important issue.”
Senator John Thune also commented on the bill’s introduction. “Sports medicine providers take on great professional and financial risk to treat injured athletes on the road,” said Senator Thune. “While some states provide legal protection to shield these professionals from assuming the risk, many providers are still left with the decision of treating an injured athlete or accepting the risk. I look forward to working with the AAOS to move this common-sense legislation forward to ensure we deliver quality care for traveling athletes while providing legal protections for sports medicine professionals.”
The AAOS is committed to preserving continuity of care for all patients. This bill will safeguard injured athletes’ timely access to health care professionals who best know their medical history, and will thereby improve the overall health care system.
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