“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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