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November 29, 2016

AAOS Statement on Nomination of Orthopaedic Surgeon Tom Price

Washington, DC—Gerald R. Williams, Jr., MD, President of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), released the following statement on the nomination of Chairman Tom Price, MD (R-GA) to the position of United States Secretary of Health and Human Services:

“On behalf of 18,000 board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, the AAOS congratulates Chairman Tom Price, an orthopaedic surgeon and AAOS member, on his nomination as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.

“Dr. Price has decades of leadership on health care policy issues and firsthand experience caring for patients for nearly twenty years. He has worked closely with AAOS on issues including repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula, oversight of mandatory bundled payment models, increasing flexibility within electronic health record programs, defending important in-office ancillary services, and protecting the patient-physician relationship. He has been an indispensable voice within the House Republican Doctors Caucus, making significant contributions to health policy reform and furthering the interests of patients. And he has been one of the most important champions in improving the care of patients in the specialty, rural, and small or solo practice settings.

“Upon confirmation by the Senate, we look forward to working with Dr. Price to continue to address these important issues. AAOS stands ready to assist Dr. Price in further developing a health care system that meets the need of patients and the physicians who care for them.”

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