President's Message

By A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
President, Virginia Orthopaedic Society


A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
VOS President

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Dear Virginia Orthopaedic Society Members,

Our Annual Meeting is just a few days away and I hope you are as excited as I am. For those of you who have not registered to attend our 64th Annual Meeting April 29 - May 1 at The Homestead Resort, please do so immediately. This is an outstanding educational opportunity loaded with CME credits.

The final program is now complete and I urge you to review the course offerings. Thanks to Dr. Greg Domson and Dr. Mark Romness, our Program Chairs who were assisted by Dr. Trey Cui and Sara Rynders, PA-C in the development of the curriculum. Dr. Darren Johnson, Chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Kentucky, and Dr. Thomas Sculco, Surgeon and Chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery will be our invited keynote speakers. Dr. Bill Hazel, Secretary for Health and Human Resources will return for a talk and question/answer session that will update our members on major healthcare reform issues. The Homestead is a world class resort and, for those of you who have never been there, this is an ideal opportunity to obtain CME credits and enjoy time with the family at great bargain rates.

VOS Delegation

The VOS delegation visits Capital Hill. Pictured from left are
A. Bobby Chhabra, MD; VOS President; Josh Gluch, MD, UVA Resident;
Wilford Gibson, MD, AAOS BOC Councilor; Eric Guidi, MD, AAOS BOC Councilor and Ilvy Friebe, MD, VCU Resident.

I just returned from Washington, DC after attending the National Orthopaedic Leadership conference. Drs. Wilford Gibson and Eric Guidi, our BOC/BOS Counselors, Andrew Mann, our VOS Association Manager and two residents, Dr. Joshua Gluck from UVA and Dr. Ilvy Friebe from MCV comprise the Virginia contingent that visited Capitol Hill to discuss AAOS initiatives. We had several great meetings with legislative representatives for Senators Warner and Webb as well as several of our congressmen throughout the state. The main focus of our meetings was to urge congress to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board that was created by President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If this board is created, it will threaten the ability of peoples’ elective representative in Congress to ensure access to the healthcare they need.

In addition, we had lively discussions requesting Congress to encourage rather than discourage the integration of clinical services in order to achieve a more efficient healthcare delivery system and to help provide efficient accessible low cost and timely healthcare (Health Act) by addressing the hostile medical litigation climate and rising insurance premiums.

We also discussed the flawed SGR formula and urged Congress to develop a long- term solution for Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement.

I encourage  you to contact your state representatives to continue pushing for initiatives that benefit our patients and physicians.

I am happy to report that membership in the VOS has reached an all time high thanks to initiatives by President Elect Dr. Derek Ochiai and the Membership committee. Once again, I urge you to reach out to our colleagues who are not members of VOS and get them more involved. Without numbers and a unified voice, we will not be able to adequately fight against many of the healthcare issues that will negatively impact our ability to provide patient care.

Please consider contributing to the OrthoPAC. All 140 members of the Virginia General Assembly will be up for re-election this year.  Without a substantial increase in contributions to our state OrthoPAC, we will not be able to earn visibility for issues that protect our patients and our fellow surgeons.

This will be my last address in the VOS Newsletter as I hand over the leadership of VOS to President-Elect Derek Ochiai at our Annual Meeting. I would like to give a heartfelt thanks from the VOS Board of Directors to Cal Whitehead, our government relations representative in Richmond. He has been a tremendous help during this tumultuous political year. Thanks also goes out to the staff members at the VOS headquarters.

I have really enjoyed this past year and hope that I have been able to make positive contributions that benefit our patients and physicians.

I look forward to meeting all of you at The Homestead Resort. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any ideas or suggestions.

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