J. Abbott Byrd, III, MD, FAAOS, and president of AOS

On May 5, 2017 Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists hosted, free of charge to participants, their annual Rehabilitation Professionals’ Workers’ Compensation Conference. Nearly 200 rehabilitation professionals from throughout the Hampton Roads area gathered at the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach. They came to earn continuing education credit, and network with AOS Physicians & Therapists, fellow professionals and exhibitors.

Seven AOS Orthopaedic Surgeons and three Physical Therapists that frequently manage orthopaedic care for injured workers lectured on work-related injuries and treatment. Lectures, a panel discussion, and lively question and answer sessions that followed them all contributed to a two-way exchange of information on best practices in workers’ compensation case management.

One attendee remarked, “We all have the same common goal – get injured employees healthy, painless and back to work!” Toward this goal, workers’ compensation professionals at the conference earned six hours of Continuing Education credit from four key professional workers’ compensation specialty credentialing organizations. Before the conference took place, AOS had submitted requests for and received accreditation from Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), the Disability Management Specialists Commission (CDMS), the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) and the Commission for Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC.)

As leaders in orthopaedic health, AOS is pleased to provide this educational program free of charge. The two-way exchange of information between medical professionals and case managers participating is a dynamic forum that benefits both participants and providers in their efforts to continuously improve communication, and the quality of care given injured workers.

The physicians and staff of Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists would like to thank our participants and exhibitors for making the Rehabilitation Professionals Workers’ Compensation Conference an overwhelming success!