Who does this affect
|Who Does This Affect?||
The members of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (the Academy) and the members of the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) will be directly involved in formation of a consolidated organization. The success of consolidation depends on each member taking an active role, staying informed and using his or her vote as a voice throughout the process. With consolidation, the respective programs would continue, but the Academy and AOPA would not retain their separate corporate status.
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics Inc. (ABC) and the National Commission for Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE), while non-membership organizations, will be actively involved in the consolidation process and new organization. Because the business of ABC and NCOPE, certification and education respectively, cannot be unduly influenced in terms of their governance and budgets, they will each need to maintain an independent board of commissioners. To this end, the integrity of the education and certification processes will not be compromised.
What Would the New Organization Represent
|What Would the New Organization Represent?||
Consolidation would accomplish having the two membership organizations of the Academy and AOPA developed into one association. One possible name would be the American Association for Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP). The ABC and NCOPE would be part of this new organization and be maintained within the O&P family. The mission of the new association would be to represent the orthotics and prosthetics profession in promoting quality O&P care and services. The mission would be fulfilled through five goals:
Movement in the Direction of Consolidation
|How? - The Process||
|Strategic Planning meeting of all boards and the commission (ABC, the Academy, AOPA and NCOPE)|
|KPMG hired to do an organizational audit of existing structures|
|Consensus Conference held. Concept and idea for consolidation publicized via press release and articles in O&P publications|
|Steering Committee meets to discuss bylaws and marketing plan|
|Packet of information produced and draft plan presented at Academy Annual MeetingConsolidation booth manned by current leadership to answer questions and address concerns|
|Modification to plan and bylaws|
|AOPA & Academy membership vote on bylaws and resolutions to dissolve. All members get a voice in the decision.|
|Consolidation. Development of organization identityand formal announcement.|
- "Do I pay dues to ABC?" "Am I a member of ABC?" "Am I an individual member of AOPA if I simply practice in a member facility?" "Does my facility and its practitioners have membership in the Academy?"
- The current structures are not as effective as they need to be. Consolidation could increase cost-effectiveness and productivity and eliminate redundancies.
- Members could also see an improved level of service, value and better representation of the O&P field.
- From whatever perspective, O&P needs to have a unified voice. There is strength in numbers.
- Keeping up with external changes and responding rapidly to members' emerging needs will require associations to become "fast, fluid, and flexible."
- Increasing public scrutiny and competition will lead associations to promote their members' credibility and the unique value of their services or activities.
PERCEIVED THREATS/ WEAKNESSES/CONCERNS:
Where Do You Fit Into the Process
|Where Do You Fit Into the Process?||
You need to stay informed and encourage others to do the same, so as things progress you are able to make educated decisions. We recognize that both threats and weaknesses exist in addition to strengths and opportunities through the new organization. Nothing is being decided for you. We are merely looking for ways to make the existing organizations work better to meet the needs of all the members.
The "Steering Committee" is the committee comprised of currently elected leaders from the organizations. They have been tasked with working through the details of bylaws, governance, dues structures, etc. Please feel free to contact any one of the members with any questions or concerns you may have.
|Steering Committee||Business Phone|
|David Jendrzejczyk, CP, FAAOP, Chairman||(860) 667-5339|
|William Beiswenger, CPO, FAAOP|
|Ronney Snell, CPO||(901) 853-1353 (only after 6pm EST)|
|William Schumann, CPO||(978) 683-5229|
|William Barringer, CO||(405) 271-3644|
|C. Michael Schuch, CPO, FAAOP||(919) 684-6890|
|Stephanie Langdon-Bash, CPO, FAAOP||(315) 476-3831|
|Charles Pritham, CPO, FAAOP||(919) 684-2474|
|William DeToro, CO||(330) 758-3888|
|Robert Brown, Sr., CPO, FAAOP||(607)273-3971|
|Michael Brncick, CPO||(708) 957-0240|
|Robert S. Lin, CPO||(860) 667-5361|
|Current Programs||Current Sponsoring Organization||
|Certified Practitioner||Business Owner|
|Exam Preparation Seminar||The Academy||X||X|
|Patient Care Manual||The Academy||X||X|
|Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium||The Academy||X||X|
|JPO||AOPA & The Academy||X||X|
|Almanac||AOPA & The Academy||X||X|
|Patient Care Videos||The Academy||X||X|
|Heard Online||The Academy||X||X|
|Best of Resident Research Series||The Academy||X|
Do you realize that Academicians benefit from AOPA's activities
while AOPA members gain opportunities through the Academy's programs?
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