Research & Policy

Health Policy


AOFAS strives to advance its legislative priorities through advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. This work is accomplished by the AOFAS Health Policy Committee who keeps AOFAS members updated on legislative and regulatory action, collaborates with orthopaedic advocacy groups, and encourages member action through grassroots participation.

We encourage open communication with the AOFAS Health Policy Committee. If you hear about legislation in your state concerning foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, please email us at

For position statements, clinical practice guidelines, and appropriate use criteria, please see our Position Statements & Clinical Guidelines page.


Priority Areas

  • Scope of practice

  • Reimbursement/payment

  • Improved quality and access to specialty care

  • Medical liability reform

  • Graduate medical education

Joint Task Force of Orthopaedic and Podiatric Surgeons

In 2018, the AOFAS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), and American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) formed the Joint Task Force of Orthopaedic and Podiatric Surgeons to work on mutually beneficial policy goals.