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


Priority Areas

  • Scope of practice

  • Reimbursement/payment

  • Improved quality and access to specialty care

  • Medical liability reform

  • Graduate medical education

As part of our work to promote quality, ethical, and cost-effective patient care, AOFAS makes recommendations on important foot and ankle topics through our position statements and our endorsement of orthopaedic treatment guidelines.

Position Statements

Clinical Practice Guidelines

Appropriate Use Criteria