Weekly Member Update - April 4, 2014

Volunteer Note

One Question Results: ASSH/AHSS Combined Meeting

President Signs SGR ‘Patch’ Bill, ICD-10 Officially Delayed

Registration Deadline Extended for Wrist Course

Take a Giant Step Towards Your CME Goals: 2014 ASSH Self-Assessment Exam

Register for our Most Popular Course: Comprehensive Review

Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release

CMS to Disclose What Medicare Pays Doctors


Volunteer Note

Seiler_ColorJohn G. Seiler, III, MD
Chair, AFSH 25th Anniversary Campaign

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One Question Results: ASSH/AHSS Combined Meeting

Last week, we asked members how likely they would be to attend a combined meeting of ASSH and the Australian Hand Surgery Society to be held in Sydney, Austraila during March of 2016. 

View the results.

President Signs SGR ‘Patch’ Bill; ICD-10 Officially Delayed

President Obama has signed into law another patch to delay a cut to Medicare physician reimbursement called for under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula until April 1, 2015.  The bill passed the House of Representatives last week and marks the 17th time Congress has delayed cuts mandated by the SGR.  Recent projections by the Congressional Budget Office had reduced the estimated cost of SGR repeal to what was perceived by many experts to be a manageable amount, and there was wide bipartisan support to replace the SGR with a system that would not require annual patches.  However, Democrats and Republicans were unable to come to an agreement on how to fund the reduced cost of repeal.  The patch legislation is viewed by many in the medical community as a missed opportunity; it is expected that the upcoming Congressional election cycle will make it even more difficult for legislators to find common ground.

The bill also requires the federal government to delay the adoption of ICD-10-CM/PCS for at least one year.   A seven-line section of the bill states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt the ICD–10 code set as the standard until at least October 1, 2015.  The healthcare industry had been preparing to switch to the ICD-10 code set on October 1, 2014.  Read more.

Registration Deadline Extended for Wrist Course

What Every Surgeon Should Know About the Wrist: Distal Radius, Carpus and Ulnar-Sided Wrist PainWrist14_200x200_ET
May 2 - 3, 2014
Sheraton Austin, Austin, TX
Registration Deadline Extended to April 14

This course will present the latest research and techniques regarding disorders of the wrist. It will cover all of the common conditions of the wrist and wrist conditions that are rare. The program for this two-day course includes all the best tips and knowledge that you need to provide state-of-the-art care to your patients.

Be sure to book housing at the Sheraton Austin by Monday, April 7 and take advantage of the discounted group rate of $169/night, plus tax, based on availability.  To reserve your room online, please go to the Sheraton Austin Online Room Reservation System or call (888) 627-8349.

Register Now.

Take a Giant Step Towards Your CME Goals: 2014 ASSH Self-Assessment Exam

Deadline Extended: April 14

SA14_200x200-borderCan we interest you in a wealth of CME at an unbeatable price? To sweeten the deal, you can earn it at your own pace, on your own schedule and from anywhere you have internet access. ASSH’s premiere self-assessment tool delivers 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ with an open-book format and test-pausing capabilities. It’s just too good to miss!

Register Now
ASSH members: $195
Nonmembers: $235

CME Credit Hours
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand designates this enduring material for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Register for our Most Popular Course: Comprehensive Review

CompReview_200x200_ETJuly 17-20, 2014
Chicago, IL

ASSH’s renowned Comprehensive Review Course is your home for advanced review and updates on the latest research.  Covering anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods, this course examines the full spectrum of upper extremity surgery, so you walk away with all the tools you need, whether you are preparing for recertification or just staying on top of your game.

Join us, along with our faculty of recognized experts in hand surgery:

Chair: Thomas B. Hughes, MD
Co-chair: Robert J. Strauch, MD
Faculty: Allen T. Bishop, MD, Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C), David J. Bozentka, MD, Ryan P. Calfee, MD, MSc, John C. Elfar, MD, Charles A. Goldfarb, MD, Warren C. Hammert, MD, Peter E. Hoepfner, MD, Thomas B. Hughes, MD, Sanjeev Kakar, MD, Steve K. Lee, MD, Scott D. Lifchez, MD, Jaimie T. Shores, MD, Scott P. Steinmann, MD, Robert J. Strauch, MD, Jonathan Tueting, MD, Ann E. Van Heest, MD, Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, MD, Jeffrey Yao, MD, Dan A. Zlotolow, MD

As part of your registration fee, you will receive both a print syllabus and downloadable digital syllabus at the course, and a full screen PDF of the presentations for continued review after the course. 

Register Now.

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General Orthopaedic Review
July 17, 2014

Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release

OCC_ETApril 21 at 9:00 PM Eastern
Member Benefit

Have you released a carpal tunnel and the patient is still experiencing symptoms?  Have patients come to you because of a failed carpal tunnel release that was done elsewhere?  Our next Online Consultation Corner Webinar: Failed Carpal Tunnel Release, brings an expert panel together to discuss the workup and treatment of these patients.

The discussion will include:

  • Consideration of alternate diagnoses
  • The role of imaging and other diagnostic tests
  • Treatment options

This is a complimentary member benefit, so register now and submit your case for our panelists to review and discuss live at the webinar.

CMS to Disclose What Medicare Pays Doctors

CMS logoEarlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its intent to open the books on what the government pays doctors through Medicare.  The public will have access to information regarding the number and type of health care services that individual physicians and other health care professionals delivered in 2012, and the amount Medicare paid them for those services. Read about the "Next Steps in Medicare Transparency" in the CMS Blog.

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