Weekly Member Update - April 16th, 2010

April 16, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President, Robert M. Szabo, MD

SGR Update - From AMA

Improve Your Practice Website with One Easy Step

Check Out the Annual Meeting Website

Video Theater Abstract Deadline

What is Complus Manus?

A Message from the ASSH President

Our specialty makes us unique as surgeons, but it is our dedication to continued learning that makes us great.  This year’s Annual Meeting in Boston is a tribute to excellence and a call for each of us to continually challenge ourselves and improve your clinical knowledge, your skills, your practice, your network – or all of the above.  Our Program Chairs, Ghazi Rayan, MD and Alex Shin, MD, have put together a particularly exciting schedule this year that, above all, confronts mediocrity with excellence.  Check it out for yourself on the new Annual Meeting website, and register now to join me in Boston this October. 

All my best,
Bob Szabo, MD

SGR Update - From AMA

On April 15, 2010, President Obama signed into law the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010.” This law extends through May 31, 2010, the zero percent update to the MPFS that was in effect for claims with dates of service January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010.  The law is retroactive to April 1, 2010.  Consequently, effective immediately, claims with dates of service April 1 and later, which were being held by Medicare contractors, are being released for processing and payment.  Please keep in mind that the statutory payment floors still apply and, therefore, clean electronic claims cannot be paid before 14 calendar days after the date they are received by Medicare contractors (29 calendar days for clean paper claims).

Given the uncertainty regarding MPFS claims with dates of service June 1, 2010, and later, please watch your listservs and your contractor’s website for more information.

For more information about SGR and other health system reform issues, visit the AMA website.

Improve Your Practice Website with One Easy Step

Connect your webpage to www.assh.org through link exchange!  Simply enter your practice URL in your ASSH member profile so it will appear in "Find-a-Hand-Surgeon" and then post a link back to ASSH on your website.

What are the benefits of link exchange?  Link exchange is a major part of internet marketing and will improve search engine listings on sites like Google and Bing, both for your site and the Hand Society's. It's one of the easiest, most inexpensive and efficient ways to achieve better ranking and traffic.

Here's how: login to www.assh.org, go to "My Profile" and edit your information to include the URL to your website.  This will allow patients who find you while looking for a hand surgeon to immediately visit your site.

Next, include a link to www.assh.org on your webpage.  Not only does this show the public and your patients that you are a member of the Hand Society, it also directs them to online information, such as disease-specific brochures. 

Want to increase your online presence even more?  Join the Hand Society's Facebook group or fan page to read and post hand related news and stay informed on upcoming events.  It can serve as good model to create a page for your own practice and start a buzz about hand surgery in your community.  Links to social media pages are another great way to increase search engine ranks!

Check Out the Annual Meeting Website

Mark your calendars early for the ASSH Annual Meeting in Boston – October 7-9, 2010 – and start planning your trip!  Use the Annual Meeting website as your guide for quick and easy access to:

• View the complete program.
• Check out meeting highlights.
• Schedule your Hand Club meeting.
• Map your route through the Exhibit Hall, and
• Register online!

A special thanks goes to active members of the Boston Local Hosts Committee, like Bob Terrill, MD, Jay Connor, MD, Jeffrey Wint, MD and David Kim, MD, whose advice about visiting Boston will be peppering the website and making your visit more pleasant!  Have great Boston advice?  Email Tara Havenga at thavenga@assh.org

Video Theater Abstract Submissions 

The deadline to submit abstracts is April 26, 2010.  Check out the updated policies and procedures.  Or, submit your abstract here.

What is Complus Manus?

Complus Manus, or “many hands,” is an initiative of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) to encourage Candidate Members and Young Members (< 3 years) of the ASSH to support their Foundation.  Based on the premise that “many hands make light work,” this initiative is a tremendous opportunity for younger ASSH members to consider the valuable benefits of philanthropic giving to our Foundation while gaining appropriate recognition from their peers and unique opportunities to interact with senior members of the ASSH during several annual functions.  Importantly, a portion of Complus Manus funds will be directed to support the ongoing success of the Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference and the Health Volunteers Overseas Travelling Surgeon programs. 

For additional information, contact Jessica Daniels at the ASSH Central Office (847) 384-8300, or learn more by visiting the AFSH website to find information about Complus Manus.