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 Weekly Member Update - April 20, 2012


Volunteer's Note

Staff Note

Corporate Advisory Council – Call for Topics!

AMA Membership Update

Video: Member Helps African Boy Regain Use of Hand

2012 Self-Assessment Exam Goes Live Monday

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Manual Offers Guidance on New Payment, Delivery Systems

UnitedHealth Settlement Checks Are Out; Have You Received Yours?

 





Volunteer's Note

The Diversity Committee's charge is to propose guidelines for ASSH patient education material, business plans, and committee actions to promote diversity awareness as it relates to patient care, patient and surgeon education, and Society functions.

The value of diversity awareness in improving the delivery of healthcare has been documented in numerous studies.  Demonstrating culturally competent care and eliminating disparity of care are important tenets of all medical education efforts and are part of the national quality of healthcare measures.  Moreover, effectively communicating with patients helps them take an active part in their own care.

The 15 members of the committee – who have diverse backgrounds – have put together a list of resources on diversity competency for our membership and patients, and these will be posted on the ASSH website in the near future.

With respect to patient education, we are working with the Public Education Committee as well as the Public Awareness Committee to translate existing patient education brochures into other languages.  We are also working on ASSH videos that demonstrate the diversity of our membership.

Also, in collaboration with the Identity Task Force, we are investigating ways to examine the current composition of our membership.

Lastly, we are working with the leadership of the Committee Advisory Group (CAG) and the Nominating Advisory Group (NAG) to ensure that all members of our society – regardless of gender, ethnicity, type of practice (academic or private), and residency training (orthopaedics, plastics, general) – have equal opportunity to participate in the committee and governance structure in the ASSH.

Charles S. Day, MD, MBA
Chair, Diversity Committee




Staff Note

This will be the first of several updates about the ASSH's new Central Office – 822 West Washington Blvd., in the West Loop of downtown Chicago.

If you want to get a look at the progress (from demolition to our current state), click here to look at a few photos.  In the next couple of weeks, we will share a video with you so you can get an even better feel for things.


The staff will occupy the second floor of the building.  The first floor of the building will house the Chase Library and the Gelberman Conference Room and should provide roughly another 5,000 square feet for a rent-paying tenant.  In addition, our basement has windows and 11-foot ceilings, so an additional 5,000 square feet in the basement will be suitable for an office tenant.

Currently, the staff hopes to occupy the second floor of 822 Washington in June.  We think the first floor will be complete by the end of July.  In addition to a new address, our move will necessitate new phone numbers (which we already have) and several other operational changes.  We will be letting members know of the relevant changes as we get closer to our move date.

Mark C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO






Corporate Advisory Council – Call for Topics!

 

Next month, the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) will convene for its spring gathering in conjunction with the ASSH Council Meeting.

 
CAC gatherings offer a rare opportunity for ASSH/AFSH leadership and key industry representatives to discuss major hand and upper extremity issues.  Our discussions at the May meeting will provide a roadmap for projects to be pursued between now and the Annual Meeting in September.
 
Think of the CAC as our industry "think tank" to brainstorm new ideas, find working solutions to current industry problems, and to review new business opportunities for possible partnerships on future ASSH/AFSH initiatives or industry-led programs.  Review past CAC projects to learn more.
 
The CAC is both a resource for industry feedback as well as an opportunity to develop relationships with both small and large corporations.  Our May CAC participants include representatives from Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, AxoGen, DePuy, Medartis, Small Bone Innovations, Stryker, Tornier, Tri-Medics and Zimmer. 
 
What topics would you like the CAC to tackle next?  Please take a minute to submit your topic idea(s) by completing our short survey.





AMA Membership Update

AMA rules stipulate that in order to qualify for a seat in the AMA House of Delegates, 25% of our members must be AMA members.  We remain 31 members shy of the 25% mark, following a week in which the ASSH Central Office received no notifications of Hand Society members who've recently joined or rejoined the AMA.

Having a seat in the AMA House of Delegates allows the ASSH to have a voice in decisions that directly affect you and your patients.
 
Have you joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012?  Please let us know by contacting amitchell@assh.org so we can track the progress of your AMA membership.  ASSH will reconcile our membership list with the AMA to get credit for our members.
 
Have your voice heard: Join the AMA.





Video: Member Helps African Boy Regain Use of Hand



ASSH member H. Brent Bamberger, DO, recently donated his services to a 7-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who needed surgery to repair his severely burned right hand.

Watch video about the successful surgery from WDTN in Dayton, Ohio, by clicking on the image above, or read the Dayton Daily News article about it by visiting the ASSH Facebook page or Twitter account.

"After this, I’ll be surprised if he lets anything stop him," Bamberger told the Daily News. "He is very resilient."

Those who don't have Facebook or Twitter accounts can read the Daily News article at daytondailynews.com.





2012 Self-Assessment Exam Goes Live Monday

The annual Self-Assessment Exam will be available to registrants on Monday.  Exam packets will be mailed to print registrants, and online registrants will have access to the exam through an email sent by the ASSH.

The deadline for completion of the exam is June 8, 2012.  Late submissions cannot be scored and will not be eligible for CME credit.  If you have questions, call the ASSH Central Office between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, at 847-384-8300 or 847-384-1243.




Thank You to AFSH Donors

John F. Dalton, IV, MD
Joseph E. Imbriglia, MD
Kevin F. Lutsky, MD
Daniel P. Mass, MD
Peter J. Stern, MD
A. Marc Tetro, MD
The AFSH Annual Report was sent out Saturday.  If you haven't had a chance to review it, you can read it here.
 
Did you know you can now support the Foundation (AFSH) through automated monthly payments?  Visit www.afsh.org/donate to complete an auto-pay form, or contact afsh@assh.org.





Manual Offers Guidance on New Payment, Delivery Systems - from AMA

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If last week's announcement of the Medicare Shared Savings Program's first 27 accountable care organizations (ACOs) demonstrates one thing, it's this: The way that physicians are being paid is changing.
 
The Shared Savings Program is just one of the new budget-based payment systems that are emerging to replace fee-for-service as the predominant means through which physicians are reimbursed.  Other models include bundled payment arrangements, capitation, pay for performance, and withholds and risk pools.  Read more.





UnitedHealth Settlement Checks Are Out; Have You Received Yours? - from AMA

Physicians still waiting to receive their refund check as part of medicine's historic settlement with UnitedHealth Group should contact either the claims administrator or the Managed Care Advisory Group (MCAG), depending on how they filed their claim.
 
All checks in the settlement have been mailed, and those who filed a valid claim as part of the settlement should have gotten their payment by last weekend. Of the $250 million allocated to physicians, patients and other health professionals nationwide, about $200 million has gone to physicians.  Read more.