Weekly Member Update - June 18th, 2010

June 18, 2010

Did You Know - ASSH Annual Meeting?

2010 Young Leaders

Elite Collectors

SGR Update - From AMA

2010 National Health Insurer Report Card - From AMA

Did You Know - ASSH Annual Meeting?

Did You Know… that there is a Google Map on the Annual Meeting website that shows you all of the important Boston locations for the meeting?  From the convention center to the hotels to local transport, we have you covered.  Want to know how to get from your hotel to the convention center? Or how long the walk will take?  You can even find out where the onsite registration desk is located in the convention center and what their hours are.  Click on each of the pinpoints to learn more about each location and get helpful hints for navigating the convention center area.  We will be adding more locations throughout the summer, so check back for more information.

2010 Young Leaders  

Every year, ASSH looks for talented and dedicated members to join us at our winter Council meeting and participate in a robust leadership program resulting in real recommendations to our leadership.  The Young Leaders work on a single topic of interest to the specialty and develop strategic proposals to solve real problems.  Many young leaders have used this experience to go on to other key positions within the Hand Society like Council members at large or Program Chairs. 

All members under eight years and Candidate Members are eligible to apply.  Applications for the program will be available early next week and are due August 2nd.  Mark your calendar so you don’t miss this opportunity to hone your leadership skills and make a difference in our specialty. 

Elite Collectors – Saavy Way to Save

Thank you to ASSH member Leslie Dean, MD who recently became one of ASSH’s first Elite Collectors.  The Elite Collectors Program was designed to recognize our best customers and allow them to build their libraries without breaking the bank.  Once you sign-up for the program, you will automatically receive all new ASSH publications at a 25% discount.  From the new ICD-9 to Hand Surgery Update V, our new publications will arrive on your doorstep without lifting a finger.  Just call once to set up your account – it takes less than 5 minutes for you to be on your way to owning your own comprehensive and affordable upper-limb library. 

For questions or to sign-up, contact Tara Havenga (847.384.1437 or thavenga@assh.org).

SGR Update - From AMA

This afternoon, the Senate passed an amended version of H.R. 3962, now called the “Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010,” by unanimous consent.  This legislation provides a 2.2 percent Medicare physician payment update for six months, from June 1 through November 30, 2010, in lieu of the scheduled 21 percent cut. 
Unfortunately, the House of Representatives is not scheduled to hold any floor votes until next Tuesday evening.  As a result, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is instructing its carriers today to lift the hold on processing claims for services provided on or after June 1, and to begin processing them under the law’s negative update requirement.  In other words, claims will start to be paid today at the 21 percent lower rate, on a first in/ first out flow basis.
Once H.R. 3962 is passed by the House and signed by the President, CMS will retroactively adjust any June claims that have been paid.

2010 National Health Insurer Report Card - From AMA

On June 14, the AMA revealed the results of its third annual National Health Insurer Report Card (NHIRC).  As part of the AMA’s “Heal the Claims Process”™ campaign, which seeks to eliminate waste from the claims process and free up time and resources to devote to patient care, the NHIRC highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the claims processing systems used by eight of the nation’s largest insurers.

Of commercial insurers reviewed, the company with the greatest accuracy was Coventry Health Care Inc., with an accuracy rating of 88.41 percent.  Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield had the lowest accuracy rating, at 73.98 percent. 

AMA states that the finding emphasizes an area of "huge potential" for reducing administrative costs, as the report suggests that an industry-wide improvement in accuracy of one percent could save $777.6 million in unnecessary administrative cost, and an improvement to 100 percent accuracy would save up to $15.5 billion each year.  Read more about this on the AMA website.