Weekly Member Update - July 30th, 2010

ASSH Weekly Member Update

July 30, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President

One Question

Did You Know?

Online Career Center – Update

Resident and Fellow Fast-Track Seed Grants

AMA and MGMA Offer Toolkit to Assist in Practice Management System Software Selection - From AMA

AMA on “Meaningful Use” Requirements: EHR Adoption Still Challenging for Physicians


A Message from the ASSH President

Since its inaugural class in the winter of 2004, the seedling Young Leaders Program has developed into a comprehensive learning experience that has continually prepared early career hand surgeons for leadership roles here at the Hand Society.  Participants learn skills and techniques to become the leaders of the future: how to foster and assess ideas and refine methods for advancing initiatives; how to achieve consensus and foster a sense of community; and how to work effectively with a professional association staff.  Many young leaders have used this experience to move on to other key positions within the Hand Society like Council members-at-large or Program Chairs.

More importantly, this program opens a dialogue with fellow participants and Council.  We are always eager to hear the opinions of bright young surgeons.  Every year they have injected more vigorous conversations and new ideas to our meeting, and this year will be no different.  I’m certainly looking forward to what they bring to the table.   

To be considered for participation, a nominee must be an ASSH Candidate Member or Active Member who has been in practice for fewer than 8 years. The Young Leaders Application is now available and will close on Monday, August 16, 2010.   I hope to see a lot of impressive applications from our talented young members. 

Bob Szabo


One Question

This week we would like to learn about your favorite Smartphone app and why it is valuable to you.  Please take a moment to answer this week's One Question.   


Did You Know?

Did you know… the success of the Member to Member campaign to support the Annual Fund and the incredible success of the Future In Hand Campaign are the result of hard work by volunteers such as these 27 ASSH members from the 2009 campaign? 

The exponential growth of the Founders Circle, Order of Complus Manus and contributions through the Future in Hand capital campaign owes credit to support from volunteers and peer-to-peer encouragement.  This is why the Foundation looks to volunteers support for our Annual Campaign.  AFSH Member to Member volunteers don’t simply make cold phone calls or send blind emails.  You will have the support of Trustees, past and current volunteers, and AFSH staff. 

Who will join us in 2010 to partner with the Foundation as an outreach volunteer?  If you are ready to make a different kind of commitment to supporting the Foundation, contact Frederick Fakharzadeh, MD, John Bednar, MD or J. Mark Evans, MD to learn more about the campaign goals, volunteering and joining the team.

More information about the Foundation is available at www.afsh.org.


Online Career Center – Update

If you are one of the many ASSH members using the ASSH Online Career Center to boost your job search, sell your practice or find a new employee – please make a note.  The Career Center will be offline for scheduled updates  beginning Saturday, July 31 at 11:00 PM EDT through Sunday, August 1 at 5:00 AM EDT. 


Resident and Fellow Fast-Track Seed Grants

Hand surgery fellows or surgical residents in ACGME-accredited programs are invited to apply for the Resident and Fellow Fast-Track Seed Grants. Funding will be limited to one applicant per institution. Up to $4,000 will be awarded per project. The AFSH recognizes that hand surgery residents and fellows would benefit from a research funding mechanism that offers a small amount of funding to seed innovative projects related to hand surgery. The scope of the project is smaller, and the time to funding is faster than the traditional AFSH basic science and clinical research grants.

Proposals will be accepted for review beginning September 1.  Funding decisions will be made within one month of submission.  This is a rolling submission process whereby projects are reviewed until the pool of funds is exhausted.  More information on the application process can be found on the ASSH website.


AMA and MGMA Offer Toolkit to Assist in Practice Management System Software Selection - From AMA

The upcoming transition to the government’s modified electronic transaction standards, coupled with the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, will require physician practices to upgrade or replace their current practice management software. To help you select and purchase the most appropriate software for your practice, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) collaborated to develop a new online toolkit. Free to members of the AMA and the MGMA, the new “Selecting a Practice Management System” toolkit provides a roadmap to make this process easier for your practice. You can use this information to establish your practice needs and take advantage of recent improvements in automation. The toolkit resources include:

  • A five-step guide to practice management system software selection.
  • A comprehensive checklist that helps you determine which practice management system software features and functionalities are essential to your practice and which will enhance your revenue cycle management. 
  • A sample “request for proposal” that you can employ in your communications with practice management system software vendors.


AMA on “Meaningful Use” Requirements: EHR Adoption Still Challenging for Physicians

After carefully reviewing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final rule on “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHRs), the AMA said that while improvements have been made to the rule, barriers to adoption and implementation remain.

“The final requirements for the meaningful use of EHRs are an improvement over previous drafts, but challenges still remain that will make it difficult for physicians to meet the requirements—especially physicians in solo and small practices,” said Steven J. Stack, MD, a member of the AMA Board of Trustees.

View the AMA news release about the requirements.

The AMA will host a free webinar in August to help physicians better understand the requirements and how to incorporate them into their practice. Stay tuned for more details about the webinar.