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 Weekly Member Update - August 19, 2011

The Annual Meeting is Mobile

2012 ASSH Membership Applications Now Available

Utilize QR Codes at the Annual Meeting

ASSH Featured in Orthopaedics Today

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Proposed Medicare Data Rule Needs Improved Safeguards

The Annual Meeting is Mobile

ASSH has launched our first mobile application to help you navigate the 66th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. Download ASSH's first mobile app, ASSH AM 2011, to find everything you need for the 66th Annual Meeting. 
Need help getting started? Watch our How-To Video. Read the Mobile App FAQ.
ASSH AM 2011 includes a complete program listing with full session descriptions, a do-it-yourself schedule builder, conference center maps, exhibitor descriptions, speaker information, access to all available handouts for symposia and instructional courses (more coming later this month), all available abstracts for clinical papers and posters, and access to the popular e-posters (coming later this month).
Candidate members whose eligibility for the ASSH Candidate Membership category will be expiring at the end of 2012 will need to apply for 2012 ASSH Active Membership in order to keep membership and benefits continuous.
The submission deadline for 2012 Active, International, and Supporting membership applications, and all supporting documentation, is February 6, 2012. Contact Jeanne Bloesch ( at the ASSH Central Office if you need to find out your ASSH Candidate Member eligibility status, or if you have any questions about membership in the ASSH. Download the application to get started.
Do you use your smartphone to scan QR codes?  QR codes allow people to scan an emblem on a document or card and be led directly to a designated website and are used by companies or individuals (like a business card).  Learn more.
Those attending the 66th Annual Meeting may find QR codes on exhibitor information or around Las Vegas. You can download a QR code app for your iPhone or iPad or for your Android device.
The current issue of Orthopaedics Today features a story about the origins of hand surgery in the United States during World War II. It details how the Hand Society was founded and has grown over the years. Read the full story
Donald P. Condit, MD
John S. Gaul, III, MD
Keith A. Glowacki, MD
Michael B. Grillot, MD
James H. House, MD*
Edward B. Lipp, Jr., MD*
George A. Macer, Jr., MD
Matthew M. Malerich, MD
Daniel P. Mass, MD
Cesar Dario Oliveira Miranda, MD
Stephen A. Smith, MD
A. Marc Tetro, MD
Stephen K. Westly, MD, PhD
Michael B. Wood, MD*
* Indicates contributions made in memory of James H. Dobyns, MD
Learn how you can donate in many ways including autopay, by check or with stock.
Ensuring that public reports on Medicare and private payer data are valid, reliable and actionable is critical, the AMA and 81 physician organizations told the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in comments submitted last week on the proposed rule on Medicare data for performance measurement.
The organizations applauded the inclusion of safeguards that protect patients and physicians, but noted several critical issues that must be resolved for physician measurement and public reporting to be effective.
In a comment letter, the organizations called on CMS to ensure physicians have the opportunity to review their data for accuracy and to appeal any errors before their information is made public.
"Just as the release of reliable information can be helpful for patients and physicians, the release of incorrect information could harm patients and the entire Medicare system," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD.
The comment letter provides detailed recommendations to CMS on additional safeguards and ways to standardize the data collection to assist in developing meaningful, actionable reports.
View the letter or read more about this in AMA Wire.