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 Weekly Member Update - January 6, 2012

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New Year, New Look!

Volunteer's Note

Register Today for Electives in Hand Surgery in New Orleans

ASSH Tip Sheet Can Help With Board Recertification

In Case You Missed It: Presidential Update

One Question

One Question Results

Listserv Hot Topic: DRUJ Case Discussion

AMA Membership Update

Call for Weiland Medal Applications

Thank You to AFSH Donors

New AMA Study Shows Cost Burden of US Medical Liability System

Distance Medicine Will Transform Medical Practice





New Year, New Look!

When W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, became ASSH President in September, one of his many goals was to enrich Weekly Member Update as a tool for member development.

In addition to the new banner that greets readers, Dr. Lee and the Central Office staff have added some informative, useful and engaging features for you:

Volunteer's Note – These articles, usually written by ASSH committee chairs, are meant to keep you informed about committee work and hopefully will encourage members to get involved with a committee that suits them.

Listserv Hot Topic – In an effort to highlight the Hand Society’s long-standing, robust listserv, we've been sharing one topic per week that has inspired the most discussion.  Whether it’s a member looking for help with a difficult question or something that’s just plain fun, this feature reflects what our members are talking about.

Now Showing – The Hand Society has great video content to offer, so we’re keeping you apprised of what’s available by regularly linking to surgical videos, patient education videos, and more.

Keep reading each Friday as Weekly Member Update continues to evolve.  If you have an idea for a new feature, please contact Publications and Communications Coordinator Alex Mitchell at amitchell@assh.org.




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Volunteer's Note

President Obama has signed into law a bill freezing Medicare reimbursement for two months and delaying a 27.4 percent reduction called for under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

The bill passed with strong bipartisan support in the US Senate, but it had met opposition in the House of Representatives, where some members had sought action on a minimum one-year reprieve.

The bill is considered a stop-gap measure that delays the cuts until March 1, 2012 – cuts that will lead to a significant decrease in physician reimbursement.  If the stop-gap measure is not renewed as of March 1, 2012, the Conversion Factor will drop to 24.6712, which is more than 20% lower than the 1992 Conversion Factor!

Because of the implications, I wanted to bring attention to this latest development.

Sincerely,

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Daniel J. Nagle, MD
Immediate Past ASSH President





Register Today for Electives in Hand Surgery in New Orleans

Join chair Warren C. Hammert, MD, and co-chairs Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C), and Kristin A. Valdes, OTD, OTR, CHT, at the 2012 Electives in Hand Surgery course on February 24-25 in New Orleans.

Learn from the leading experts in hand surgery on treatment and management of common upper extremity conditions.

New Product Demonstration Workshops (PDWs) have been announced for lunchtime on Friday, February 24:

  • Distal Radius Fractures
    Faculty: Ryan P. Calfee, MD
    Medartis, Inc.
  • Topic TBD
    Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Register by January 27 to secure your spot.




ASSH Tip Sheet Can Help With Board Recertification

Bewildered at the thought of ABOS board recertification? What's the difference between CAQ and MOC?

Recertification and effective preparation continue to change across the subspecialties, so committee member Amy L. Ladd, MD of the Products and Publications Advisory Committee (PPAC) led the creation of our new three-page tip sheet for the orthopaedic recertification process.  The tip sheet has timelines, resources, and study suggestions in an easy-access PDF.  Check out the tip sheet and other helpful info on the ASSH MOC webpage.
 
Keep an eye out for tip sheets for the plastic and general board exams in the future. 





In Case You Missed It: Presidential Update

On New Year's Eve, you received a Presidential Update from W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, that touched on some of the highlights of the recent Council meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.

To read Dr. Lee's thoughts on the Hand Society's first clinical mobile app, the planned Robert A. Chase, MD, Library in the new ASSH Central Office, and more, visit the ASSH website.






One Question

We'd like to know which, if any, mobile web devices you own and how often you use them to browse the Internet.  Take survey.




One Question Results

Last week we asked whether you use your mobile phone to browse the Internet, and if so, how often.  View results.




Listserv Hot Topic: DRUJ Case Discussion

One member sought counsel on the Listserv this week about a DRUJ case, and many of his colleagues have responded.

If you have already signed up for the Physician Listserv, you can view or contribute to the DRUJ discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread titled "Another DRUJ issue."  If you don't know or remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.

To sign up for the Listserv, visit the ASSH website.




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'd like to recognize those who have answered the call to either join or rejoin.

Thank you to all of the ASSH members who notified us this week (via email or the Listserv) that they've joined or rejoined the AMA:

Oriente A. DiTano, MD
Bryce T. Gillespie, MD
James W. Strickland, MD
Have you recently joined or rejoined the AMA?  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 in early 2012.

Have your voice heard: Join the AMA.



 
Call for Weiland Medal Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Andrew J. Weiland Medal for Outstanding Research in Hand Surgery.  The medal is awarded annually to a mid-career researcher dedicated to advancing patient care in the field of hand surgery.

The award is a $20,000 unrestricted gift and will honor a hand surgeon-scientist who has contributed a body of research that advances the field.  The medal recognizes and supports outstanding research in order to continue Weiland's vision for the field of hand surgery.  It will be awarded to a mid-career surgeon who is less than 55 years old or a surgeon who is fewer than 15 years from hand fellowship training.  The medal will be presented at the 2012 ASSH Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The deadline for submitting an application is April 2.  To learn more about the award, visit the Weiland Medal page on the ASSH website.





Thank You to AFSH Donors
Susan K. Adler, MD
Mark C. Anderson, FASAE, CAE
Michael J. Casey, MD
Louis P. Clark, Jr., MD
Ramsey A. Ellis, MD
Robert H. Falender, MD
Paul R. Fassler, MD
Eckhard Fischer, MD
Michael J. Forseth, MD
Richard H. Gelberman, MD
W. Lea Gorsuch, MD
Charles D. Jennings, MD
Curtis C. Johnson, MD
Neil F. Jones, MD
Frank R. Joseph, MD
R. Kumar Kadiyala, MD, PhD
Saul J. Kaplan, MD
Abram E. Kirschenbaum, MD
Richard T. Martin, MD
Howard M. Matsuba, MD
Timothy R. McAdams, MD
Jose J. Monsivais
Theodore T. Peters, MD
Richard W. Pope, MD
E. Denise Quinlan, MD
Anthony D. Schilling, MD
Cary Tanner, MD
A. Marc Tetro, MD
Brian A. Torre, MD
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.
 
 
Medical liability insurance premiums in many states remain higher than they were during the height of the last medical liability crisis, according to a new report (available to AMA members only) from the AMA.

The AMA released the report last month as part of its Policy Research Perspective series.  Analyzing medical liability insurance premiums from 2004 to 2011 gathered from the Annual Rate Survey Issues of the Medical Liability Monitor, the report found that physicians continue to face the high costs of insuring themselves against medical liability claims.  Read more.




Distance Medicine Will Transform Medical Practice - from KevinMD.com

Distance medicine technologies can be disruptive in the way physicians and other care givers interact with patients and with each other and can fundamentally change how patients are able to interact with the entire health care system.

This is of increasing relevance as medicine gravitates toward chronic illnesses where diagnosis and treatment are complex and require multi-specialist teams. It also has potential to alleviate some of the effects of the growing shortage of professionals.  Read more.