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 Weekly Member Update, November 12, 2010

November 12, 2010

Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline - November 15th

Renew Your Membership Online - Avoid Paper Reminders

2011 Self-Assessment Examination - Registration Open

Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award - Deadline December 1st

Thank You AFSH Donors

Have You Received an Invoice from Elsevier?

White Coat Wednesday Nov. 17th - From AMA

White House Supports Delay in Medicare Cuts - From AAOS

Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline - November 15th

Last chance to submit your Instructional Course, Symposium or Precourse abstracts for the 66th ASSH Annual Meeting!  Deadline is this Monday, November 15 – view the call for abstracts and submit your proposal today!

Paper presentation, E-poster and Residents and Fellows Conference call for abstracts are now open.  Read more about submitting your proposal here. For questions, comments or concerns contact Diana Shkap at

Read the Call for Abstracts
Submit abstract here

Renew Online and Avoid Paper Reminders

The fastest and easiset way to pay your 2011 ASSH Membership dues is to login to and use the PAY MY DUES link to complete your membership renewal before the paper reminder even makes it to your mailbox.

Prefer not to pay online?  You can also go online to print a paper copy of the invoice by using the PRINT option.  2011 ASSH Membership Dues Invoices will be mailing out the week of November 15th – Go green, and pay online now

2011 Self-Assessment Examination

Registration for the 2011 Self-Assessment Examination is now open.  Learn about the newly-required minimum passing score and other exam details.  Or register now.

Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award - Deadline December 1st

Applications are now being accepted for the Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award.  This award is intended to recognize a young orthopaedic or plastic hand surgeon who has demonstrated success as both a clinician and a researcher to have sufficient protected time to develop a long and productive career in academic surgery.  Visit the ASSH website for more information.

Thank You AFSH Donors

The AFSH would like to thank the following donors for their contributions:
Matthew A. Bernstein, MD
Michael J. Forseth, MD
Kagan Ozer, MD
Stephen D. Rose, MD
Jeffrey J. Tiedeman, MD

Learn more about the AFSH.

Have You Received an Invoice from Elsevier?

Have you received an offer/invoice from the Journal of Hand Surgery publisher, Elsevier?  Before you subscribe or pay any invoice from Elsevier, ask yourself these questions: 

1. “Do I pay ASSH membership dues each year?” 
2. “Am I an ASSH Candidate member or ASSH Candidate Resident/Fellow member?” 

If you answered yes to either question, you should be receiving* the Journal of Hand Surgery as part of your ASSH membership benefits and should not be billed by Elsevier. 

Not sure of your ASSH membership status?  Take a look at the details.   If you have any questions, contact the Membership team at

*Be sure to renew your ASSH membership for 2011 for continuation of all your membership benefits.

White Coat Wednesday November 17th - From AMA

During this week’s Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, a Physicians’ Grassroots Advocacy Checklist was distributed that highlights steps physicians can take to support Federation advocacy efforts on the pending Medicare physician payment cuts.

Of particular note, the checklist identifies November 17 as “White Coat Wednesday,” and urges physicians across the country to call their senators and urge them to act before the next scheduled cuts occur on December 1. The AMA’s grassroots hotline is available for all physicians to use at (800) 833-6354. In addition, the AMA has a new flier that physicians can distribute or display in their waiting rooms to educate Medicare and TRICARE patients about the problem and urge them to contact their legislators using our patients’ advocacy hotline at (888) 434-6200.

All these materials can be found on the AMA web site, by visiting, and selecting the link for AMA Physician Payment Action Kit.

White House supports delay in Medicare cuts - From AAOS

CQ HealthBeat reports that the White House has expressed support for legislation that would postpone physician pay cuts under Medicare for an additional 13 months. Under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, physicians are currently scheduled to see a 23 percent reduction in Medicare payments starting Dec. 1, with an additional 1 percent cut taking effect on Jan. 1, 2011. The American Medical Association has been urging the U.S. Congress to hold off on the cuts and to increase payments by 1 percent. Read more...