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 Weekly Member Update - December 9, 2011

Volunteer's Note

Listserv Hot Topic: The Disparate Legacies of Two Hand Surgery Forefathers

AMA Membership Update

Submit Your Proposal for $100,000 Clinical Research Grant

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Troubleshooting the Most Common Problems with HIPAA Version 5010 

Get Paid Faster; Spend Less Time Making That Happen

Legislators: No Permanent SGR Fix This Year

HHS Plans to Delay Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements Until 2014

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Volunteer's Note

In 2009, ASSH formed the Social Media Task Force to help members understand how to use social media outlets in their practice.  With over 65% of US Internet users participating in social media, an increasing number of our patients are using these sources to obtain healthcare information.

At the 2010 Annual Meeting, we gave individual and small group tutorials in the bookstore area on how to develop and use Facebook, Twitter, and other social media outlets.  In 2011, this was expanded to an Instructional Course Lecture, which had over 100 attendees.

In order to better serve the needs of members and plan for future educational activities, we would like to hear from members about their current use of social media.  Please take a few minutes to complete our social media survey.

There are many opportunities for members to participate in social media through ASSH.  Members can join the Hand Society's LinkedIn and Facebook groups, receive updates from the Twitter account, and even view content on the Hand Society’s YouTube channel.  Earlier this week, Dr. Ghazi Rayan hosted an Online Consultation Corner – an interactive web-based version of the popular segment at the Annual Meeting – on fingertip injuries.

Patients can also use these interactive, web-based tools to learn about hand surgery and the ASSH.  Information on many hand disorders is available through the ASSH website in the Hand Conditions section.  Patients can also find a hand surgeon in their area using, which links to the ASSH website as well.

Happy and healthy holidays to everyone!

Scott D. Lifchez, MD
Chair, Social Media Task Force

Listserv Hot Topic: The Disparate Legacies of Two Hand Surgery Forefathers

The ASSH Physician Listserv has seen a lot of discussion over the last week about a pair of hand surgery trailblazers Sterling Bunnell and Condict Cutler and why Bunnell's legacy looms so much larger than Cutler's.

If you have already signed up for the Physician Listserv, you can view or contribute to the discussion on Bunnell and Cutler by visiting the archives and navigating to the December 4 thread titled "Historical question."  Don't know or remember your Listserv password?  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.

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

Thomas R. Boyce, MD, PLLC
Gary K. Frykman, MD
J. Stewart Haskin, Jr., MD
Cauley W. Hayes, MD
Alexis J. Roettinger, MD
Have you recently joined or rejoined the AMA?  Please let us know by contacting 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.

Submit Your Proposal for $100,000 Clinical Research Grant

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, the AFSH will award a $100,000 grant for a well-designed, prospective multi-center clinical research study.  With many clinical questions waiting to be asked and answered, AFSH/ASSH will continue to elevate our tradition of high-quality research.

Applications must be submitted by February 1, 2012.  The ASSH Research Committee will review all proposals and select the recipient of this grant, to be announced at the  67th Annual Meeting of the ASSH in September 2012 in Chicago.  Find out how to apply.

New initiatives like this are made possible by the generous support of ASSH members and friends through annual giving, which supports a portion of all funding the Hand Society awards for hand surgery research.  There are many opportunities to donate to the general or designated funds throughout the year and at different donor levels.  Learn more at

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Kimberly L. Z. Accardi, MD
John T. Chance, MD
Vermon S. Esplin, MD
Pamela L. Jones, MD
Eugene C. Kim, MD
Tosca Kinchelow Kulendran, MD
Jerone T. Landstrom, MD
JoAnne Levitan, MD
John C. MacIlwaine, MD
Robert J. Maurer, MD
Vikram P. Mehta, MD, FACS
David J. Tulipan, MD
Christopher J. Walsh, MD
Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD
James H. Whitaker, MD
Bruce I. Wintman, MD
Jennifer M. Wolf, MD
Jozef Zoldos, MD
Did you know you can now support the Foundation (AFSH) through automated monthly payments?  Visit to complete an auto-pay form, or contact

Troubleshooting the Most Common Problems with HIPAA Version 5010 - from AMA
Physician practices, clearinghouses, health insurers and vendors are required to convert to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Version 5010 electronic health care transactions by January 1, 2012.

To help physician practices address issues they may encounter when transitioning to Version 5010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided the presentation HIPAA Version 5010: Twenty First National Provider Call: Troubleshooting.

Topics addressed in this presentation include:
  • Key Version 5010 claim issues for Medicare Part B
  • The top operational concerns with the new version
  • Contact information for Medicare Administrative Contractor jurisdictions
Despite the fact that CMS announced a 90-day enforcement delay, physician practices should still continue preparations for transitioning to Version 5010.  Physician practices can prepare for this new version by making practice management system improvements as necessary, and conducting tests with vendors, clearinghouses and health insurers to ensure that each entity’s system works together correctly.

Physician practices that are not prepared to submit Version 5010 claims on January 1, 2012 might experience disruption in payment.

Get Paid Faster; Spend Less Time Making That Happen - from AMA

Download a free toolkit from the American Medical Association now to help your practice use electronic funds transfer (EFT).

The advantages of adopting electronic processes are significant — the time spent doing so doesn't have to be.  This webinar from the AMA, "Make EFT Work for You," and its related toolkit, will provide the forms you need and take you step-by-step through the process. You’ll soon benefit from:
  • Faster payment
  • Less staff time making manual check deposits or phone calls to payers
  • No risk of lost or stolen checks
  • Money saved — automatic reconciliation of claim payments costs much less than manual processing
  • Automatic identification of overpayments and underpayments
Receiving claim payments electronically reduces overall health care costs — and that helps every practice.  Download your toolkit now and spend more time with your patients than with paperwork.

Legislators: No Permanent SGR Fix This Year - from AAOS

The Hill reports that House Republicans on Tuesday dashed the physician lobby's hopes for a permanent "fix" to the Medicare payment formula.

The American Medical Association had pinned its hopes on the 21-member GOP Doctors Caucus, which the industry group hoped would sell leadership on a permanent "doc fix" paid for with savings from winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Read more

HHS Plans to Delay Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements Until 2014 - from AMA

In an effort to make adoption of health information technology easier, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it plans to delay meaningful use requirements for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Physicians who successfully participate in the program in 2011 will have until 2014 to meet Stage 2 requirements.

Under the program's current requirements, physicians who participate in Stage 1 this year would have to meet the Stage 2 requirements in 2013, a full year before those who begin participating in 2012.  Read more.