Print Friendly Print Email this page Email | 

 Weekly Member Update - May 25, 2012

Volunteer's Note

Naming Rights at New ASSH Home Offer Chance to Honor Mentor/Organization

Upcoming Webinar: Current Coding Challenges in Hand Surgery

Attend the US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program

Listserv Hot Topic: Distal Humerus Fracture

AMA Membership Update

Good Referrals

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Act Now to Avoid 2013 ePrescribing Penalty

Study: Mental Fatigue May Increase Residents' Risk of Medical Error 

The Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Committee is charged with choosing the next Bunnell fellow.  The purpose of the Bunnell Fellowship is to sponsor a young hand surgeon in a year of educational travel and to allow him/her to develop new national and international relationships that will foster the principles of scholarship upheld by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

The Bunnell Committee encourages applicants to develop a fellowship theme for their year of travel and study that focuses on a specific area of interest, scientific questioning, or educational endeavor.  Each applicant's travels should be designed to engage individuals in national and international centers of excellence who can best help the applicant fulfill his/her fellowship theme.  The 2012 Bunnell fellow will present a detailed account of his/her experiences and findings during the ASSH Annual Meeting in 2013.

The selection committee contains former Bunnell fellows.  The selection process for the new fellow is based on the applicant's scholarship, ASSH contributions, and the strength of his/her project.
At present, the committee is accepting applications for the 2012 Fellowship.  The deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.  The committee will choose the fellow in August, and the new Bunnell fellow will be notified shortly before the Annual Meeting in September.  Funding for the Fellowship is provided by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.

Steven L. Moran, MD
Chair, Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Committee

Naming Rights at New ASSH Home Offer Chance to Honor Mentor/Organization


As you all know, the ASSH Central Office is moving to a new home in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood.  The decision to make the move was both strategic and financial, allowing us to rebalance our portfolio and diversify our assets while saving money on an annual basis.   It also gives us a permanent home in a central location. 

We purchased a well-built structure in a great neighborhood at an opportunistic price.  Through our partnership with the AFSH, we have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of offering permanent building-related naming rights that will honor mentors in the field of hand surgery and provide tax-deductible donations to support the AFSH.  As the field expands and evolves, this is a great way to leave a lasting impression on ASSH history for an individual or organization that made a difference.

Several sections of the new building are available for naming, so gather together your network and pool your pledges to pay permanent homage to your honoree at the ASSH's new home.  Naming rights will be given on a first come, first serve basis for collected gifts.  All pledges must be collected for you to receive the naming right.  Here are some opportunities and suggested donations:

First-Floor Foyer: A two-story entry space to the library and board room that will add to the look, feel and image of the Hand Society (artist's rendering above).  It will also serve as a location for social gatherings and receptions and will make a beautiful first impression on visitors.  Suggested minimum donation: $250,000

Innovation Center: A large room that will serve as a meeting place to spur innovation in Hand Society initiatives.  Designed after Google/IDEO creative spaces, this room will be a stimulating feature of the Central Office.  Suggested minimum donation: $150,000

Rooftop Deck: No building in Chicago is complete without an outdoor rooftop space, and our deck, which has a great skyline view, is in need of repair.  The deck will be used regularly by staff, and will also serve as a great location for meetings, receptions and cocktail parties.  Suggested minimum donation: $100,000

Glass Conference Room, Second Floor: Our sleek second floor conference room is designed to bring light and openness to a much-needed staff meeting space that will accommodate up to 10 people.  Suggested minimum donation: $50,000

For more information, please contact Peter Weiss, MD.

Upcoming Webinar: Current Coding Challenges in Hand Surgery

Get top-notch practice management coaching from the comfort of your home or office on Monday, June 18, at 8 p.m. EST/5 p.m. PT.

Whether the procedure is done endoscopically or open - or requires accurate use of unlisted code - there is no doubt that hand surgery cases are challenging.  In this 60-minute session, surgeons will gain insight into how to improve their documentation.  In addition, staff will find specific coding advice that will result in improved appeal techniques.

Webinar speaker Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC, of KarenZupko & Associates, has conducted the Coding & Reimbursement course at the ASSH Annual Meeting for over 10 years.  She is a popular instructor for AAOS, AAO and ACS and has a strong clinical background as a Registered Nurse and Certified Coder.

  • Accurately report open, endoscopic or unlisted CPT codes
  • Determine proper use of modifiers and differentiate usage depending on the payor
  • Understand how to incorporate ASSH or AAOS Global Services Guide into their practice
Topics on the agenda include:
  • Hypothenar flaps
  • E & M services with fracture care
  • Injection coding
  • Suspension interposition arthroplasty
  • Hardware removal
  • Modifiers 51, 59 and finger modifiers
Question-and-answer time is built in. The $75 registration fee includes access to the live webinar as well as a recording of the session.  The recording will be made available to registrants for on-demand viewing three days after the webinar airs.  Register now.

Attend the US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program

The AFSH will sponsor two ASSH members to attend the 2012 US Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program.
This program is designed to provide early-career clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field and to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.
This workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows, or post-doctoral researchers who wish to secure funding for hypothesis-driven research.  It is also open to senior fellows who are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed.
The deadline to apply is July 15, 2012. Visit the ASSH website for more information.

Listserv Hot Topic: Distal Humerus Fracture

This week, a member sought advice from fellow listservers on a patient with a distal humerus fracture, and many members responded with advice and opinions.

Do you have useful advice to share on this topic?  Perhaps you could gain something from the thread that you could apply to your practice.

If you have already signed up for the ASSH Physician Listserv, you can view or contribute to the discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread titled "Distal Humerus Fracture."  If you don't know or remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.
To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page.

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 remain 21 members shy of the 25% mark, following a week in which the ASSH Central Office received no notifications of Hand Society members who've recently joined or rejoined the AMA.
Having a seat in the AMA House of Delegates allows the ASSH to have a voice in decisions that directly affect you and your patients.
Have you joined or rejoined the AMA since January 1, 2012?  Please let us know by contacting so we can track the progress of your AMA membership.  The ASSH will reconcile our membership list with the AMA to get credit for our members.
Have your voice heard: Join the AMA.

Good Referrals

Have you read or seen something on the Web that you think your fellow members would be interested in or could benefit from?

Send links to articles, studies, photos, blogs – anything you'd like to share with membership – to, and we'll make sure the best get shared in this space.

Thank You to AFSH Donors
Charles Cassidy, MD
Franklin Chen, MD
Michael B. Clendenin, MD
Alan N. Ertel, MD
Kyeong-Jin Han, MD
Ghalib A. Husseini, MD
Laurie Depfer Koch, MD
Charles F. Leinberry, MD
Julie A. Melchior, MD
Nina M. Njus, MD
Charles R. Pribyl, MD
Mitchell B. Rotman, MD
Vincent Ruggiero, MD
Todd C. Smith, MD
Christopher J. Walsh, MD
Each year, the AFSH provides scholarships through the generosity of our colleagues and corporate partners for Residents and Fellows to attend the Annual Meeting.  The AFSH is grateful to our current scholarship supporters Stryker and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals.  If you or your organization would like to help support the next generation of upper extremity surgeons, contact Jessica Daniels (; 847-384-8300) by Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Did you know you can now support the Foundation (AFSH) through automated monthly payments?  Visit to complete an auto-pay form, or contact

Act Now to Avoid 2013 ePrescribing Penalty - from AMA
As the June 30 deadline for fulfilling the Medicare ePrescribing program requirements draws near, a new study reports that 58 percent of office-based prescribers were ePrescribing in 2011, up from 36 percent the year before.
The annual progress report on ePrescribing issued by Surescripts also found that physician adoption of the technology has rapidly increased over the last several years.  Read more.

Study: Mental Fatigue May Increase Residents' Risk of Medical Error - from AAOS

Data from a study published online in the journal Archives of Surgery suggest that fatigue among residents may be prevalent and pervasive, leading to increased likelihood of medical error.

The research team conducted a prospective, cohort study of 27 orthopaedic surgery residents working at two academic tertiary care centers. Using a questionnaire to analyze mental fatigue, they identified participants as fatigued (defined as less than 80 percent mental effectiveness, correlating with increased risk of error) 48 percent of the time and impaired (defined as less than 70 percent mental effectiveness, or similar to a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent) 27 percent of the time.

Overall, residents' fatigue levels were predicted to increase the risk of medical error by 22 percent compared with well-rested historic control subjects.  Night-float residents were found to be further impaired, with an increased risk of medical error.  Read more.