Weekly Member Update - August 13th, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President

One Question

Did You Know?

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Physician Consortium for Perfomance Improvement Announcements - From AMA

How Reform Law Program Integrity Provisions Impact Your Practice - From AMA

Maximize Your Practice Efficiency and Prepare for Upcoming Transitions to ICD-10-CM and 5010 - From AMA


A Message from the ASSH President

In the last ten days, I sadly reported the resignation of Thomas E. Trumble, MD from Council.  At that time I indicated that Council would follow our bylaws regarding vacancies in the presidential line and that the 2009 Nominating Committee, chaired by Steve Glickel, MD was committed to filling the open position of Vice President quickly.

The 2009 Nominating Committee has met, and they nominated Daniel Nagle, MD to be elected Vice President, and a week later, Council unanimously confirmed the nomination.  Dan has been on Council for three years as a member-at-large and three years filling the important role of Practice Director.  His service to the Hand Society has been exemplary. 

Additional news has transpired, further altering the make-up of the presidential line, but rather than try to explain the intricacies of those shifts here, I will direct you to the Presidential Update that was sent earlier today.  I urge you all to read it carefully to understand fully the changes that have taken place in accordance with our bylaws.

Sincerely,
Robert M. Szabo, M.D., M.P.H.


One Question

Last week, we asked you about mobile tablet devices.  View the results of the poll.  This week, we want to know what you think of the Annual Meeting e-guide.  Answer this week's One Question.


Did You Know?

Did you Know... improving your patient communication can improve patient and physician satisfaction, increase adherence to treatments and outcomes, and reduce liability?  These outcomes have all been reported to coincide with better physician/patient communication.  The Institute for Healthcare Communication trained a select group of your peers to be Communication Skills Mentors.  These physicians/surgeons conduct interactive workshops to present a model of complete clinical care and will provide the PreCourse workshop “Communication Skills for Patient-Centered Care” at the ASSH Annual Meeting.

Learn more about the program and register today - seating is limited. 


Thank You to AFSH Donors

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand wishes to thank the following donors for their recent contributions:

For Foundation thanks…
Michael B. Clendenin, MD
Mohab B. Foad, MD
Robert G. Hansen, MD
Chad R. Manke, MD
Michael A. McClinton, MD
Brian A. Murphy, MD
Daniel J. Nagle, MD
Paul F. Nassab, MD
Marco Rizzo, MD

Learn more about the AFSH.


Physician Consortium for Perfomance Improvement Announcements - From AMA

PCPI Member Meeting September 23-24, 2010, Chicago, IL

The next meeting of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI) will be September 23-24, 2010, at the Renaissance Chicago O’Hare.  For information about hotel accommodations and registration, please visit www.physicianconsortium.org.

New PCPI “Quality in Action” Webinar Series

HIV/AIDS Quality Improvement Initiatives – Monday, August 30, 2010, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT

The PCPI is launching a new “Quality in Action” webinar series to provide members with an opportunity to hear from their colleagues who are successfully implementing PCPI and others’ measures as part of a quality improvement initiative. 

During the first webinar of this series on August 30th, Michael Horberg, MD, MAS, FACP, will share Kaiser Permanente’s experience with implementing the HIV/AIDS measures co-developed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, PCPI, Infectious Diseases Society of America, HIV Medicine Association, and Health Resources and Services Administration.  In addition, Lisa I. Backus, MD, PhD will present the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs experience with implementing HIV/AIDS measures across its facilities. 

All members and non-members interested in developing or becoming involved in a quality improvement initiative to improve care for HIV/AIDS patients are encouraged to participate.  Registration information available soon at www.physicianconsortium.org.  Any questions or comments can be directed to Ms. Pamela O’Neil by e-mail at pamela.oneil@ama-assn.org or by phone at 312/464-4903.  More information here.


How Reform Law Program Integrity Provisions Impact Your Practice - From AMA

The AMA is continuing its dialogue with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as it implements many of the new program integrity provisions in the health system reform law. The AMA would like to ensure that HHS' long-term strategies focus on:

• Improving physician education and outreach
• Streamlining the burdensome enrollment process
• Devising targeted strategies to prevent true fraud
• Working to prevent physician and beneficiary identity theft

Read about several initiatives being undertaken by the administration to implement the health system reform law program integrity provisions.


Maximize your practice efficiency and prepare for upcoming transitions to ICD-10-CM and 5010 - From AMA

“Heal that Claim”™ month is coming in November. During this month, physicians and their practice staff can pledge to do their part to heal the claims process by submitting timely and accurate claims the first time and implementing practice efficiencies. An important part of maximizing efficiency in your practice is selecting the right practice management system for your practice. The new “Selecting a Practice Management System” toolkit walks you through the steps of evaluating and selecting a practice management system that will help you maximize your practice’s efficiency.

For many physician practices, purchasing an appropriate practice management system can be a daunting task. And with the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM and the 5010 version of the HIPAA electronic standard transactions, coupled with the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program, physician practices will be required to significantly upgrade or replace their current practice management system software.

That’s why the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Medical Group Management Associations (MGMA) have collaborated to provide this toolkit. Here, you have access to a roadmap that makes it easier for your practice to select and purchase the most appropriate practice management system software for your practice. You can use this information to establish your practice’s organizational needs and take advantage of recent improvements in automation. Visit the AMA website to access this toolkit and a free archived webinar.