Weekly Member Update - September 17th, 2010

Weekly Member Update - September 17th, 2010

September 17, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President

One Question

Did You Know? - Last Day to Pre-Register for the Annual Meeting

What You Need to Know: New Federal Offices Oversee Reform Implementation

Some Physician Information Not Very Meaningful as Quality Predictors

Thank you AFSH Donors!

AMA Foundation Seeks Heros in Medicine

Update Your Calendar with 2010/2011 Dates


A Message from the ASSH President

The success of the Hand Society mission, as a membership-based organization, requires that we act in the best interest of our members, and to do that, we must listen carefully to you.  The Hand Society uses various tools to gauge the importance of various issues in the lives of our members, and this year we’re making it a priority at our Members Business Meeting.  The Members Business Meeting has been a sparsely attended affair right before the Opening Ceremonies at the Annual Meeting, filled with stats from the past year and announcements of nominations.

There will still be some of those items at this year’s meeting, but more importantly, we’ve devoted a majority of the agenda to topics that you, as members, indicated were the most important to you.  We sent an announcement and an open-ended survey asking what you would like to talk about during the Members Business Meeting.  We categorized the responses and sent another survey to narrow the three most important issues: ER hand call, practice management issues and ASSH leadership issues.  There will be Q&A, time permitting.

Attend this year’s meeting to be part of our new round-table meeting and join the discussion. 

See you in Boston,
Robert M. Szabo, MD, MPH


One Question

This year's Members Business Meeting will be different than ever before because it is focused on issues that you, as members, want to discuss.  Will you be attending?  Answer this week's One Question


Did You Know?

...that today is the last day to pre-register for the Annual Meeting.  So, email, fax or register online, but hurry because after today onsite registration fees will apply.  We hope to see you in Boston for the latest and greatest in hand surgery.  Don't miss out this year!


What You Need to Know: New Federal Offices Oversee Reform Implementation

Entities within the Obama administration responsible for employing two fundamental aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—private health insurance reform and innovative delivery and payment reforms in Medicare and Medicaid—are working at a rapid pace on implementation activities and drafting regulations.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created several new offices and significantly increased its staff in order to execute provisions enacted in the ACA.  Information about relevant HHS regulations and health system reform implementation efforts can be found on HHS's new HealthCare.gov website.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has also undergone realignment to more readily advance the Medicare and Medicaid delivery reforms being piloted and tested as required by the ACA.

Visit the AMA website for more resources on health care reform.


Some Physician Information Not Very Meaningful as Quality Predictors

Factors such as educational background, years of experience, and medical liability claims tend to be poor predictors of individual physician performance, according to a study published in the September 13 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.  The researchers calculated overall performance scores based on 124 quality measures for 10,408 Massachusetts physicians covering 1.13 million adult patient claims.  They found that three physician characteristics were independently associated with significantly higher overall performance: female sex (1.6 percentage points higher than male sex; pppp=0.26).

Read more from AAOS.


Thank you AFSH Donors!

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

Brian J. Bear, MD
Randy M. Bussey, MD
Arnold V. DiBella, MD
Randolph J. Ferlic, MD
Daniel John Fletcher, MD
Robert I. Forster, MD
Michael B. Grillot, MD
Steven C. Haase, MD
Andre M. Ishak, MD
Michael Jablon, MD
L. Andrew Koman, MD
Scott H. Kozin, MD
Thomas A. Otter, MD
Glenn B. Rankin, MD
E. Bruce Toby, MD
Colby P. Young, MD

Learn more about AFSH and their mission.


AMA Foundation Seeks Heroes in Medicine

Recognizing the extraordinary efforts of leaders in the medical community, the AMA Foundation is requesting nominations for the Excellence in Medicine Awards, presented in association with Pfizer Inc.  The program honors a select group of physicians and medical students who represent the highest standards of volunteerism, public service and leadership and who go beyond the call of duty to improve the health of the nation.  All awards will be presented at the Excellence in Medicine Awards dinner, March 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.  Visit the AMA Foundation website to learn more.  Applications are due November 17, 2010 


Update Your Calendar with 2010/2011 Dates

The upcoming year is filled with great programs, awards and courses from ASSH.  Be sure to take a moment and update your calendar by visiting our Calendar of Events.