February 18, 2011
Did You Know?
Did you know… that the ASSH Executive Committee and many of our members are currently attending the AAOS Annual Meeting and Specialty Day program in San Diego, CA? This year’s Specialty Day course is “Tough Questions in Hand Surgery: Challenging Convention and Solutions from the Masters” and is co-chaired by Doug Hanel, MD (ASSH) and Mark Baratz, MD (AAHS). Read more about Specialty Day
2011-2012 Volunteer Committee Application Now Available
Each year, the Hand Society calls for applications for members to join one of our many committees. It is those volunteers, giving of their talents and precious time, who truly are the driving force that keeps the Hand Society running. Additionally, volunteers are able to offer a significant contribution to our mission as they work toward the Hand Society’s strategic goals. ASSH President-elect and Chair of the Committee Advisory Group, W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, welcomes you to join a volunteer committee in 2011-2012 and complete the application today
Learn more about the wide breadth of volunteer opportunities at the ASSH website
. Here you will find more information about the volunteer committees and their charges. Please review the charges carefully as members are expected to commit to the charges as listed. Appointment will begin at the 66th ASSH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The deadline for submission is March 7, 2011
. Questions? Contact Alexzandra Wallace at 847.384.8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for case submissions is extended to Thursday, February 24. Post your case in the ASSH Image Library and it may be selected for discussion during the consultation webinar. The consultants will review each submitted case and select three to present and discuss for maximum benefit of all the participants during the webinar. Submit your case for consultation in 2 easy steps:
- Submit case images to the ASSH Image Library and tag them with “OCC-030111” in the Case Comments field.
- Send the case description, Image Library case title and your treatment questions to Jessica at email@example.com.
Don’t miss this opportunity to consult with colleagues on one of your difficult cases. Registration is still open for this webinar. Join expert consultants and your colleagues on Tuesday, March 1 to discuss real cases and recommended treatment options.
Last Call for Abstract Proposal Submissions to the 2011 Annual Meeting
The AMA Practice Management Center welcomes you to the Federation Workshop titled Enforce Physicians' Rights under the Blue Cross Blue Shield Settlement. One way organized medicine has addressed unfair payer practices has been through settlements with major commercial health insurers. A key settlement still in effect is the Blue Cross Blue Shield settlement. In this Federation Workshop compliance dispute facilitator, Deb Winegard, will explain how she has helped numerous physicians claim more than $23 million, and she will detail the simple steps for filing a compliance dispute. Learn how you can benefit from the physician protections this settlement offers by attending the free webinar
on Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act. Various provisions of the new law were effective April 1, 2010, or earlier and, therefore, were implemented some time after their effective date. In addition, corrections to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) were implemented at the same time as the Affordable Care Act revisions to the MPFS, with an effective date retroactive to January 1, 2010.
In the majority of cases, you will not have to request adjustments because your Medicare claims administration contractor will automatically reprocess your claims. Please do not resubmit claims because they will be denied as duplicate claims and slow the retroactive adjustment process. However, any claim that contains services with submitted charges lower than the revised 2010 fee schedule amount (MPFS and ambulance fee schedule) cannot be automatically reprocessed at the higher rates. In such cases, you will need to request a manual reopening/adjustment from your Medicare contractor. While there is normally a one-year time limit for physicians and other providers and suppliers to request the reopening of claims.
CMS is extending the time period to request adjustment of these claims, as necessary. Please contact your Medicare claims administration contractor with any questions about this information. Read the complete policy.
Proposed 2012 Federal Budget Would Halt SGR Cuts for Two Years – from the AAOS
Kaiser Health News
reports that the 2012 federal budget proposal released by the Obama Administration allocates $54 billion to stave off cuts to Medicare reimbursement under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The president of the American Medical Association, Cecil B. Wilson, MD, offered support for the proposal, saying it would help stabilize the Medicare system while a permanent solution is sought. To help offset the spending, however, the budget includes $18.4 billion in cuts to Medicaid—a solution that worries some states, which have struggled with reductions in Medicaid spending. Read More.