Weekly Member Update- February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011
Last week the AAOS, ASPS and AOA, led by the ASSH, presented a coding proposal to the AMA CPT Editorial Panel for the use of collagenase in the treatment of Dupuytren’s disease.  The proposal was accepted.  The next step in the process will be to collect data to support a relative value recommendation to the AMA Relative Value Updated Committee (RUC) in April.  I would ask those of you who receive a RUC survey to please complete the survey.  Without your input we will not be able to defend reasonable relative values for collagenase injection and cord disruption. 

Thank you for your help with this important process.


Last week, the AAOS held their Annual Meeting in sunny San Diego, California followed by the ASSH Specialty Day course titled “Tough Questions in Hand Surgery: Challenging Convention and Solutions from the Masters.”  This week, we want to know how frequently you attend the AAOS Annual Meeting and the program areas  where you find value.  Answer this week’s One Question.
Get top-notch practice management coaching from the comfort of your own home or office at a special introductory price.  This 60 minute webinar, recorded on February 22, is now available on-demand.  For a special introductory price of only $49, you'll have unlimited access for 60 days. If you would like to be more profitable, avoid audits, paybacks and penalties, reduce your risk or cash-in on government incentives, then this webinar is a great investment. 

The deadline for submission is extended to March 11, 2011.

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, invites you to join a volunteer committee in 2011-2012. 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.  Appointment will begin at the 66th ASSH Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

Questions? Contact Alexzandra Wallace at 847.384.8300 or awallace@assh.org.

Don’t Miss the Online Consultation Corner (OCC) Webinar on March 1st
Scaphoid Fractures and Nonunions

Hosted by David Slutsky, MD, Barry Gainor, MD and Matthew Putnam, MD, you are invited to join your colleagues on Tuesday, March 1st to discuss real cases and recommended treatment options.  The Online Consultation Corner (OCC) is intended to make the popular Clinical Consultation Corner from the Annual Meeting into a program that can be accessed remotely.  Participating members will provide challenging cases with specific questions about diagnosis and management.  If you posted your case in the ASSH Image Library it may be selected for discussion during the consultation webinar.  Register for this free webinar today!

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Thanks to the partnership of hundreds of donors each year the American Foundation for Surgery of the hand continues to make a difference in patient care, research, and education.  We especially thank these donors who made a contribution to the Foundation in the past week or through the OREF in December 2010.   To learn more about the Foundation or to make a contribution today, visit www.afsh.org.

David E. Tate, MD
Manjit S. Dhillon, MD

Take the Survey to Help Streamline Claims Process- from the AMA

The AMA needs your feedback on a survey that will help facilitate the development of a standardized format for electronic payer contracted fee schedules.  The AMA is committed to helping physicians take charge of the business side of their practice, and the data collected from the survey will help the AMA in its efforts on this front.  Access the survey at the AMA Website.
The orthopaedic-related Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and guideline changes for 2011 are significant.  Surgeons and coders should pay special attention to the new, revised, and deleted codes and introductory guideline changes, as well as the new “Coding Tips” throughout the 2011 CPT manual.  This article was written by coding and reimbursement specialist, Mary LeGrand, CCS-P, CPC, who consults for Karen Zupko & Associates.  Learn more about the selected orthopaedic code changes for 2011