Weekly Member Update, March 13, 2009

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te
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Did You Know?
• ASSH Launches New Website

One Question
• A one-question survey designed to help us all better understand the contexts in which our members live and work

ASSH News
• Are you Interested in a Mentorship Program?
• Message from AFSH President Anne J. Miller, MD
• ASSH to Explore Textbook Publication
• Congratulations to the Winners of the OREF/AAOS Clinical Research Award
• Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines
• BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open
• ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts
• Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Application Now Available

ASSH Courses and Meetings
• 2009 Self-Assessment Examination
• 2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy Course
• 2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery
• 2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review Course
• 2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery

Medical News
• New AMA Resource to Keep your Practice Competitive
• Obama Administration Agrees with Delay in ICD-10 Implementation

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Did You Know?
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Did you know that…

ASSH launched an upgraded Website March 12, 2009, at www.assh.org.   The new site is a culmination of more than eight months of planning, organizing, and moving content from the old site to the new one.  Charlie Eaton, MD and the Website Committee played a key role in advising staff on the navigation and redefined the organization of our website content. 

Our new website represents a significant enhancement of functionality, features, navigation, along with a more contemporary look and feel. 

As part of the upgrade, your login and password are new.  Be sure to check your inbox for an email that provides the new information.  Please contact Sarah Meyer-Hughes at smeyerhughes@assh.org if you are unable to log onto the site or locate your updated information.

Once logged in at www.assh.org, this will allow you to access all your account information, including recent transactions, CME transcript and profile settings. It will also allow you to purchase products and donate to the Foundation. 

We are sure that there will be tweaks, adjustments, and revisions as we go forward.  We welcome your feedback so as to ensure that the site best meets member needs.  Please email membership@assh.org or use this handy link to submit suggestions.

 
Sincerely,
 
Jennifer Gremmels
Marketing and Communications Director

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One Question
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Please share details about a disappointing education program you attended and why you found it to be disappointing by answering this week’s One Question.

Last week, we asked which programs, not yet in existence, you would most like to take advantage of in the future.   View the results of last week’s One Question. 
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ASSH News
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Are You Interested in a Mentorship Program?

The Young Member’s Steering Committee is improving the ASSH mentorship program.  If you are interested in being a mentor or mentee, please take this brief survey. 
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Message from AFSH President Anne J. Miller, MD

First the good news; I am thrilled to let our membership know that three of our members have recently been awarded major national research grants, thanks in part to seed grants from the AFSH. 

Kevin Chung, MD has received an NIH R34 research grant for designing a multicenter clinical trial on the epidemiology of distal radius fractures in the elderly stemming from the work he did on the same subject with a 2007 AFSH Clinical Research Grant

Ruby Gerwal, MD, 2008 AFSH Clinical Grant Awardee, has received an additional $241,648 in funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research for her work on treatment of distal radius fractures in patients over 65.

Martin Boyer, MD, 2007 Basic Science Grant Awardee, has received an additional $59,881 in funding from Shriners Hospital Foundation for his work on the affect the duration of cold ischaemia following tissue harvest has on the cellular viability of epiphyseal plates.

While the news provides a bleak economic forecast on a daily basis, I am happy to report that the AFSH has done relatively well in 2008.  Our endowment value has decreased less than the market as a whole and our fund raising efforts continue to be excellent, thanks to the generosity of our members. Your pledges and donations of approximately $1.1 million dollars to the Annual and Capital Campaigns have helped to make up for at least some of the market losses of 2008.

From the weekly member update you may be aware that we are continuing with our plans to offer multiple research grants and awards. We are not big enough to fund major research grants, but our seed grants have provided the funding needed for the starter projects such as those that helped Drs. Chung, Gerwal, and Boyer.  When the Future in Hand Campaign started we had hoped that we would see the larger grant awards 4 or 5 years down the road. It is a testament to the hard work and creativity of our membership that the timetable has moved up so significantly.

Anne J. Miller, MD
President, AFSH
_______________________________________________________ ASSH to Explore Textbook Publication
Request for Proposal Available for Interested Authors

The Educations Division is soliciting proposals from authors interested in working with the Hand Society on a hand surgery textbook.  The Society will consider a variety of different publication options outlined in the request for proposal (RFP), which is posted and available for download on the website.

All details, specifications, and partnership options for the information needed are outlined in RFP. 
Once completed, submit the proposal to the central office, attention: Jennifer Gremmels, electronically at jgremmels@assh.org or hard copy by April 24, 2009 for consideration.

_______________________________________________________ Congratulations to the Winners of the OREF/AAOS Clinical Research Award

An upper extremity research topic was selected this year for the OREF/AAOS Clinical Research Award.  The award was titled:  "Injectable Clostridial Collagenase: Striving Toward Nonoperative Treatment Options for Fibroproliferative Disorders".

The work focused on collagenase injection as a treatment option for Dupuytren's Contracture and Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder).   The award presentation was on February 25, 2009 at the ORS/AAOS in Las Vegas.

Congratulations to awardees:

Dr. Lawrence C. Hurst
Professor and Chairman
Chief, Hand Surgery and Microsurgery
Dept. Orthopaedics
SUNY Stony Brook, NY


Dr. Marie A. Badalamente
Professor, Dept. Orthopaedics
SUNY@Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Edward D. Wang
Associate Professor
Dept. Orthopaedics
SUNY Stony Brook, NY

_______________________________________________________ Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines

Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award – applications due December 1, 2009

Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant - applications due April 1, 2009

The Weiland Medal – applications due April 1, 2009
_______________________________________________________ BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open
April 30 - May 1, 2009
 
The provisional programme and registration form for the BSSH/ASSH Combined meeting are now available on the BSSH website: www.bssh.ac.uk.  There is a link to the meeting details on the home page of the BSSH website.   If you have any queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Roberts (helen.roberts@bssh.ac.u.k) at BSSH.
 
View the programme. 
 
Download a registration form.
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2009 Call For Abstracts
September 3-5, 2009 * San Francisco, California
2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the ASSH and ASHT
Bridges: Connecting the Past and the Future

The abstract submission site is now open to submit your proposals for the 2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT).  Interested in learning more?  Visit the Hand Society’s Call For Abstracts online information page for important details then submit your proposal today! 

2009 Online Abstract Submission Forms:
• Instructional Course Lecture – Deadline passed
• Symposia abstracts – Deadline passed
• Paper Presentation – Deadline passed
• Resident & Fellow Paper/Poster – Deadline passed
• Scientific Poster – Deadline passed
• International Scientific Poster abstracts due March 16, 2009
• Video Theater abstracts due by April 6, 2009
Already submitted an abstract but need to make a change?  Visit the Abstract Service Center to edit your submission.  Revisions can be made through the deadline listed above.
Questions about the abstract submission process?  Contact Diana Shkap at dshkap@assh.org.
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Application for the Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Now Available

If you have been an active member of ASSH for eight years or less, you may be eligible to apply for the 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship. The specific criteria for eligibility are detailed in the Bunnell Fellowship application available on our website www.assh.org. Click on the following link: 2009 Bunnell Application.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to apply for this outstanding opportunity.

The Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship is an outstanding educational experience for the recipient. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is June 1, 2009. Final selection of the recipient of this 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship will be made immediately before the 64th Annual Meeting, September 3-5, 2009, in San Francisco, CA and will be announced during the meeting.

Please direct questions to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org). 

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ASSH Courses & Meetings
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2009 Self-Assessment Examination

Registration Deadline: April 3, 2009
Online Registration Now Open!

SAE Educational Objectives
• Detect and differentiate injury mechanisms, pathologies and applied anatomy associated with upper extremity conditions treated by hand surgeons
• Differentiate and apply the range of conservative and surgical treatment options to deal with upper extremity problems that present to a hand surgeon’s practice
• Develop informed evidenced-based guided clinical decision practice options in the treatment of upper extremity disorders
• Evaluate by self assessment basic cognitive, reasoning skills, and clinical aptitudes required of all hand surgeons in practice to complete maintenance of certification

This examination is offered as a convenient self-education exercise by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is geared towards hand and upper extremity health care professionals.   Designed to assist the physician in reviewing basic principles of hand care, the exam also helps to keep the physician abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.  The examination covers diagnostic and therapeutic problems, both surgical and non-operative, basic science knowledge, and fundamental principles of hand surgery. The interpretation of the illustrative material (clinical photographs and radiographs) is an integral part of this examination. The 2009 examination consists of the Question Book (Book 1) containing 150 questions, an answer sheet, evaluation, and the Discussion Book (Book 2) with preferred responses, discussion and literature references.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Registration Deadline – April 3, 2009
Deadline to return answer sheet – Postmarked by June 12, 2009
Discussion book mailed  - July 31, 2009

ACCREDITATION
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

NOTE: Only those who return a completed answer sheet for computer scoring by June 12, 2009 will be eligible for CME.

Learn more about the Self-Assessment Exam by downloading the program brochure or visit the exam webpage to register online!_______________________________________________________ 2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy: Surgeons and Therapists Working Together
Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel
May 15-16, 2009

Registration Deadline: April 20, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Jointly Sponsored by:
American Society of Hand Therapists
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Program Co-Chairs:
Randip R. Bindra, MD
Kathleen E. Brou, OTR, CHT
Marta H. Brinkley, OTR/L, CHT

The ASSH and ASHT are proud to present this two-day course designed for intermediate to advanced hand therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and managers.  This course will include the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of upper quadrant conditions as well as cutting edge practice management techniques.  Attendees will gain exposure to critical knowledge from presentations provided by recognized expert physicians, clinicians and managers all of whom are affiliated with ASSH and ASHT.  The targeted sessions on outpatient therapy practice management will provide crucial business decision making skills a therapist can utilize within his or her own clinic.  Participation in lectures, panel discussions, and case studies will allow attendees to advance their clinical decision making skills.  Visit the online event page for program details. 

OBJECTIVES
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
• Compare and contrast current operative and non-operative treatment for a wide spectrum of upper quadrant orthopedic conditions.
• Develop and execute treatment plans for complex upper quadrant conditions.
• Utilize “the pearls” of treatment for core stabilization and wound care.
• Sharpen clinical management decision making skills utilizing objective data for staffing plans, documentation, and billing.
• Compare and contrast a variety of outcome tools/scores and determine the benefits of routine clinical use.
• Obtain expert clinical medical knowledge on surgical and therapeutic strategies that can be utilized in the clinical setting in practical settings.

AOTA CE UNITS: The ASHT is an approved provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by the AOTA.  The ASHT is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Certification, Inc. for Athletic Trainers.
ASSH CME CREDIT: The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.asht.org to register online. 
_______________________________________________________ 2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Program Chairs:
David C. Ring, MD
Scott P. Steinmann, MD
This course will provide a state of the art update on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery. A renowned faculty of leading elbow surgeons will present lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory. Specific techniques covered in detail will be elbow arthroscopy, elbow instability, all elbow fractures, and arthroplasty. Course attendees will have the opportunity to perform all surgical procedures in the laboratory and are encouraged to bring problem cases for discussion with the faculty.

Course Objectives:
• Become familiar with advanced techniques of elbow surgery
• Learn arthroscopic techniques for the elbow
• Become familiar with all surgical approaches to the elbow for the most common procedures
• Recognize pitfalls of surgical techniques and how to avoid complications
• Understand the biomechanics of the elbow and learn how to perform surgical reconstruction for instability
• Learn state-of-the-art techniques for treatment of fractures of the distal humerus, radial head, coronoid and olecranon
• Become familiar with elbow arthroplasty techniques and how to avoid complications

CME Credit Hours
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.

_____________________________________________________ 2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review
Hyatt Regency Chicago
July 9, 2009

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Co-Sponsored by:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Course Directors:
John J. Grayhack, MD
Michael S. Bednar, MD

This one-day review course, brought to you by the AAOS and ASSH, prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the combined CAQ exam in Hand Surgery. Held just one day prior to the ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties.  Note: the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery does not provide content or material for this program.

OBJECTIVES
• Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental knowledge base required for Maintenance of Certification
• Sharpen clinical decision-making using contemporary clinical, laboratory and diagnostic imaging methods to manage pediatric and adult musculoskeletal disorders
• Compare and contrast current non-operative and operative treatment of a wide spectrum of orthopaedic conditions including shoulder, lower extremity, spine and pediatrics
• Recognize the spectrum of surgical management of reconstructive and traumatic musculoskeletal conditions and the indications and contraindications for each
• Discuss current orthopaedic literature concerning a wide array of common musculoskeletal conditions in children and adults

CME CREDIT HOURS

The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION

The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.

_____________________________________________________ 2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Hyatt Regency Chicago
July 10-12, 2009

Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Program Chairs:
Mark S. Cohen, MD
Thomas R. Kiefhaber, MD

The ASSH Comprehensive Review Course is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons.  The course will review the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand surgery.  The faculty are recognized experts in hand surgery and have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and contributions relating to the subject matter they present.

OBJECTIVES
• Discuss the topic concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology relating to surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow.
• Prescribe and use generally accepted diagnostic techniques required to evaluate various disease preventions.
• Describe treatment alternatives for acquired, traumatic, inflammatory, congenital and neoplastic disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow.

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.
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Medical News
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For more on ASSH advocacy news and efforts, visit the health policy page of our website.
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New AMA Resource to Keep your Practice Competitive

As a surgeon, you are under pressure to collect, track and report data about the quality of the care you provide; how can small practices develop the infrastructure needed to compete in today’s marketplace? An increasing number of physicians are opting to collaborate with other independent—even competing—colleagues to respond to these pressures. In some cases, physician collaboration may allow physicians to jointly contract with health insurance companies and other third-party payers.

Visit the AMA Private Sector Advocacy Web site at www.ama-assn.org/go/psa to access the booklet “Competing in the Marketplace: How physicians can improve quality and increase their value in the health care market through medical practice integration, second edition” and other educational resources.
_______________________________________________________ Obama Administration Agrees with Delay in ICD-10 Implementation

According to Modern Healthcare, the Obama administration has announced that it will proceed with a Bush administration plan to push back implementation of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 codes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had previously issued a final rule pushing back implementation of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 code set from Oct. 1, 2011, to Oct. 1, 2013. However, that rule had been placed on hold pending further study by the Obama administration.

The AAOS has been monitoring the proposed transition to ICD-10, and is working to ensure that the transition places as little administrative and cost burden on physician practices as possible.
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