Weekly Member Update, November 21, 2008

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te
________________________________November 21, 2008

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

• Call for Applications for Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant
• ASSH to Sponsor Two Members to Attend U.S. Bone and Joint Decade Grant Workshop
• ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts

ASSH Courses and Meetings
• 2009 Self-Assessment Examination

Medical News
• Perform a Claims Process Check-up to Improve the Health of your Practice
• A New AMA Study Says We’re Unsure if Hospitals are Prepared for Disasters
• Tom Daschle to be Named HHS Chief From AAOS


One Question

Have you read the ASSH Division reports sent periodically throughout the year?  We would like to know why or why not you read our updates.  Answer this week’s one question.
Last week we asked whether you would still be a hand surgeon if you could do it all over again.  View responses from last week’s one question.

Call for Applications for Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant

The Hand Society is now accepting applications for the Clinical Trials and Outcomes Planning Grant, which is intended to support a new researcher from the ASSH membership to write an NIH R0-1 application for a multi-center clinical trial. The main stipulation of this award is that once the grant is funded, the Principal Investigator will work with the ASSH and the Clinical Trials and Outcomes Committee to engage interested members from the ASSH to participate in the study.

Applicants should have a successful track record for clinical research and the potential to be competitive at the NIH level. Applicants need to complete the AFSH grant application form, which can be found on the ASSH website. The research study should address one of the following topics: Arthritis & Joint Problems, Distal Radius Fractures, Tendon Injuries, Carpal Pathology, and Peripheral Nerve Problems.

The successful proposal will receive $20,000 initially for the principal investigator to draft an NIH grant over a 12-month period. This funding may cover research time, statistical support, and administrative costs. Applications are due by April 1, 2009 and can be submitted electronically in Word format to Sarah Meyer Hughes at smeyerhughes@assh.org. For more information, please visit the ASSH website.

ASSH to Sponsor Two Members to Attend U.S. Bone and Joint Decade Grant Workshop
Applications are due January 15, 2009

The Hand Society will sponsor two ASSH members to attend the 2009 USBJD Young Investigators Initiative and Workshop Program to provide early-career clinical investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field and to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career. This workshop series is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers who wish to secure funding for hypothesis driven research. It is also open to senior fellows that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed.

Any ASSH active or candidate member may apply. Applications should be sent directly to the USBJD, and applicants should clearly state on their paperwork that they are an ASSH member. If selected, the Hand Society will reimburse for travel and the registration fee. For more information please visit the U.S Bone and Joint Decade website.

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?  Download the official 2009 Call For Abstracts or 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 (Podium) abstracts due February 9, 2009
• Resident & Fellow Paper/Poster abstracts due February 9, 2009
• Scientific Poster abstracts due March 2, 2009
• International Scientific Poster abstracts due March 2, 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.


ASSH Courses & Meetings
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.

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

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.

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!

Medical News

For more on ASSH advocacy news and efforts, visit the health policy page of our website.
New AMA Resource: Perform a Claims Process Check-up to Improve the Health of your Practice
The American Medical Association’s (AMA) “Heal the Claims Process”™ campaign focuses on reducing the administrative burden physician practices face to ensure accurate payment on claims, thereby increasing the resources and time physicians can devote to caring for their patients. As part of this campaign, the AMA has created the tool “Prescription for a healthier practice: Physician claims process check-up.” This checklist helps physicians examine their practice’s ability to analyze health insurer payments for accuracy and effectively address delays, denials and reductions in payment. Ensure your practice’s financial health to help create a supportive environment for enhanced patient care.
Visit the AMA Practice Management Center Web site at www.ama-assn.org/go/pmc and select the “Heal the Claims Process”™ toolkit to access “Prescription for a healthier practice: Physician claims process check-up” as well as many other “Heal the Claims Process”™ campaign resources and tools. Federation members can also visit www.ama-assn.org/go/promotehtc to download this PDF and other campaign promotional materials for distribution to their physician members.
A New AMA Study Says We’re Unsure if Hospitals are Prepared for Disasters

The findings of a new study published last week in the AMA’s Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness journal found that consistent, evidence-based performance measurements are needed to accurately evaluate hospitals’ ability to manage patient care during a disaster. Given that major disasters are rare, health care institutions continue to be challenged in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their emergency programs, despite investing considerable resources in emergency management preparedness.

One way to create evidence-based preparedness policies is to evaluate hospital procedures during times that approach disaster levels.
Traditional hospital quality measures like wait times and missed diagnoses can be applied and the results compared to peer hospitals to determine strengths and weaknesses.

This study was released early online and will be published in the journal’s December issue.
View a news release on the study.
Tom Daschle to be Named HHS Chief From AAOS
On Wednesday, Reuters reported that former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle will be named Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President-elect Barack Obama.  Sen. Daschle served in the U.S. Senate from 1986 to 2003, after spending eight years as a member of the House of Representatives.  He was the Democratic Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2003. As HHS Secretary, he would oversee any potential overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.
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