Weekly Member Update - January 21st, 2011

January 21st, 2011

 

Did You Know?

Government Affairs Newsletter

JHS CME Exams and Credits

Improving the Affordable Care Act - From AMA

Study Finds that Long Work Hours Can Lead to Dissatisfaction with the Profession - From AMA


Did You Know?

Did you know... that the ASSH Council is meeting right now at the Central Office in Rosemont, IL?  Tomorrow they will be joined by this year’s Young Leaders as well for their fresh perspectives on issues like research funding and the disparity in number of plastic and orthopaedic hand specialists.  What’s on the agenda?  Discussions will include everything from expanding training in upper extremity surgery to future offerings in practice management and ways to make all the content for the Annual Meeting more accessible on mobile devices.  A Presidential Update will be coming soon with all the details.


Government Affairs Newsletter

To make members of the ASSH more aware of the issues that affect how we deliver health care, the ASSH Government Affairs Committee has published the first issue of its Government Affairs Newsletter. The newsletter will contain items of national or local interest.  Of particular concern in this first issue is the push to establish Accountable Care Organizations (ACO's) as the primary vehicle of health care delivery in Massachusetts. This should be of interest to most of you as the federal government is also looking at ACO's as a way to deliver healthcare across the country. In future issues we will discuss workers' compensation, legal rulings that affect how doctors practice and the ever changing legislative environment. We encourage any members to contact the Government Affairs Committee when they have any questions or believe that a local or state issue may be of interest to the membership. 

Bruce M. Leslie, MD
Chair, Government Affairs Committee


JHS CME Exams and Credits

UPDATE: The December 2010 CME exam for the Journal of Hand Surgery has been re-opened through Wednesday, February 9

To claim CME credits, subscribers must:

1. Read all the CME-eligible articles in the December issue. 
2. Complete an online test.
3. Purchase the CME credits earned.

Credits are posted to your ASSH CME transcript on a monthly basis.  If you have any questions or require evidence of the CME sooner, please contact ASSH staff at info@assh.org.  

If you have any questions or difficulty with the exam, please feel free to contact our partners at Elsevier who manage the online CME exams. 

More information about JHS CME is available on the ASSH website.


Improving the Affordable Care Act - From AMA

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 19 passed H.R. 2, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on a largely partisan vote of 245–189.  The legislation will now be sent to the U.S. Senate, where passage is not expected.

The House is scheduled to debate H.R. 9, legislation that instructs the committees of jurisdiction to develop new legislation intended to replace the ACA.  That legislation also is expected to pass.

While the AMA does not support outright repeal of the ACA, it continues to advocate for important changes to the law.  The AMA has developed a document that summarizes provisions of the ACA that it supports as consistent with its policy and other aspects that it does not support and will work to change.  It also highlights important issues that were either omitted or that need to be clarified in the regulatory process.

The AMA is committed to working constructively with the 112th Congress to secure these needed changes and refinements to the ACA.


Study Finds that Long Work Hours Can Lead to Dissatisfaction with the Profession - From AMA

Increased work hours and increased nights on call have a detrimental effect on surgeons both professionally and personally, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

As part of the study, published in November 2010, researchers surveyed more than 7,900 surgeons and found that the number of hours worked has a strong correlation to burnout, emotional exhaustion and conflicts at work and at home.  And these consequences of working such long hours are affecting the way surgeons view the profession of medicine.

For example, among respondents who work more than 80 hours a week, more than one-third — 34.1 percent — said they would not or were not sure if they would choose to become a physician again.  And one-fifth of respondents who work more than 80 hours a week — 20 percent — said they definitely or probably would not choose to become a physician again.  Read more.