Weekly Member Update - April 22, 2011

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ASSH Mourns the Loss of Paul R. Manske, MD

One Question – Results

A Letter from International Member, Yasuo Yamauchi, MD from Japan

Apply to Join the ASSH Council

Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery – July 15-17, Chicago, IL

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Medicare Attestation for EMR Incentives Began This Week – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid



ASSH Mourns the Loss of Paul R. Manske, MD

Paul R. Manske, MD, ASSH member, educator, mentor, and friend to many, passed away on Thursday morning.  Dr. Manske was the longest serving Editor-in-Chief of JHS and retired from that position at the end of 2010.  He was a giant in the field, and was loved by many and respected by all.  His great contributions to the Hand Society and the hand surgery field will be remembered.  We are all saddened by his passing. 

We will share memorial information as it becomes available, so you can extend condolences and honor his memory.       
  

One Question – Results

In last week’s One Question we asked what percent of your practice is Medicaid and what percent is Medicare?  Interested in how your colleagues answered?  View the results

 

 
ASSH member Yasuo Yamauchi, MD, of Tokyo, Japan, sent the following letter to ASSH staff last week in the wake of the earthquake that devastated the country.  He allowed us to share his message with all of our members.
 
Dear President and Members of ASSH: 
 
I have enjoyed reading Weekly Member UPD@TE, but after the enormous Earthquake, Tsunami and, above all, the nuclear plant incident, the UPD@ATE sounds like the happenings in another world to me.  Here is a personal report from your longtime International Member.
 
I was in my house in Tokyo when the earthquake attacked on March 11th.  A big and long lasting shake, but the houses around were standing all right.  We lost only five fine French wine glasses, but watching the real-time TV news I was shocked.  However, as most of the foreign reporters described, it is amazing to see the people who lost their houses and family members are calmly enduring the tragedy without yelling, crying, quarreling, stealing or rioting.  I am very much proud of the people and glad to be one of them.  Some of my former Residents met the Tsunami, but fortunately none of them were lost.  One of them is in orthopaedic practice in Iwaki-city, only 20miles south of the nuclear plant.  Being a vice-president of the local medical society, he is still maintaining medical dispensaries for the city, sending his family back to a safer area.  This man is not the only one.  Many of the emergency rescue medical task forces have been voluntarily in action in various places where medical and surgical cares are severely needed.
 
Almost all of the medical annual meetings and congresses were either withheld or cancelled, including US-Japan Hand in Hawaii. JSSH in Aomori and JOS (Japan Orthopaedic Society) in Yokohama are among them.  I am sure young surgeons who stepped in the disaster area would have obtained invaluable experiences rather than merely attending the meetings.
 
Deep worries about the nuclear plant still exist, but this 79 year old orthopaedic and hand surgeon having nothing to lose will not escape, and will continue to live in Japan with his beloved people.
I thank you very much for your help and sympathy to the disaster, from which, I am sure, we will survive, recover and stand straight some day.
  
Yasuo Yamauchi, MD

Apply to Join the ASSH Council
Application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2011

Since our inception, the ASSH mission has been to advance the science and practice of hand surgery through education, research and advocacy on behalf of patients and practitioners.  In order to advance this central mission, the Hand Society requires a core group of volunteer leaders to strategically manage our vision and to motivate the membership to achieve the Society’s goals.  Each Council member dedicates him or herself to advancing the field of hand surgery while they serve in this forum that fosters the exchange of knowledge and ideas pertaining to the practice of surgery of the upper extremity. 

On behalf of the ASSH and Nominating Committee Chair, Robert M. Szabo, MD,  MPH, we would like to invite all Active Members to apply for service to Council as Vice President,* Treasurer,* and/or Member-at-large, under eight or over eight years of membership.  Candidates should have extensive past service to the Society, including but not limited to the following: service to committees and task forces, service to educational courses as chair, speaker, or instructor, and service to special projects or initiatives endorsed by the Hand Society.

If you are interested in joining our leadership and assisting our membership in charting a course for tomorrow, complete the online application.  Information about the qualifications, time commitments and duties specific to each position can be found on the ASSH website.   Application deadline is Friday, July 1, 2011.  Please contact Alexzandra Wallace at awallace@assh.org with any questions.

*To apply for Council Vice President and Treasurer, candidates will have been an Active member for five years prior to the time of election and must have previously served on Council

Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery – July 15-17, Chicago, IL

Register now for this advanced review course to refresh your knowledge while you earn over 22 CME hours this summer.  Expert faculty will present on the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand, wrist and elbow surgery.  See a full list of topics and faculty here

Need a General Orthopaedic Review?  Add on the precourse co-sponsored by ASSH and AAOS on July 14.  This one-day review course prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand (formerly CAQ Hand).   Learn more.

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.

John W. Adkison, MD
Jan C. Bax, MD, PhD
Mark R. Belsky, MD
Martin I. Boyer, MD, FRCS(C)
Richard A. Brown, MD
Richard I. Burton, MD
John T. Capo, MD
Leslie P. Dean, MD
Philip A. Deffer, Jr., MD
Robert S. Derkash, MD
J. Wendell Duncan, MD
J. Ollie Edmunds, Jr., MD
Mark E. Einbecker, MD
Alan N. Ertel, MD
Warren C. Hammert, MD
David Helfet, MD
David H. Hildreth, MD
Laurie E. Hirsh, MD
Peter C. Innis, MD
Dr. & Mrs. Harold E. Kleinert, MD
Laurie Depfer Koch, MD
Richard J. Miller, MD
Moheb S. Moneim, MD
Jose J. Monsivais, MD
Paul F. Nassab, MD
Troy D. Pierce, MD
Stephen W. Pournaras, MD
Edward Anthony Rankin, MD
Mitchell B. Rotman, MD
Daniel N. Switlick, MD
Cary Tanner, MD
John W. Toye, MD
Stephen J. Troum, MD
William R. Truluck, DO
Michael R. Ugino, MD
Gregg A. Vagner, MD
Troy B. Watkins, Jr., MD
Friends at Orthopaedic Specialists of North America

Learn more about the Foundation here.  You can make a difference through your contribution today, visit www.afsh.org or contact us at afsh@assh.org.

Medicare Attestation for EMR Incentives Began This Week – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid

The United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Web-based Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System is now available to eligible hospitals, healthcare professionals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to begin applying for Medicare electronic medical record (EMR) incentive payments.  To receive the incentive payments, providers must attest through the system.  Read more about the Medicare attestation process, including user guides that provide step-by-step instructions for completing attestation, and educational events that describe the attestation process in depth.   Previews and selected screenshots of the attestation system are available on the CMS Web site.

To prepare for Medicare attestation, providers will need to familiarize themselves with the required meaningful use criteria.  Meaningful use requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and CAHs participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are different.  Register for the Medicare and/or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.