Weekly Member Update - September 24th, 2010

September 24th, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President

One Question

Resources for Annual Meeting Attendees

Defining Hand Surgery: What Do You Do?

2011 Call for Abstracts - Now Open!

Thank You to AFSH Donors

AMA Advocacy Protects Premium Dollars for Patient Care - From AMA


A Message from the ASSH President

With all of the standards, best practices and guidelines floating around these days, it's important to have knowledgeable surgeons with vested interests take a role in reviewing anything that may be held as a measuring stick in our specialty.  That is precisely why the Evidence-Based Practice Committee, chaired by David Ring, MD and Joy MacDermid, PhD, recently undertook a thorough review of the AAOS' rotator cuff guidelines.  I've asked them to share an update on the committee's activities with you below.

See you in Boston,

Bob Szabo, MD 


The Evidence Based Practice Committee: 

  1. Reviewed the AAOS distal radius and rotator cuff guidelines.
  2. Is preparing to participate in the review of the supracondylar
    humerus guidelines at the end of the year and the trapeziometacarpal
    arthrosis and revised carpal tunnel diagnosis guidelines in 2011.

Many of the committee members have participated in the guidelines.  Those who are familiar with the process and language used and the rationale and history behind it are, in general, very supportive. 

The committee members have expressed reservations more about the wording and presentation, and have minimal issue with the methods used.

The key issue appears to be appropriate communication.  Anyone who reads one of these guidelines needs to understand that it represents the best that can be said about relevant clinical issues with the evidence available--nothing more and nothing less.  It's more about asking "what's the evidence behind what we do?" than about "What's the right thing to do?" 

David Ring, MD PhD


One Question

This week, we want your help understanding our members' internet surfing habits.  Answer this week's One Question. View the results of last week's question.


Resources for Annual Meeting Attendees

Looking for information about the Boston meeting?  Use these links to view:

Onsite information and hours of operation
Presenter information
Things to know prior to the meeting
List of attendees, handouts, abstracts, and exhibits


Defining Hand Surgery: What Do You Do?

The Hand Society is engaged in several important efforts to gather information about the details and scope of the work of our members.   Please look for an email in your inbox inviting you to take a survey that attempts to collect information about the frequency of hand conditions that are seen by our members across the spectrum of their practices and across all the places our members practice. 

We want to understand the nature of members’ thoughts regarding what treatments and conditions are less than ideal and where innovation and new products might be helpful.  The Hand Society intends to share a portion of the results with some of our corporate partners who can address insufficiencies in current treatment options.  With your help, this collaborative effort will teach us about our field and will bring more resources to areas of need.

When you receive your invitation for the survey, please take ten minutes to share your experience to help us learn and create better options for you and your patients. 


2011 Call for Abstracts - Now Open!

Submit an abstract for Precourse, Symposium or Instructional Course for the 66th Annual Meeting in Las Vegas!  Deadline to submit is November 15, 2010.  Review the Abstract Policy and Procedures.

Precourse: Half or full day didactic session on a topic of your choice.  Precourses can include lectures, case/panel discussions, debates or any interactive education.  Learn more.

Symposium: 45-minute session ideal for presenting and discussing important issues and emerging trends in the industry.  Learn more.

Instructional Course: 90-minute session (part didactic, part interactive) ideal for presenting case studies from beginning stages through specific treatments and outcomes.  Learn more.

Ready to submit?  Check back in October for Paper, Poster and Residents and Fellows Conference abstract submission sites.


Thank You to AFSH Donors

The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand wishes to thank the following donors for their recent contributions:

Jeanine A. Andersson, MD
Edward V. Craig, MD
John F. Dalton, IV, MD
William A. Facibene, MD, FAAOS
Daniel A. Falcon, MD
Bonnie Fraser, MD
Clayton T. Gibson, MD
Hill Hastings, II, MD
Korsh Jafarnia, MD
David Marshall Jemison, MD
Julie A. Katarincic, MD
Stanley R. Lehman, MD
David M. Lichtman, MD
Dean S. Louis, MD
John G. Lunt, MD
John D. Opgrande, MD
Craig S. Phillips, MD
Matthew D. Putnam, MD
William H. Seitz, Jr., MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Christopher J. Walsh, MD
Craig S. Williams, MD
Joan F. Wright, MD

Learn more about the AFSH.


AMA Advocacy Protects Premium Dollars for Patient Care - From AMA

The AMA Advocacy Resource Center (ARC) is actively tracking and participating in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on both the federal and state levels.  Particularly, the AMA has been working closely with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to develop health insurance market reforms that will improve physician practices.

NAIC Approves Medical-loss Ratio "Blanks Form"

The ACA includes specific provisions that require implementation of an 85 percent medical-loss ratio for large group health insurance plans and 80 percent for small and individual group products.  The law specifically dictates that the NAIC work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop recommendations for implementing these medical-loss ratio provisions.  Learn more.