Weekly Member Update - October 22nd, 2010

October 22nd, 2010

A Message from the ASSH President

One Question - Last Week's Results

New AOAO President - Brent Bamberger, MD

Thank You to AFSH Donors

E-Posters from the Annual Meeting and Residents and Fellows Conference - Now Available

October 27th - Free Webinar to Assess Practice Medicare Participation - From AMA

Symposium for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Bone Health Experts, Orthopaedic Nurses at Institutions in the Midwest

Act Now to Avert Drastic Medicare Pay Cuts - From AMA


A Message from the ASSH President

Another annual meeting is on the books.  Dr. Szabo and our Council have adeptly led us through the challenges of the past few months.  The coming year will be filled with challenges of a different sort.  The destiny of health care reform is far from certain and its impact on physicians and patients is yet to be determined.  While the Society’s core goals of education and research will continue to be pursued, we will also focus on providing our members the information and tools needed to navigate the changing health care landscape.

I am honored to be your 66th President and I look forward to serving you.

Daniel J. Nagle, MD


One Question - Last Week's Results

Last week, we asked about your interest in webinars run by other organizations; additionally, we wanted your opinion about an ASSH-run webinar for case studies.  View the results of the poll.


New AOAO President - Brent Bamberger, MD

Dr. Brent Bamberger was elected president of The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics (AOAO) www.aoao.org. He will begin serving his one year term October 25th when inducted in San Francisco, California. Dr. Bamberger believes that this is an opportunity for him to lead the AOAO in changing times and still maintain an honorable profession as an orthopedic surgeon.

“Dr. Bamberger was actively involved for eight years prior to assuming its presidency,” said Executive Director Dr Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO of AOAO. “Dr. Bamberger is very detailed orientated and wants to be part of team. He has been a valuable asset for his contacts inside and out of medicine. He will be a big part of AOAO future going forward.”

Read the full press release and learn more about the AOAO.


Thank You to AFSH Donors

The AFSH would like to thank the following donors for their contributions:

O. Alton Barron, MD
Morris Button, MD
Charles Carroll, IV, MD
Peter D. Carty
Philip G. Coogan, MD
Alexander S. Croog, MD
Fabio Curini-Galletti, MD
Gregory G. Fedorcik, MD
Daniel P. Mass, MD
David C. Ring, MD, PhD
T. Greg Sommerkamp, MD
Jeffry T. Watson, MD
Hand Surgery Specialists, Inc.

Learn more about the AFSH.


E-Posters from the Annual Meeting and Residents and Fellows Conference - Now Available

Check them out.


October 27th - Free Webinar to Assess Practice Medicare Participation - From AMA

With Medicare physician payments scheduled to be cut 30 percent by January 1, this year’s Medicare participation decision period arrives at a time of tremendous uncertainty for physicians and patients.

Learn about the options you have – participation in Medicare, nonparticipation in Medicare, or opting out of Medicare and privately contracting with patients – during “Understanding your Medicare choices: Preparing for the 2011 Medicare participation decision,” a free AMA webinar scheduled to take place at 7 PM Eastern time October 27.  This webinar will describe the advantages and disadvantages of the three options and walk participants through an example of how payments are calculated under each one.

Participants also will be introduced to a series of resources that help physicians gauge which Medicare option is right for their practice.  Resources include a worksheet that calculates the revenue impact of changing from “participating” to “nonparticipating” status and sample communications that physicians can use when explaining their Medicare participation to patients.  The webinar also will cover government-proposed 2011 Medicare physician payment policy changes.

Sign up for the webinar today.


Symposium for Orthopaedic Surgeons, Bone Health Experts, Orthopaedic Nurses at Institutions in the Midwest

Outstanding Hospitals Don't Simply Treat Fragility Fractures - They Prevent Fractures From Recurring. The Best Hospitals Own the Bone.

Own the Bone" Regional Symposium - Patients with fragility fractures need more than just fracture care. Join Bone Health Experts for a complimentary symposium and luncheon to learn more about your role in improving patient bone health.

Date: Friday, Nov. 12, 2010
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare 
                5440 North River Road
                Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Register Now
 
Symposium Details


Act Now to Avert Drastic Medicare Pay Cuts - From AMA

Physicians are facing a 23 percent cut in Medicare payments on December 1, followed by an additional 6 percent cut on January 1, if Congress doesn't act to change the flawed sustainable growth rate formula.  The graph shows how Medicare payment updates have remained flat the last five years while the practice cost inflation rate has steadily climbed.

The AMA is working to prevent the December cuts.  Congress is now in recess leading up to the November 2 elections, and a lame-duck Congress may consider putting off the cuts yet again.  You can tell Congress to stop the cuts through the AMA's Physicians' Grassroots Network.  And ask your patients to do the same by joining the AMA's Patients' Action Network.

Several times this year Congress did not pass legislation in time to avert cuts.  As a result, Medicare carriers stopped processing claims in order to avoid paying them at the reduced rates.  Read more.