Weekly Member Update - October 29th, 2010

ASSH Weekly Member Update

October 29th, 2010

Watch for the Presidential Update from President Daniel J. Nagle, MD

ASSH Seeks Deputy Editor (Scientific) for Journal of Hand Surgery

Have You Volunteered at a Medical School This Year?

Thank You AFSH Donors

Get Paid Accurately; AMA Resources Can Help - From AMA

Insurer Sees Slight Decline in Medical Liability Claims Against Hospitals - From AAOS

***Correction from last week: The new AOAO President's full name is H. Brent Bamberger, DO, not MD.


Watch for the Presidential Update from President Daniel J. Nagle, MD

Watch for Dr. Nagle's first Presidential Update of the year in your inbox this weekend.  On the heels of one our most successful meetings in Hand Society history, the leadership and Council made exciting progress on challenges and issues of  the coming decade. 

Dr. Nagle's update will inform you about many important issues facing the Hand Society.  Highlights include: progress towards expanding and enhancing education; new AMA requirements for the Self Assessment Exam;  an update about the ASSH Textbook; the Online Membership Directory;  “What’s a Hand Surgeon” video created by the Public Awareness committee; and the future of the ASSH Nominating committee.  The coming year  promises to be exciting and pivotal in shaping the future of the Hand Society.


ASSH Seeks Deputy Editor (Scientific) for Journal of Hand Surgery

The Journal Advisory Group is seeking nominations or recommendations for a Deputy Editor (Scientific) to begin work in January 2011.  The position involves a commitment of approximately four to eight-hours per week to review scientific manuscripts and assist the Editor–in-Chief.  The position carries a stipend and a two-year term.  Learn more about Deputy Editor responsibilities, or send an application.


Have You Volunteered at a Medical School This Year?
We Want to Hear from You

Have you given your time volunteering as a lecturer or guest speaker at a medical school this academic year?  The Hand Society wants to hear from you.  As part of the Lending a Hand program, we are looking for feedback from our members who have helped introduce and promote the hand surgery field to medical students.

Please complete the volunteer survey, and next quarter we’ll list all the institutions that have been visited.  If you are planning an upcoming visit to a medical school, Lending a Hand program materials are available on the ASSH Website.  Please contact Lending a Hand co-chairs Anthony Smith, MD or Eric Hofmeister, MD with any questions.


Thank You AFSH Donors

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

Edward Akelman, MD
Peter C. Amadio, MD
Manuel F. DaSilva, MD
Julie A. Katarincic, MD
Richard W. Pope, MD
David S. Ruch, MD
Christopher R. Sforzo
Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD
Alan W. Wolf, MD

Learn more about the AFSH.


Get Paid Accurately; AMA Resources Can Help - From AMA

One in five medical claims is processed inaccurately by health insurers, according to the AMA’s National Health Insurer Report Card.  That means you could be paid incorrectly on as much as 20 percent of the claims you file with the insurers with which you’re contracted.  And that’s money you could potentially put back into your practice.

What can you do? A lot, actually.  Review your health insurer payments for accuracy.  Appeal payments that have been inappropriately denied or reduced.  And be sure that your practice is preparing and submitting claims accurately.  Learn more and explore various resources on the AMA website.


Insurer Sees Slight Decline in Medical Liability Claims Against Hospitals - From AAOS

According to a report released by Zurich American Insurance, the number of medical liability claims against hospitals is declining slightly, and the average amount per claim has stabilized.  The company collected data from 1,600 hospitals (insured by Zurich American and self-reported in requests for coverage quotes) from 1997 through 2007, and finds that the average annual rise in claims is 4 percent. 

Overall, teaching and children’s hospitals have higher claim severity than acute-care community hospitals and outpatient facilities, and non-profit hospitals have the lowest severity.  Among non-profits, faith-based institutions have the lowest severity of all.  Geographically, Louisiana led the nation with 5.25 claims per 100 OBEs (occupied bed equivalents), followed by Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  Read the complete report.