Weekly Member Update - November 19th, 2010

November 19th, 2010

Did You Know?

One Question

Update on the AFSH Annual Appeal

Thank You to AFSH Donors

OIG: Adverse Events Cost $4.4 billion Per Year - From AAOS

OIG Publication Clarifies Fraud and Abuse Laws - From AAOS

Senate Agreement to Delay Medicare Physician Cuts for 31 Days....Discussions Continue on SGR Relief for All of 2011 - From AMA


Did You Know?

Did You Know … that the Hand Society is exploring the use of a variety of mobile applications to add value to members’ experience?  Over the next month or so, we’ll be asking a couple of mobile-related questions in each issue of WMU.  I hope you’ll take time to respond.  Your answers will help shape our investigation, understand how you use your mobile device, and will inform our Council as it considers mobile app options in the near future.

Thank you. 

Mark C. Anderson, CAE
Executive Vice President & CEO
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

P.S.  I am a committed fan and user both of an Android phone and the iPad.


One Question

This week, we want to know what personal and professional mobile device uses are most satisfying and important to you.  Answer this week's One Question.


Update on the AFSH Annual Appeal

Over 300 ASSH members added contributions to their ASSH membership dues renewals, event registrations, and OREF contributions in 2010 – and the year isn’t over yet.  Consider this: if 20% of ASSH members made a contribution to the AFSH, the Foundation would have 560 individual donors this year. 

Don’t wait until December 31st to make a contribution this year.  You can add a donation to your Membership renewal, or visit www.afsh.org to make a donation now.

States with more than 20% of members donating to the AFSH:

Alaska: 40% of members (2 donors)
Idaho: 30.7% of members (4 donors)
Massachusetts: 20.9% of members (22 donors)
North Dakota: 25% of members (2 donors)
New Hampshire: 21.4% of members (3 donors)
New Mexico: 22.2% of members (4 donors)
Rhode Island: 20% of members (3 donors) 
Vermont: 23% of members (3 donors)
Wyoming: 66.6% of members (2 donors)

States with more than 20 individual donors:

California: 27 donors (8.5% of members)
Massachusetts: 22 donors (20.9% of members)
New York: 24 donors (12.4% of members)
Texas: 20 donors (12.6% of members)

A donation of any amount to the Annual Campaign ensures continuation of research, education and outreach in the form of the Bunnell Traveling Fellowship, Young Surgeons Overseas, Health Volunteers Overseas, basic science and clinical research grants, patient education on the ASSH website and much more. 


Thank You to AFSH Donors

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

McPherson Scott Beall, III, MD
James R. Boatright, MD
James Chang, MD
Timothy E. Dicke, MD
Seth D. Dodds, MD
John Victor Ingari, MD
Peter M. Prokopis, MD

Learn more about the AFSH.


OIG: Adverse Events Cost $4.4 billion Per Year - From AAOS

A study released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds that adverse events add at least $4.4 billion per year to government health costs and contribute to the deaths of about 180,000 patients each year.  "Adverse Events in Hospitals: National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries" states that 44 percent of adverse and temporary harm events are "clearly or likely preventable."  Overall, the report estimates that there are 69 adverse events and temporary harm events combined per 1,000 patient-days, and 36 such events per 100 admissions.  Read more, or read the complete report (PDF).


OIG Publication Clarifies Fraud and Abuse Laws - From AAOS

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has published a 30-page educational booklet designed to offer physicians an overview of the five most important federal fraud and abuse laws.  The booklet provides examples of relationships and situations that may potentially lead to liability and outlines the seven components physician practices need to create a voluntary compliance program.  "A Roadmap for New Physicians: Avoiding Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse" is available in electronic form from the OIG.  Read more, or download the complete booklet (PDF).


Senate Agreement to Delay Medicare Physician Cuts for 31 Days....Discussions Continue on SGR Relief for All of 2011 - From AMA

On November 18, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid reached agreement with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on a unanimous consent request for a 31-day reprieve from the 23 percent Medicare physician payment cut scheduled to take effect on December 1.  This move is a necessary first step to avoid a disruption in payments while Congressional leaders continue to seek funding offsets for legislation that will stabilize Medicare physician payments through 2011.

Earlier this fall the AMA, along with 66 national physician organizations and all the state medical societies, asked Congress to prevent the Medicare payment cuts being produced by the SGR for at least 13 months, and indications are that this proposal enjoys bipartisan support in Congress. Further, bipartisan discussions are underway to identify acceptable funding offsets for a full 12-month reprieve that would be passed in December, while the short-term extension is in effect.

Because the lame duck Congress is adjourning for a Thanksgiving recess, final action on the 31-day extension in the House cannot take place until Congress reconvenes the week of November 29.

The AMA appreciates the efforts by Senators Reid, McConnell, Baucus and Grassley as well as President Obama to avert the cuts on December 1.