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 Weekly Member Update - February 20, 2009

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te

________________________________February 20, 2009

Our Society

·         A Column from President L. Andrew Koman, MD

Did You Know?

·         New OREF Program Offers More Industry Support

One Question

·         A one-question survey designed to help us all better understand the contexts in which our members live and work

ASSH News

·         Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines

·         BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open

·         ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts

·         American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) Offering Two Grants in 2009

ASSH Courses and Meetings

·         2009 Self-Assessment Examination

·         2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy Course

·         2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

·         2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review Course

·         2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery

 

Medical News

·         Stimulus Package Includes Funding for Comparing Treatments

·         NIH Receives 34% Funding Increase

·         New ACS Website Centers on E-Prescribing Incentive Program

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Our Society

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One of the consequences of the Department of Justice investigation into the relationships between  orthopaedic companies and orthopaedic surgeons, has been the need for third party oversight of many activities crucial to hand surgery. The AAOS, AOA, and OREF, have announced programs to distribute industry funds that impact the ASSH and its members.

Today, Bill Cooney, current Chair of the Board of trustees of OREF and  former President of your society notified members of the OREF that :" Under the agreements, OREF will receive and distribute funds from these companies to support a variety of projects, including graduate medical education fellowships and residency enhancement programs, and in one case, research and CME programs." How this program, the AOA Omega program, and the AAOS COA program will impact hand surgery is undetermined. However, the ASSH is  composed of orthopaedic, plastic and general surgeons and is different from purely orthopaedic subspecialties.

I urge you to pay careful attention to the upcoming developments, when speaking with hand equipment companies, discuss the importance of support for hand training in addition to lower extremity total joints and recognize that the ASSH, a not-for-profit educational society, does not need a third party to prevent conflict of interest in our educational support from industry.  

Andy Koman

To comment on Dr. Koman’s column, visit his blog.

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Did You Know?

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Did you know The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has announced a new, DOJ-approved program for industry support of fellowships, research, and resident support. The details of this program are described on their website, and we encourage you to visit that site at www.oref.org and click on "Program Overvie"w to learn more. OREF has long been a partner for us and many other orthopaedic groups in helping to raise funds for our programs. This is another step in their history of support for research and education in our specialty.

Mark C. Anderson, CAE

Executive Vice President & CEO

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One Question

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Do you participate in a community-based or university based Journal Club on a regular basis?  If so, How often do you attend?  Answer this week’s One Question.

Last week, President-elect Robert Szabo, MD, asked you to share your priorities for our future achievements.  View the results of last week’s One Question

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ASSH News

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Upcoming AFSH Grant and Award Deadlines

Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award – applications due December 1, 2009


Basic Science and Clinical Research Grant - applications due April 1, 2009


The Weiland Medal – applications due April 1, 2009
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BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting – Registration Now Open
April 30 - May 1, 2009

 
The provisional programme and registration form for the BSSH/ASSH Combined meeting are now available on the BSSH website: www.bssh.ac.uk.  There is a link to the meeting details on the home page of the BSSH website.   If you have any queries relating to this, please do not hesitate to contact Helen Roberts (helen.roberts@bssh.ac.u.k) at BSSH. 

View the programme.  

 
Download a registration form.
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2009 Call For Abstracts
September 3-5, 2009 * San Francisco, California
2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the ASSH and ASHT
Bridges: Connecting the Past and the Future

The abstract submission site is now open to submit your proposals for the 2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT).  Interested in learning more?  Download the official 2009 Call For Abstracts or visit the Hand Society’s Call For Abstracts online information page for important details then submit your proposal today! 

2009 Online Abstract Submission Forms:

·         Instructional Course Lecture – Deadline passed

·         Symposia abstracts – Deadline passed

·         Paper Presentation – Deadline passed

Already submitted an abstract but need to make a change?  Visit the Abstract Service Center to edit your submission.  Revisions can be made through the deadline listed above.

Questions about the abstract submission process?  Contact Diana Shkap at dshkap@assh.org.

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American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) Offering Two Grants in 2009

The American Hand Therapy Foundation (AHTF) has two grants available for 2009. Please go to www.ahtfgrants.com for more information, application instructions, and forms needed for submission. The application deadline is February 28, 2009.
 
AHTF Evelyn Mackin Traveling Hand Therapist Award
The AHTF Evelyn Mackin Traveling Hand Therapist is designed to fund a practicing occupational or physical therapist, who is a current member of the American Society of Hand Therapists or a Certified Hand Therapist, in traveling to various hand therapy facilities, in presenting on a specific domain of hand therapy, and in sharing the "pearls" of hand rehabilitation learned from the experience. This funding opportunity is $3,000.


AHTF Burkhalter New Investigator Grant
The AHTF Burkhalter New Investigator Grant is for clinical research in hand and upper limb rehabilitation.  It was established in honor of Dr. William Burkhalter (1928-1992), a long time advocate and promoter of hand therapy.  This funding opportunity is $4,000. 
 
Please go to www.ahtfgrants.com to apply!

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ASSH Courses & Meetings
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2009 Self-Assessment Examination
Registration Deadline: April 3, 2009
Online Registration Now Open!

SAE Educational Objectives

       Detect and differentiate injury mechanisms, pathologies and applied anatomy associated with upper extremity conditions treated by hand surgeons

       Differentiate and apply the range of conservative and surgical treatment options to deal with upper extremity problems that present to a hand surgeon’s practice

       Develop informed evidenced-based guided clinical decision practice options in the treatment of upper extremity disorders

       Evaluate by self assessment basic cognitive, reasoning skills, and clinical aptitudes required of all hand surgeons in practice to complete maintenance of certification

This examination is offered as a convenient self-education exercise by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is geared towards hand and upper extremity health care professionals.   Designed to assist the physician in reviewing basic principles of hand care, the exam also helps to keep the physician abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.  The examination covers diagnostic and therapeutic problems, both surgical and non-operative, basic science knowledge, and fundamental principles of hand surgery. The interpretation of the illustrative material (clinical photographs and radiographs) is an integral part of this examination. The 2009 examination consists of the Question Book (Book 1) containing 150 questions, an answer sheet, evaluation, and the Discussion Book (Book 2) with preferred responses, discussion and literature references.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Registration Deadline – April 3, 2009

Deadline to return answer sheet – Postmarked by June 12, 2009

Discussion book mailed  - July 31, 2009

ACCREDITATION

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

CME CREDIT HOURS

The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

NOTE: Only those who return a completed answer sheet for computer scoring by June 12, 2009 will be eligible for CME.

Learn more about the Self-Assessment Exam by downloading the program brochure or visit the exam webpage to register online!

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2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy: Surgeons and Therapists Working Together
Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel

May 15-16, 2009
Registration Deadline: April 20, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Jointly Sponsored by:
American Society of Hand Therapists
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Program Co-Chairs:
Randip R. Bindra, MD
Kathleen E. Brou, OTR, CHT
Marta H. Brinkley, OTR/L, CHT

The ASSH and ASHT are proud to present this 2-day course designed for intermediate to advanced hand therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and managers.  This course will include the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment of upper quadrant conditions as well as cutting edge practice management techniques.  Attendees will gain exposure to critical knowledge from presentations provided by recognized expert physicians, clinicians and managers all of whom are affiliated with ASSH and ASHT.   The targeted sessions on outpatient therapy practice management will provide crucial business decision making skills a therapist can utilize within his or her own clinic.   Participation in lectures, panel discussions, and case studies will allow attendees to advance their clinical decision making skills.  Visit the online event page for program details. 

OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

·         Compare and contrast current operative and non-operative treatment for a wide spectrum of upper quadrant orthopedic conditions.

·         Develop and execute treatment plans for complex upper quadrant conditions.

·         Utilize “the pearls” of treatment for core stabilization and wound care.

·         Sharpen clinical management decision making skills utilizing objective data for staffing plans, documentation, and billing.

·         Compare and contrast a variety of outcome tools/scores and determine the benefits of routine clinical use.

·         Obtain expert clinical medical knowledge on surgical and therapeutic strategies that can be utilized in the clinical setting in practical settings.

AOTA CE UNITS: The ASHT is an approved provider of Continuing Education for the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by the AOTA.  The ASHT is an approved CEU provider for the Board of Certification, Inc. for Athletic Trainers.

ASSH CME CREDIT: The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.asht.org to register online. 
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2009 Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Program Chairs:
David C. Ring, MD
Scott P. Steinmann, MD

This course will provide a state of the art update on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery. A renowned faculty of leading elbow surgeons will present lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory. Specific techniques covered in detail will be elbow arthroscopy, elbow instability, all elbow fractures, and arthroplasty. Course attendees will have the opportunity to perform all surgical procedures in the laboratory and are encouraged to bring problem cases for discussion with the faculty.

Course Objectives:

·         Become familiar with advanced techniques of elbow surgery

·         Learn arthroscopic techniques for the elbow

·         Become familiar with all surgical approaches to the elbow for the most common procedures

·         Recognize pitfalls of surgical techniques and how to avoid complications

·         Understand the biomechanics of the elbow and learn how to perform surgical reconstruction for instability

·         Learn state-of-the-art techniques for treatment of fractures of the distal humerus, radial head, coronoid and olecranon

·         Become familiar with elbow arthroplasty techniques and how to avoid complications

CME Credit Hours
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.
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2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review
Hyatt Regency Chicago

July 9, 2009
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Co-Sponsored by:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Course Directors:
John J. Grayhack, MD
Michael S. Bednar, MD

This one-day review course, brought to you by the AAOS and ASSH, prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the combined CAQ exam in Hand Surgery. Held just one day prior to the ASSH Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties.  Note: the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery does not provide content or material for this program.

OBJECTIVES

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental knowledge base required for Maintenance of Certification
  • Sharpen clinical decision-making using contemporary clinical, laboratory and diagnostic imaging methods to manage pediatric and adult musculoskeletal disorders
  • Compare and contrast current non-operative and operative treatment of a wide spectrum of orthopaedic conditions including shoulder, lower extremity, spine and pediatrics
  • Recognize the spectrum of surgical management of reconstructive and traumatic musculoskeletal conditions and the indications and contraindications for each
  • Discuss current orthopaedic literature concerning a wide array of common musculoskeletal conditions in children and adults

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 8.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.

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2009 Comprehensive Review in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Hyatt Regency Chicago

July 10-12, 2009
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009

Online Registration Now Open!

Program Chairs:
Mark S. Cohen, MD
Thomas R. Kiefhaber, MD

The ASSH Comprehensive Review Course is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons.  The course will review the topical concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology as well as diagnostic and treatment methods relating to hand surgery.  The faculty are recognized experts in hand surgery and have been selected for their knowledge, expertise and contributions relating to the subject matter they present.

OBJECTIVES
• Discuss the topic concepts of anatomy, biomechanics and pathology relating to surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow.
• Prescribe and use generally accepted diagnostic techniques required to evaluate various disease preventions.
• Describe treatment alternatives for acquired, traumatic, inflammatory, congenital and neoplastic disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. 

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Learn more by downloading the course brochure or visit www.assh.org to register online.

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Medical News
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For more on ASSH advocacy news and efforts, visit the health policy page of our website.

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Stimulus Package Includes Funding for Comparing Treatments (From AAOS)


The New York Times (NYT) reports that the $787 billion economic stimulus bill recently passed by the U.S. Congress and expected to be signed by President Obama this week includes $1.1 billion in funding for programs that will compare the relative value of medical services for the same condition. The bill creates a council of up to 15 federal employees to coordinate the research and to advise the president and Congress on how to spend the money.

The initiative is in response to growing concerns that providers have little solid comparative evidence regarding the value of certain drugs, medical devices, surgery, and other treatments. Supporters hope that the research will save money in the long run by encouraging value through the use of more effective treatments.


Read the NY Times article here.

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NIH Receives 34% Funding Increase (From AAOS)


According to the NYT, the stimulus package also includes a 34 percent increase in funding for the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), from $29 billion to $39 billion.  Most of the money will fund as many as 15,000 additional grants.

NIH currently issues about 45,000 such grants each year, but the agency is normally only able to finance about 40 percent of grants deemed meritorious. Nearly $2 billion of the NIH budget is intended for building and equipment projects at various universities and the agency’s campus in Bethesda, Md.

Read the NY Times article here.

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New ACS Website Centers on E-Prescribing Incentive Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has created a website to educate members about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2009 E-prescribing Incentive Program.

The Web site includes an introduction to the electronic-prescribing program, a discussion of frequently asked questions, and resources for those surgeons who want to participate. The Web site can be accessed at http://www.facs.org/ahp/pqri/2009eprescribing.html.

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