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 Weekly Member Update - April 10, 2009

 

 

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te


April 10, 2009


Important Message

  • Important Message for MAC Users

One Question

  • A One question survey designed to help us better understand the the contexts in which our members live and work.

ASSH News

  • ASSH to Explore Textbook Publications  - Deadline April 24th
  • OMeGA Grants Management System will Launched April 1st 
  • BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting - Registration Now Open 
  • ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting Call For Abstracts  
  • Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Application Now Available

ASSH Courses and Meetings

  • Registration Closed 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

  • KZA Alert: Modifier - 79 is a Target
  • Medical Practices Now Need to Act Like the TSA
  • Call for Volunteers for AAOS Annual Meeting Program Subcommittees

 


Important Message for MAC Users        

In response to member concerns, we have made significant changes to our website this week to rectify issues some Mac users have been experiencing. If you have a Mac and you prefer to use a Safari browser to access the internet, you may need to upgrade your browser.

The ASSH site at www.assh.org requires a Safari browser of at least 3.2 to work properly.  Please visit the ASSH website for information on how to upgrade your Safari browser.


One Question


The FTC recently released the Red Flags rule that will require your staff to check patient IDs.  Will the new Red Flags Rule require your practice/university to change your policies?  Answer this week's One Question

Last week we asked which internet brower you use.  View the results.  
 


ASSH News


ASSH to Explore Textbook Publication
Request for Proposal Available for Interested Authors

The Educations Division is soliciting proposals from authors interested in working with the Hand Society on a hand surgery textbook.  The Society will consider a variety of different publication options outlined in the request for proposal (RFP), which is posted and available for download on the website.

All details, specifications, and partnership options for the information needed are outlined in the RFP. 

The April 24th deadline is approaching for the Textbook RFP- please plan to submit soon. Once completed, submit the proposal to the central office, attn Jennifer Gremmels, electronically at jgremmels@assh.org or hard copy by April 24, 2009 for consideration.

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OMeGA Grants Management System Launched April 1st

If your program is seeking fellowship and/or residency grants, learn about the new management system by visiting www.omegamedicalgrants.org and signing up for an instructional webinar. 

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Register for the BSSH/ASSH Combined Meeting
April 30 - May 1, 2009

The provisional programme and registration form for the BSSH/ASSH Combined meeting are now available on the BSSH website.  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. 

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2009 Call For Abstracts Closed
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 closed for the 2009 Combined Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). 

2009 Online Abstract Submission Forms:

  • Instructional Course Lecture - Deadline passed 
  • Symposia abstracts - Deadline passed 
  • Paper Presentation - Deadline passed 
  • Resident & Fellow Paper/Poster - Deadline passed 
  • Scientific Poster - Deadline passed 
  • International Scientific Poster - Deadline passed 
  • Video Theater abstracts - 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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Apply for the 2009 Bunnell Traveling Fellowship 

If you have been an active member of ASSH for eight years or less, you may be eligible to apply for the 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship. The specific criteria for eligibility are detailed in the Bunnell Fellowship application available on our website. If you are interested and eligible, please complete the 2009 Bunnell Application for this outstanding opportunity.

The Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship is an outstanding educational experience for the recipient. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is June 1, 2009. Final selection of the recipient of this 29th Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship will be made immediately before the 64th Annual Meeting, September 3-5, 2009, in San Francisco, CA and will be announced during the meeting.

Please direct questions to Tara Havenga (thavenga@assh.org). 

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ASSH Courses & Meetings


Registration Closed for 2009 Self-Assessment Examination

To find information about the exam, or to view the registration list, please go to the Self-Assessment page on our website. 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Registration Deadline - April 3, 2009 - Registration is Closed!
Deadline to return answer sheet - Postmarked by June 12, 2009
Discussion book mailed  - July 31, 2009

SAE Book 1 & 2 - Overview and Instructions
The examination covers diagnostic and therapeutic problems, both surgical and nonoperative, 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. The ASSH guarantees anonymity of examination results. Remember to record your examination number, as the scoring will be by the number and not by name. Your name will not appear on your certificate for AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Please keep a copy of your answer sheet for your record; originals cannot be returned. It is recommended that answer sheets be mailed via overnight or second-day delivery so that the receipt of the score sheets can be verified. 

NOTE: Only those who return a completed answer sheet for computer scoring by June 12, 2009 (postmarked) will be eligible for CME.  In addition, you will receive the Discussion Book and a printout of your own score, as compared to all examinees, in mid-August.  If you do not return your answer sheet for scoring, you will not be awarded CME credit. You will receive the Discussion Book, but you must compute your own score and will not receive a comparison of our score to the others who also took the examination.

All registrants are confirmed by email. If you have not received email confirmation by April 6, 2009 please contact the ASSH Office via telephone at (847)384-8300 or email ddecker@assh.org.  You may also download the Confirmed Registration List to check to see if you are registered.  Do you know where you'll be in  July/August?  Don't miss receiving your Discussion Book due to a move!  If you will be at a different location or have a second address you would prefer the booklets to be mailed to than your current mailing address with the Hand Society please inform the ASSH by emailing the registrar at ddecker@assh.org.  

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

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.

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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
Register Online!

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 two-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


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


KZA Alert: Modifier - 79 is a Target

Here's the scoop.  CMS issued a transmittal - number 442 to be exact about practices submitting modifier 79 inappropriately during the global period.  If you don't know what modifier 79 is - you are potentially in trouble so read on!

For the entire alert please visit our Practice Management Center.

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Medical Practices Now Need to Act Like the TSA

Yep, it's true.  Your staff needs to be comfortable asking patients for a photo ID-one that hopefully will match their insurance cards.

Why?  Because on May 1st, the so-called Red Flag rules go into effect.   These rules enforced by the FTC are designed to reduce identity theft and apply to all patients-evidently HIPAA isn't enough. 

For the rest of this article, posted in the April Business of Hand Surgery Newsletter, please visit our website.

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Call for Volunteers for AAOS Annual Meeting Program Subcommittees

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons currently has openings on its Annual Meeting Program Subcommittees. Subcommittee members are responsible for grading abstracts and symposium applications and serving as podium session moderators at the Annual Meeting.

In order to serve as a subcommittee member, the candidate must be an AAOS Fellow and be a member of the relevant specialty society. The appointment is a two-year commitment, which can be renewed once for an additional two years.

We would like to encourage qualified hand surgeons to apply for this position. A position description and the application can be found at http://www6.aaos.org/member/cap/cap.cfm.  The application deadline is May 24.

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