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 Weekly Member Update - May 1, 2009

 

ASSH Weekly Member Upd@te


May 1, 2009


Did You Know?
The compliance date for the new Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) "Red Flags Rule" has been pushed back to  August 1.  The rule was originally slated to take effect today, May 1, but yesterday the FTC voted to postpone the date.   

The American Medical Association (AMA) is continuing its efforts to persuade the FTC that physicians are not "creditors" and therefore should not be subject to the rule, but physician practices should be ready to comply on Friday.

Visit the AMA website for a sample policy to help physicians incorporate a simple identity theft prevention and detection program into their existing compliance and HIPAA and privacy policies.  
 

ASSH News

  • Patient Education Committee Requests Royalty Free Images
  • Call for Council Nominations - Applications Now Available
  • Third Party Fellowship Funding Now Available
  • Bunnell Traveling Fellowship Application Now Available

ASSH Courses and Meetings

  • Combined Annual Meeting ASSH & ASHT 
  • ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy Course  - Deadline extended through May 4
  • Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery 
  • AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review Course 
  • Comprehensive Review in Hand Surgery

Medical News

  • Senate Releases Health System Reform Proposal

ASSH News


Patient Education Committee Requests Royalty-Free Images

The ASSH Patient Education Committee is continually working to improve the patient education section of our website and our patient education brochures. The committee is currently in need of the following images for our Hands in Systemic Diseases web pages:

  • Terry's Nails, as seen with cardiac and liver conditions
  • Half & Half Nails, as seen with chronic renal failure
  • Splinter Hemorrhages, as seen with some cardiac and rheumatologic diseases
  • Cuticle Telangectasia, as seen with systemic lupus and other conditions
  • Rheumatoid deformities of wrist/MP and PIP joints
  • Osteoarthritic changes of thumb CMC and finger PIPs and DIPs
  • Pitted nails, as seen in Psoriasis and other conditions
  • Clubbed nails, as seen with cardiac and other conditions
  • Ischemic changes distally, as seen with Buerger's Disease & Systemic Sclerosis
  • Raynaud's changes, such as blanching, Cyanosis, Rubor
  • Gout changes, such as Finger Tophi
  • Liver Palm
  • Cuticle Granulomas, as seen with Acne Rx (Isotretinoin)

Any additional photos which show, in the hands/fingers, changes indicative of any other systemic diseases are also welcomed. If you have images that you are willing to make available to ASSH, please contact Nicole Renn at nrenn@assh.org


Call for Council Nominations - Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for open positions on Council of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  There are two open Member-at-Large at large positions, one for a member who joined ASSH before 2001, and one for a member who joined after 2001.  The Vice-president position is also open.
 
Applications are due
July 3, 2009.  Please visit our website for details about qualifications, job descriptions, terms and how to apply.  Questions can be directed to Tara Havenga ( thavenga@assh.org).
 
Online application
 


Third Party Fellowship Funding Now Available
Two new funding sources are available through OMeGA and OREF.  Both organizations are now accepting applications for fellowship funding for the 2009-2010 academic year. 

OMeGA
Grants are available for orthopaedic fellowships (up to $75,000) in nine sub-specialty areas, including hand surgery, and residency/general education (up to $5,000).  Funds will be awarded through a consistent, clearly established process, according to objective criteria, and independent of program size, personnel, or affiliation.  Funding for 2009 is limited to programs in the Americas.

Friday, May 8, 2009 is the deadline for submitting grant applications.  Please direct your questions to info@omegamedicalgrants.org.

OREF
OREF continues to seek additional industry partners in hopes of securing more funding for fellowships across the spectrum of orthopaedics, and will soon invite applications for institutional grants to enhance academic residency training programs.  Additional information, visit http://www.oref.org/.


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). 


ASSH Courses and Meetings


2009 Combined Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand & American Society of Hand Therapists
Bridges: Connecting the Past and the Future
September 3-5, 2009

Moscone West Convention Center San Francisco, CA  
Register to attend the 2009 Combined Meeting of the ASSH & ASHT!

David S. Ruch, MD
John D. Lubahn, MD, FACS
Donna Breger Stanton, MA, OTR/L, CHT, FAOTA
2009 ASSH & ASHT Program Chairs

The 2009 Combined Meeting is a forum for the most distinguished hand and upper extremity care professionals to gather together, exchange information and elevate the specialty to new heights. This convergence of the best and brightest minds in the field will enable hand professionals from around the globe to overcome adversity and obstacles and shape the future of the hand and upper extremity specialty.  With more than 3,400 physicians, therapists and related healthcare professionals specializing in hand, orthopaedic, plastic and reconstructive surgery expected to attend, the Societies' the Hand educational programming will focus on the newest developments in the field, improved surgical techniques and therapeutic options as well as other information that will enable hand care professionals to continuously improve the care they provide. Attendees can earn valuable hours of CME and CEUs as they share new concepts and review established principles of the specialty. Join us in San Francisco this fall to learn, share, network and rededicate your energy, spirit and commitment to the specialty!

2009 Key Offerings Include:

CME CREDIT HOURS
The ASSH designates this educational activity for a maximum of 39.00 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.

Visit the ASSH/ASHT Combined Meeting website to learn more or jump straight to registration to sign up today!

LOGIN INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS - ALL ASSH Members already have login information for the ASSH website. DO NOT "CREATE A RECORD" to register for the 2009 Combined ASSH/ASHT Meeting.  If you do this, you will be charged NON-MEMBER pricing. 

If you do not know your login information please contact the ASSH Central Office at (847) 384-8300 or email membership@assh.org and your login information will be provided.


2009 ASHT/ASSH Advances in Hand Therapy: Surgeons and Therapists Working Together
Hilton Nashville Downtown Hotel
May 15-16, 2009

Registration Deadline:
Extended through May 4, 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 17.50 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. 


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.


2009 AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review
Hyatt Regency Chicago
July 9, 2009
Registration Deadline: June 29, 2009
Online Registration 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.


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.


Medical News


Senate Releases Health System Reform Proposals

On Tuesday afternoon Senators Baucus (D-MT) and Grassley (R-IA) released the first of three policy option papers on health system reform.  The paper outlines proposals for ways to reform the health care delivery system, addressing key physician policy issues such as Medicare physician payment, care coordination, the Physician Quality Improvement Program, and the physician workforce. 

Later in May, the Finance Committee intends to release papers addressing health care coverage and financing proposals. 

The deadline for submitting public comments on the options set forth in the paper is May 15.  The Committee intends to mark up comprehensive health system reform legislation in June.

The AMA is in the process of analyzing the paper and will provide additional information when that work is completed. 


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