Weekly Member Update - May 27, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011 
Did you know that your Council met last week in Sedona, Arizona for the third Council meeting under President Daniel J. Nagle, MD?  Keep an eye out for Dr. Nagle’s upcoming Presidential Update where he will share Council’s key decisions from this meeting. 

Stumped by a tricky Carpal Tunnel case?  Or maybe you're considering a different treatment option, but would like to talk it over with a colleague, or even better, consult with a “giant.”

Post your case in the ASSH Image Library and register for the Online Consultation Corner (OCC) webinar on June 7.  Full details on case submission can be found on ASSH.org.  Be sure to post your case by Tuesday, May 31.

If you’ve got questions, ASSH has answers.  Contact us at meetings@assh.org.
The May issue of the Business of Hand Surgery Newsletter is now available.  This issue features the article “How to Get Paid Faster” by consultant Karen Zupko from KarenZupko & Associates.   Gain insight on how you can reap payments sooner
Thanks to the partnership of hundreds of donors each year the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand continues to make a difference in patient care, research, and education.  We especially thank these donors who made a contribution to the Foundation in the past week.
Paul Feldon, MD
Robert I. Gelb, MD
Alfred V. Hess, MD
Kourosh K. Jafarnia, MD
Sharon L. Kalina, MD
Brandon Z. Massey, MD
Gregory K. May, MD
Craig C. Newland, MD
Craig S. Phillips, MD
Norman K. Poppen, MD
Ralph W. Richter, Jr., MD
Frances E. Sharpe, MD
Todd C. Smith, MD
Angela A. Wang, MD
Paul Zidel, MD
You can make a difference through your contribution today, visit www.afsh.org or contact us at afsh@assh.org.

The AMA will host a webinar explaining the details of the Medicare Patient Empowerment Act at 7 p.m. Eastern time June 8. Hosted by AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD, the webinar will outline the major provisions of the bill, review the history of federal and state policy on Medicare fee limits and discuss steps that physicians can take to build support for the bill.
The Medicare Patient Empowerment Act, which has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, would provide Medicare patients with greater choice, allowing them to see the physicians they want and need to see. Federation staff members and AMA members can participate in the webinar for free.  Non-member fee is $39.  Register for the webinar today.  

The American Medical Association (AMA) announced that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed a rule that will now make significant changes to the e-prescribing penalty program by adding more exemption categories so that physicians are not unfairly penalized for failing to meet the requirements under the 2012 e-prescribing penalty program.  Read AMA's President, Cecil Wilson, MD statement
In order to avoid the 2012 e-prescribing penalty, physicians will have an opportunity to attest through an on-line web portal that they should be eligible for one of the following exemptions:

  • Physician’s practice is located in a rural area without high speed internet access
  • Physician’s practice is located in an area without sufficient available pharmacies for electronic prescribing 
  • Physician is registered to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and has adopted certified EHR technology 
  • Physician is unable to electronically prescribe due to local, State, or Federal law or Regulation (e.g., prescribes controlled substances) 
  • Physician infrequently prescribes (e.g., prescribe fewer than 10 prescriptions between January 1, 2011 –June 30, 2011) 
  • There are insufficient opportunities to report the e-prescribing measure due to program limitations 

Physicians will have to apply for an exemption from the 2012 e-prescribing penalty via the web-portal tool by October 1, 2011.  Read more about the proposed e-prescribing rules at CMS.gov.