2012 Presidential Address, The Power of Inclusion
NEJM Article Looks at Advantages, Concerns of Bundled Payments- from AAOS Headline News Now
Edward Diao, MD
Chair, Commercial Support Committee
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Last Chance to Register: Crash Course in Meaningful Use
Learn what you really need to know about the Meaningful Use financial incentive. Register today for this fast paced 60-minute webinar on Tuesday, November 27 focused on the needs of hand surgeons and their staff. Whether you are already in the process of achieving Meaningful Use or are considering Meaningful Use for future years, this webinar is for you.
Speaker Cheyenne Brinson, MBA, CPA of Karen Zupko and Associates will offer practical tips on participating in Meaningful Use. Learn more.
The ASSH, in partnership with the Plastic Surgery Foundation, is again offering the Hand Surgeon-Scientist Award to recognize a young plastic hand surgeon who has demonstrated success as both a clinician and a researcher to have sufficient protected time to develop a long and productive career in academic surgery.
The award is designed to support young faculty members at teaching institutions with accredited programs in plastic surgery who have demonstrated success in research by receiving extramural research funding – K08 or K23 awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The total amount of the award is up to $75,000 per year for up to five years, subject to annual review. This support is intended to provide salary support that will replace income lost from clinical practice because of time spent in research, as well as to help offset the recipient's reduced clinical productivity. Preference is given to fund researchers who are conducting clinical/translational research, with an emphasis on improving clinical care. The deadline to Appy is December 3. Click here to download the application.
During the 2012 ASSH Annual Meeting Presidential Address, W. P. Andrew Lee reflects upon the Power of Inclusion by tracing his personal experience from immigrating to the US, embarking upon a hand surgery career as a plastic surgeon and striving to enhance ASSH openness and member engagement. If you missed Dr. Lee's address in Chicago or you would like to watch it again, click here.
Secretary General of the International Federation of Societies for Surgery of The Hand (IFSSH) Zsolt Szabo, MD recently released the November 2012 IFSSH newsletter. Highlighted in the newsletter is an open invitation to the 12th IFSSH Congress in New Delhi. Read the complete IFSSH newsletter
An article published in the Nov. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
looks at the issue of bundled payments under Medicare. The authors discuss the four basic payment models and examine the advantages and disadvantages of the models and bundled payments in general. They point out that low- to medium-volume hospitals may see large year-to-year shifts in average spending for particular episodes, due to random variation in illness severity. The success of bundled payments initiatives, they argue, will depend on how well the system protects participants against losses resulting from both random and systematic variation in illness severity. Read more.
The November issue of AAOS Now
includes a roundtable discussion among AAOS members who have had personal experiences with bundled payment projects. Read more.