One Question: Web and App Usage
One Question Results: JHS Access
Registration is Now Open: Comprehensive Review and General Orthopaedic Review
July 11-14, 2013 * Chicago, IL
Congratulations to Recent Appointees
Committee Application Process Opens February 4
Last Chance to Earn 2012 CME From JHS
Final Reminder: Deadline to Request Exemption from ePrescribing Penalty Is Jan. 31 - from AMA
Thank You to AFSH Donors
Warren Hammert, MD
Chair, Resident Education Committee
The Resident Education Committee assists in coordinating ongoing policy for education of residents and fellows in hand and upper extremity surgery. We are in the process of creating a new “Resident eBook” (formal name to be determined). In an effort to determine the most beneficial format, we have surveyed residents and fellows throughout the U.S. Currently, residents use multiple sources for learning, including textbooks, online questions and videos.
The new book will be an update of the previous ASSH Manual of Hand Surgery in electronic format, with the addition of video content, as well as links to classic JHS articles and abstracts from other journals. Our goal is to make this the “go-to source” for resident education.
The success of this committee has resulted from the contribution of all members. The educational process is constantly evolving and the diverse backgrounds of the committee members have helped provide insight on the best methods to educate residents, which will enable us as a group to continue to attract the brightest, most talented residents into hand and upper extremity surgery.
If you have an interest in resident education, consider volunteering for the committee; applications are due on March 22, 2013. If you have experience making surgical videos and would like to contribute to this project, please contact me and we will be happy to include you.
What is the app you use most and has the greatest value to you on your smartphone or tablet?
What website has the greatest value to you in your professional and clinical life?
Last week, we asked members about how they access the Journal of Hand Surgery. Here are the results:
||Twice per month
||Less than once per month
|JHS printed copy
|Directly through the JHS website
|Through the ASSH website
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Whether you are preparing to take the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand or simply need an overall review, our first-rate faculty
will deliver! Join us for three days filled with relevant concepts in anatomy, biomechanics and pathology, as well as diagnostic and treatment methods related to hand, wrist and elbow surgery. Expect to see:
- High yield key concepts
- Testable evidence behind current practice trends
- An abundance of test questions and answers
- And more. See the course program.
As part of your registration fee, you will receive a print syllabus and downloadable digital syllabus at the course, and a full screen PDF of the presentations for continued review after the course.
: If you are preparing for the general orthopaedics section of the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand, be sure to include the AAOS/ASSH General Orthopaedic Review
in your registration. This additional fee program is held the day before the Comprehensive Review course (July 11), this is a lively and convenient program with all of the generally accepted principles of orthopaedics that you need to study. Our skilled faculty knows what you need to know and will give a focused, straightforward review of the other orthopaedic specialty areas on the exam. Register today
President Ed Akelman, MD, and President-elect Scott Kozin, MD, have recently appointed five individuals to the Committee Advisory Group, the Nominating Advisory Group and the Program Advisory Group, three programs which are essential to the success of ASSH.
Committee Advisory Group (CAG)
Chuck Goldfarb, MD, has joined CAG as a member-at-large for a second year in a row. His re-appointment is in addition to the appointment of Ann Van Heest, MD, who will serve on CAG for the first time. Dr. Van Heest joins CAG as a representative of the Diversity Committee. Her position is one that is filled by varying committees each year. Both new CAG members join a productive group that advises the Presidential Line and ensures ASSH’s committees are running effectively.
Nominating Advisory Group (NAG)
Lana Kang, MD, has been re-appointed and will remain a member of NAG for the second year in a row. Dr. Kang represents the Diversity Committee, joining representatives from the Physician Reimbursement and Coding Committee, the Research Management Committee and the Young Members Steering Committee. This group will continue to encourage members to apply for ASSH Council positions and provide recommendations regarding those applications.
Program Advisory Group (PAG)
Council members Michelle Carlson, MD, and Bill Seitz, MD, have joined PAG as first-time members. They will join President Akelman and Past President W.P. Andrew Lee, MD in reviewing a portion of ASSH programs and ensuring those programs continue to provide benefits for ASSH members.
Congratulations to Drs. Goldfarb, Van Heest, Kang, Carlson and Seitz on their recent appointments.
Are you interested in volunteering with the Hand Society? Serving on an ASSH committee is a great way to make an impact, not only within the organization, but also on the profession of hand and upper extremity surgery. ASSH will be accepting committee applications beginning February 4, 2013. Look for more information on how to apply in the coming weeks.
ASSH has a committee to cater to every interest. Find the volunteer opportunity that is right for you by visiting our volunteer web page
for a complete list of committees, a link to our new
Remember: The 2012 JHS CME Exams expire on January 31st, so be sure to visit http://jhandsurg.org/cme/home
if you would like to earn up to 24.00 AMA Category 1 credits for 2012!
Physicians who were unable to file for a Medicare ePrescribing hardship exemption by the original deadline have until Jan. 31, 2013 to avoid the 1.5 percent payment penalty in 2013.
Acting upon AMA requests, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has re-opened the Communications Support web page
to allow physicians who missed the June 30, 2012 deadline to file for an exemption.
Physicians may request a waiver of the 2013 penalty under any of the following categories:
- The physician is unable to ePrescribe as a result of local, state or federal law or regulation.
- The physician wrote fewer than 100 prescriptions during the period of Jan. 1–June 30, 2012.
- The physician practices in a rural area that doesn't have sufficient high-speed Internet access.
- The physician practices in an area that doesn't have enough pharmacies that can do ePrescribing.
CMS also added two hardship categories for those participating in Medicare’s electronic health record meaningful use program. Physicians do not need to apply for an exemption related to these meaningful use hardship categories; CMS will automatically determine whether physicians meet those requirements.
Physicians can contact CMS’s QualityNet Help Desk at (866) 288-8912 or via email with questions or for assistance submitting their hardship exemption requests. Support is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday.
Physicians who use Apple computers may experience technical problems; CMS encourages them to contact the Help Desk for assistance.
Hardship exemption requests for the 2014 payment penalty will be accepted during a separate period this year.
For more information on the Medicare ePrescribing Program, please visit the AMA’s website
Yorell Manon-Matos, MD
Rodrigo Neira, MD
John D. Opgrande, MD
Mitchell B. Rotman, MD
Gordon M. Singer, MD
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