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 Weekly Member Update - March 1, 2013


Thank You to AFSH Donors


John G. Seiler, III, MD
AFSH 25th Anniversary Campaign Chair
On behalf of all the Trustees, I want to thank the 608 individual donors who gave to the Foundation during 2012.  Thank you.
Some of those donations were included with ASSH meeting registrations or with dues renewals.  Some donations were made in memory or in honor of another person who has shaped our profession.  And some of those donations were pledge commitments in honor of the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary.  
The 25th Anniversary is a chance for all of us to make a bigger impact on our profession.  By contributing, we improve our evidence, educate our members, increase patients’ access to care, add to outreach and increase our self-sufficiency.  In truth, the 608 of us can’t do it without the rest of you.  A contribution to the AFSH is taking a stake in our future. 
I hope you’ll be part of it today.
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Last week, Past President Daniel Nagle, MD and coding expert, Mary LeGrand asked members for input to help them design their upcoming coding precourse at the 68th ASSH Annual Meeting in San Francisco, October 3-5 2013.
If you have a suggestion for a One Question Survey, we would welcome your input!  Just email your idea to
Deadline: March 4
Don’t miss the opportunity to present your research at the 68th Annual Meeting by submitting an abstract for a scientific paper and e-poster.
Scientific Papers are selected for Clinical Paper Sessions as five-minute presentations during the general sessions while e-posters are selected as displays at kiosks and are available for viewing before, during and after the Annual Meeting.  (E-Poster deadline is March 25.)
Review the Call for Abstracts and submit your proposals today!


Comprehensive Care of the High Level Athlete - Buy one registration, get 50% off registrations for Allied Health colleagues

Register today for this course and receive 50% off the registration for any of your Allied Health colleagues!  Bring your colleague to Chicago to attend this dynamic program that will focus on common hand and wrist injuries in elite athletes.
You will hear lectures from the top hand care professionals on the diagnosis, treatment, and therapy of the high level athlete, learn how to deal with 3rd parties (agent, lawyer, psychologist, chiropractor), and participate in special panel discussions with athletic trainers and athletes from Northwestern University and the Chicago Bears.  For more information, click here.
In order to receive this special discount, please follow these instructions:
  • Download the registration form
  • Fill out one form for you and one for your colleague (If your colleague has already registered, please add their name to your registration form with the discount code)
  • Include on both registration forms "BOGO50"
  • Email or mail both forms together to:
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
PO Box 6500
Chicago, IL 60680
This course will take place at the Palmer House Hilton, located in downtown Chicago.  This AAA four-diamond rated hotel has been hosting visitors to the Chicago Loop for over 140 years.  Today, the Palmer House Hilton continues to thrive in the heart of the theatre and financial district, just steps from the Art Institute, Millennium Park and State Street shopping.  Rooms will be available for $184/night.  If the room block fills prior to the deadline, the hotel cannot guarantee availability and/or the meeting rate.  Please reserve your room early!  Reserve a room online or call (877) 865-5321 and use code HLA to receive the special ASSH rate of $184/night.
The Clinical Research Grant in Arthritis competition is open to submissions on clinical topics, including trials of treatment or rehabilitation, diagnosis, outcomes research and health services
research.  The main requirement is that the focus be a clinical question relating to arthritis in the hand or wrist.  Preference will be given to clinical trials that are multicenter in nature.  For
this competition a multicenter study must involve collaborating centers from different institutions.  The inclusion of multiple teaching centers from one university will not be considered a multicenter design.
Award: The award is for $100,000 over two years.
Application: Applicants should use the standard AFSH submission guidelines for clinical research applications, which include having an ASSH member on the investigative team.  Applications must be a maximum of ten pages in length.  Submissions longer than this will not be considered.  The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013.
Learn more about the Clinical Arthritis Grant.

On Friday, March 1, the automatic sequestration of federal spending is scheduled to take effect.  The Medicare provider cuts are treated differently under the law, and will be limited to 2 percent regardless of how much time has passed since the beginning of the fiscal year.  And, although the official sequester order is to be issued on March 1, the AMA has been informed that the Medicare provider payment cuts will not take effect until April 1.
Certain details of the Medicare sequester still have not been made public.  For example, the AMA does not know if the 2 percent payment cut will be applied to allowed charges under the Medicare physician fee schedule (and so affect beneficiary copayments), or if it will be applied only to the physician’s Medicare claims payment.  It also is not clear whether the cuts will be applied to claims with a date of service on or after April 1, or to all claims payments made on or after April 1.
State-by-state fact sheets developed by the AMA on the impact of both SGR and sequester cuts  can be found here.


February Correspondence News Now Available

Check out the February issue of Correspondence News with articles from Ann Porretto-Loehrke, PT, DPT, CHT, COMT; Mark E. Pruzansky, MD, PC; and Austin D. Potenza, MD, FACS.
This week on the Listserv, members have been sharing stories and experiences with patients who have received unnecessary tests and treatments from their primary care provider before referring them to specialist care, as well as the role of these superfluous expenditures on increasing the cost of healthcare in this country.
Have you seen a particularly memorable example of this pattern in your own practice?  Are you frustrated with the care your patients have received from a PCP?
If you have already signed up for the ASSH Physician Listserv, you can contribute to the discussion by visiting the archives and scrolling down to the thread titled, "You specialists are driving up the cost of health care!" 
If you don't remember your Listserv password, you can reset your password here.
The ASSH Physician Listserv is a place where members can collaborate on clinical questions, share tips and techniques and interact with other members.  To sign up for the Listserv, visit the Listserv page.

ASSH Job Board Can Help You Find What You're Looking For

Explore career opportunities anytime of the day or night with JobTarget.  Visit the ASSH Online Career Center at  The site, which is being upgraded to improve the user experience, offers a host of services for various needs:
Job Seekers
  • Post an anonymous resume
  • View jobs
  • Create a Job Alert, and new jobs that match your search will be emailed to you
  • Create a Job Seeker Account
  • Post a job
  • View resumes
  • Utilize recruitment products
In addition to helping job seekers and employers/recruiters, the Job Board can even help you sell your practice.
David H. Hildreth, MD
Edward H. Holliger, IV, MD
Jonathan E. Isaacs, MD
Mary Ling, MD
Edward R. North, MD
George A. Pianka, MD
Anthony M. Sestero, MD
James B. Slattery, MD
Derek Younge, MD
And join us in thanking our corporate contribution of 2 68th Annual Meeting Resident/Fellow Scholarships: