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 Weekly Member Update - March 29, 2013


LAST CHANCE! Register NOW for the 2013 Self-Assessment Exam!

Registration Deadline April 2
Don’t  forget to register for the Self-Assessment Exam, the deadline is Tuesday!  Take advantage of this popular self-study exercise that keeps hand and upper extremity care professionals abreast of new developments and concepts within the specialty.
April 15, 2013 is final deadline for payment of your 2013 ASSH membership dues.  You can pay online or contact Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager at or call: 312/880-1905. 
If you are a new ASSH Candidate or Affiliate Member for 2013 you cannot pay your initial dues online (if you logon it will say your membership dues are paid even though they are still outstanding) – please contact Jeanne Bloesch to verify your dues are paid for 2013.
Members with unpaid 2013 dues balances after the April 15th deadline will have their names submitted to Council for determination at the May 2013 Council Meeting.
Please contact Jeanne Bloesch – Membership Manager at or call: 312/880-1905 with any questions regarding your ASSH membership.
May 3-4, 2013 * Chicago, IL
Don’t miss lectures from the top hand care professionals on the diagnosis, treatment, and therapy of the high level athlete, learn how to work 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.  Register now!
Interested in bringing Allied Health professionals for half-off?  Contact Diana at
August 9-10, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
For more information on this opportunity to perform surgical procedures in the laboratory and bring problem cases for discussion with the experts, click hereRegister today!
Residents, fellows and active duty armed forces are invited to apply for this scholarship to attend the 31st Annual Adrian E. Flatt Residents and Fellows Conference in Hand Surgery and the 68th
Annual Meeting.  These scholarships are intended to support attendees by reducing expenses such as registration fees, travel and housing.  If you are active duty armed forces or have a resident or
fellow interested in attending the Annual Meeting, please read the requirements and submit your application here by June 1.  For questions, please contact Diana Shkap.
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand can help prepare you for the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.  Here’s how:
Register for the 2013 Comprehensive Review Course and be sure to add the AAOS General Orthopaedic Review to your registration.
Register for the 2013 Self-Assessment Exam.
Study with the 2012 Comprehensive Review Course digital capture as a USB drive or stream through our eLearning Portal.
Stream the 2012 Self-Assessment Exam through our eLearning Portal. 
Study with the Decade of Self-Assessment USB drive, which includes Self-Assessment Exams from 2001-2010.
Don’t forget that applications are due April 1 for the Basic Science grants, Clinical grants and the Andrew J. Weiland Medal Award.

March Correspondence News Now Available

Check out the March issue of Correspondence News with an article from Robert S. Reiffel, MD.
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.

Prescription for a Healthier Practice: Eliminate Expensive and Time-Consuming Manual Workers’ Compensation and Auto Claims Processing - from AMA

For this month’s practice check-up, switch from a manual claims process to electronic billing or “eBilling” for workers’ compensation and auto claims, which will help your practice reduce administrative costs, receive timely acknowledgement of your claims’ status and reduce the time it takes to submit bills. Physician practices across the nation are slashing expenses by utilizing eBilling for these claims. By doing so, they are getting paid faster and eliminating most of the hassles involved with paper billing. The AMA has developed tools to help your practice automate medical billing for workers’ compensation and auto injury. Start with the AMA’s Property and Casualty (workers' compensation and auto injury) Toolkit and sign up for AMA Practice Management Alerts for additional helpful resources.
This tip is a part of the AMA Practice Management Center’s “Prescription for a healthier practice” series to help physicians and their staff examine how their practices are performing in key administrative processes.