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 Weekly Member Update - April 5, 2013

ASSH Self-Assessment Exam Offers 20 CME Credits at a Low Price - Registration Deadline
Extended to April 15, 2013

Volunteer Note

Scott D. Lifchez, MD, FACS
Online Consultation Corner Host, Program Chair
The ASSH is having its next Online Consultation Corner (OCC) on Monday, April 15 at 8:30 PM EDT.  We are looking forward to an engaging, informative discussion of scapholunate ligament injuries and instability.  Panelists will be: Warren Hammert from the University of Rochester, Keith Segalman from the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, and Robert Strauch from Columbia/New York Presbyterian Hospital.  I will serve as the moderator for this OCC session.
The Online Consultation Corner began in 2011 with the goal of creating a web-based model of the Consultation Corner which has been so successful at the ASSH annual meeting.  The OCC program was run by Dr. Ghazi Rayan in 2011 and had three well-attended events over the course of the year (The topics were scaphoid nonunion, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fingertip reconstruction.).  The three OCCs in 2012 (thumb CMC arthritis, Kienbock disease, and PIP fracture dislocations) were also well-received.  The program is run as a webinar with three faculty presenting on the topic and answering attendees’ questions.
Registration for the webinar is free.  Attendees can ask questions of the panelists in real time.  Attendees are encouraged to submit cases for the panel to discuss.  Please submit your cases to  We’re looking forward to another excellent discussion and hope you will join us.

ASSH Self-Assessment Exam Offers 20 CME Credits at a Low Price - Registration Deadline Extended to April 15, 2013

There is still time to register for the Self-Assessment Exam!  This self-study product is the best value for your CME dollar you will find anywhere.  And you can complete this online test in the comfort of your home or office - no travelling costs and no time away from your practice!
Our online exam enables you to:
  • Take the exam up to three times to meet the minimum passing score of 50%
  • View images and videos for an enhanced test experience
  • Pause the test at any time and save your progress
  • See answers and full discussion immediately after completing the test 
It's the same high-quality exam you've come to expect, with faster results and more flexibility for you.  
Not sure if you are registered? Check our registration list, as of Friday, April 5.  
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 312/880-1905. 
If you are a new ASSH Candidate or Affiliate Member for 2013 you cannot pay your initial dues online (If you login 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 312/880-1905 with any questions regarding your ASSH membership.


Earn 31.50 hours of CME in 4 Days: Register for Comprehensive Review and General Orthopaedic Review

 July 11-14, 2013 * Chicago
The ASSH Comprehensive Review Course, offering 22.75 hours of CME, is designed as an advanced review course and update for practicing hand surgeons as well as Residents and Fellows in training.
Expect to see:
  • Key, high yield concepts
  • Testable evidence behind current practice trends
  • An abundance of test questions and answers
  • Lots more. See the course program.
The General Orthopaedic Review, offering 8.75 hours of CME, prepares you for the general orthopaedic questions on the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand.  Held just one day prior to the Comprehensive Review course, this is a convenient opportunity to review generally accepted principles of orthopaedics across the specialties and prepare to maintain your certification.  If you are an AAOS Member, but not an ASSH Member, call the ASSH office at (312)880.1900 for your AAOS member discount code for the General Orthopaedic Review.  Register today!
The ASSH is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Advanced Techniques in Reconstructive Elbow Surgery

August 9-10, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
Join us for a state-of-the-art course on open and arthroscopic techniques of elbow surgery.  The program will include lectures, panel discussions and hands-on training in the cadaver laboratory.
Specific techniques covered in detail include:
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Instability
  • Elbow Fractures
  • Arthroplasty
Take advantage of this opportunity to perform surgical procedures in the laboratory and bring problem cases for discussion with the experts.  Check out the course brochure and register today!

Patient Education at Your Fingertips

These easy-to-understand patient oriented brochures provide straightforward descriptions of a variety of hand and upper-extremity conditions.  Designed to provide your patients with take-away information on a diagnosis, these brochures are popular in offices across the country.  There is plenty of room for additional notes, physician comments and follow-up treatment instructions.  Each pack contains 25 brochures.  Order today.  Gone digital?  Refer your patients to our website.

Listserv Hot Topic: Distal Radius Malunion

This week, a member requested opinions regarding treatment of a patient with a distal radius malunion.  Other listserv users weighed in with their expertise, offering potential courses of treatment and advice based on their experience.  Do you have any useful advice to share on this topic?
Do you have a complicated case for which you would like a second opinion, or would benefit from the experiences of your peers?
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, "Distal Radius Malunion."  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.


Health Volunteers Overseas Announces New Program in Bolivia

Health Volunteers Overseas announced this week the launch of a new orthopaedics program in La Paz, Bolivia at Hospital Arco Iris (HAI) in partnership with HOPE worldwide
This program seeks to improve the quality of orthopaedic services to patients at HAI by updating and broadening the skills and knowledge of surgeons, interns and nurses, with a focus on arthroscopy, complex trauma, pediatric spine, microsurgery and any other areas identified by the site.
HVO will offer three 6-8 week training courses with specified clinical topics each year.  Two to three HVO volunteers will lead each course and volunteer assignments will be for a minimum of two weeks during the training course period.  Volunteers must be board eligible/certified in orthopaedics and hold a current license.  Retired orthopaedists may also volunteer, and final-year residents and fellows are eligible to volunteer if paired with an attending physician.  For more information, contact their program department.


House Leaders Move Forward on SGR Replacement Proposal - from AAOS Headline News Now

Leaders of the US House of Representatives have released additional details regarding a proposal to repeal and replace the current Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) system.  In an open letter to healthcare providers, the chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have outlined a process to reward providers for high-quality and efficient care in the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) program.  The proposal includes processes to determine quality and efficiency measures that focus on evidence, while remaining flexible and specialty-specific.  The committees state that they recognize the role that specialty-specific registries play in facilitating quality improvement while minimizing provider participation burden.  Read more.


CMS to Slow Down Stage 3 Meaningful Use Plans - from AMA

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is applying the brakes to its fast-moving plans for the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use program, thanks to efforts by the AMA.
Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced in March that the rulemaking process for Stage 3 won't take place in 2013 as anticipated.  Rather, the agency will pause to assess the program's success and review input from physicians and others in the health care industry.  Tavenner emphasized that the agency intends to use the delay to focus on achieving greater interoperability across EHR systems and boosting the exchange of health information.
In formal comments on Stage 3 submitted earlier this year, the AMA urged CMS to evaluate the program's earlier stages and resolve existing problems before moving forward with new rules.
The AMA will continue to advocate for improvements to the meaningful use program and work with CMS to ensure Stage 3 requirements are both reasonable and achievable for physicians in all specialties and practice settings.  Read more.
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