Edward Akelman, MD
Every year, ASSH members apply to join one of our many committees. This year, however, the interest in volunteering with the Hand Society was at an all-time high. I'm happy to report that we broke records with 134 member surgeons applying this year, all of whom were placed on a committee. The number of applications received this year is more than double the number of applications in recent years.
There is no doubt that the surge in volunteerism is a result of Past President W.P. Andrew Lee, MD, and his push to involve more of our members from all practice settings and in all phases of their medical careers. The ASSH Council is well aware that our Society would not flourish without the willingness of our members to volunteer. Our success depends on it, and the enthusiasm this year gives us comfort in knowing we will continue to be successful for decades to come.
In looking at the details of committee applications this year, Candidate Members and Active Members who have been part of the Society fewer than eight years made up more than half the applications combined. The interest showcased by our younger members ensures that our leadership will remain strong and continue leading the Hand Society in the right direction.
As President of this Society, I encourage your involvement whether you are a new member, young member, long-time member or lifetime member. We welcome all volunteers, and I look forward to strengthening the ASSH with the help of our membership.
The Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for two open positions on ASSH Council: Vice President and Member-at-Large. Take advantage of this opportunity to join our leadership, and apply now! In addition to making the most important decisions that affect the Hand Society, Council members participate in special projects and task forces and lead various ASSH committees.
Applicants must be an active member and should already have history of service to the Hand Society which may include service on committees or task forces, service as a course Chair, speaker or instructor, and time spent on special projects or Hand Society initiatives. Nominees will be announced at the Members Business Meeting at Annual Meeting, during which all active members will cast a vote. Council terms will begin immediately at Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
This year’s Annual Meeting
in San Francisco is full of fresh ideas and ASSH “firsts.” We’re excited about all of them, but here are our Top Ten Improvements to the 2013 Annual Meeting, because this year is not business as usual.
10. Free Wi-Fi throughout the entire meeting space.
9. Podcasts of abstract submissions available during and after the meeting.
6. Instantly send questions to moderators during live streaming sessions
5. Watch live streaming sessions from home (more info coming soon)
4. Rent an iPad
during the meeting to access the improved meeting app
2. Over 50% more scientific content
And, drum roll please – the number one improvement for the 2013 ASSH Annual Meeting is…
1. Paperless! All content can be accessed through our meeting app or online.
A recording of last months’s webinar, “Scapholunate Instability Consultation Corner,” is now available free of cost to members, residents and fellows through the ASSH eLearning Portal
. The 63 minute webinar, moderated by Warren C. Hammert, MD, Keith A. Segalman, MD, Robert J. Strauch, MD and host, Scott D. Lifchez, MD explores treatment options for 7 cases of scapholunate instability.
The Online Consultation Corner (OCC) is intended to make the popular Clinical Consultation Corner from the ASSH Annual Meeting into a program that can be accessed remotely throughout the year.
IFSSH is proud to bring you the May issue of the IFSSH Ezine, a digital publication available to the global Hand Surgery and Hand Therapy communities. Click here
to view the Ezine.
Are you interested in volunteering abroad? Health Volunteers Overseas is offering the following opportunity relevant to hand and upper-extremity specialists:
Volunteers needed for 2-4 week assignments in 2013. Volunteers provide teaching and training to surgeons at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. Those specializing in trauma, pediatrics, and hand surgery are needed. Please contact their program department
for more information.
As the Oct. 1, 2014, implementation deadline for ICD-10 draws closer, legislation was introduced in the US House of Representatives Wednesday to bar the federal government from rolling out the new code set.
The Cutting Costly Codes Act, introduced by Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, would prohibit the US Department of Health and Human Services from implementing, administering or enforcing current regulations that require the new code set to take effect and would commission a federal study to identify ways to mitigate disruptions caused by any replacement of the ICD-9 code set.
Voicing strong agreement with the bill, the AMA on Friday sent a letter of support to Poe.
"The differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10 are substantial, and physicians are overwhelmed with the prospect of the tremendous administrative and financial burdens of transitioning to the ICD-10 diagnosis code set with its 68,000 codes—a five-fold increase from the approximately 13,000 diagnosis codes currently in ICD-10," the letter states. Read more
Alan N. Ertel, MD
Mitchell B. Rotman, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Steven C. Winters, MD
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