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 Weekly Member Update - September 6, 2013



Vote Now on the 2013 Members Business Meeting Agenda

House Committees Explore Efforts to Modernize Medicare - from AAOS



A Welcome from the 2013 Annual Meeting Program Chairs

Watch a VIV (very important video) from the program chairs (and Siri):

Click on the image above to view an invitation from Annual Meeting co-chairs Michael Hausman, MD and Fraser Leversedge, MD.

How Will You Access the 2013 Annual Meeting Program?

Planning to use a paper program?  There is not one.
Planning to use a tablet? Great news!  Our app was made with you in mind.
Planning to use your phone?  Read this…
We will not be printing a program this year.  Instead, we are offering more content than ever, and it will all be available online and through our meeting app:  You can download it to your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet.  If you have a Blackberry or Windows phone, you can use the mobile-optimized meeting website (though you will need an internet connection).
Test the app out: we think you are going to like it.  If you find that the screen on your phone is
not large enough, consider reserving an iPad to use at the meeting.  Here’s an example of a tablet view vs. a phone view:
If you do not have a mobile device of any kind, please reserve an iPad through ASSHUnless you are planning to bring a binder of printed information you made at home, you need the app for this meeting. Contact Becca ( for information or to place your order today – it’s only $50 for the week.  The deadline is September 13, which is next week, so act now!

Missing the Annual Meeting? Try Live Streaming

Unable to join us in San Francisco this year?  We’ll miss you, but we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to participate.
Join our live streaming sessions on Thursday, October 3rd.  Stream two sessions on your computer, and participate in the live question and answer session:
Precourse 9: Ulnar Wrist Reconstruction and Salvage​
Thursday, October 3, 7:00 - 11:00 AM PT
Instructional Course 1: Surgical Techniques to Reconstruct the Post-Traumatic and Congenitally Deficient Thumb
Thursday, October 3, 4:30 - 6:00 PM PT
February 7-8, 2014
Hyatt Regency New Orleans

The 2014 Electives in Hand Surgery Course is designed to help both surgeons and therapists master anatomical knowledge of common conditions from the fingertip to the shoulder.
In addition to common conditions treated in the upper extremity, topics that are infrequently seen
in educational forums but are clinically common will be covered, including:
  • Benign hand and wrist tumors
  • Compartment syndromes
  • Ulnar-sided wrist pain
  • Common conditions involving the shoulder and elbow
The Course will offer concurrent programming on Friday and Saturday morning, giving attendees the choice of which topic best meets their needs.  Check out our program and register today!

Clinical Question Results

Last week, Young Ryan Katz, MD asked members about your protocols for rehabilitation after
perilunate dislocations, and many of you weighed in with your opinion.
The future of hand surgery is in your hands!  Apply to  host an ASSH Visiting Professor, an accomplished plastic hand surgeon who will spend a full 1 to 2 days with your plastic surgery residents, encouraging them to pursue a career in hand surgery.  The visits generally include lectures, discussions, and cadaver dissection (if available).
This year’s visiting professors are J. Grant Thomson, MD from Yale University and David T. Netscher, MD with Baylor College of Medicine.  The professors will visit up to 6 plastic surgery programs in 2014.
Visit the ASSH Plastic Surgery Visiting Professor Program webpage for more information and instructions on how to apply.  Applications are due Monday, September 16, 2013.

Vote Now on the 2013 Members Business Meeting Agenda

You suggested various topics for the 2013 Members Business Meeting agenda, and we listened!  Now, it’s time to finalize the agenda. The final topics up for consideration are:
  • Workers' compensation
  • Re-certification and MOC: Streamlining the process        
  • Selecting future sites for Annual Meeting            
  • Understanding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
  • Membership value with respect to digital educational material, a digital version of JHS, and digital Annual Meetings
Vote now for the topics on your priority list. This year’s Members Business Meeting will take place at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco on Thursday, October 3 at 11:30 a.m.
All votes are due by Wednesday, September 18.


House Committees Explore Efforts to Modernize Medicare - from AAOS

The House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees on August 29, 2013 released the first paper in a series examining the flaws in the Medicare program and outlining opportunities for reform.  According to a press release, the series, Modernizing Medicare for the 21st Century, will outline a bipartisan approach that “will both protect beneficiaries and reduce costs.”  With these papers, the committee members are seeking “to initiate a discussion on how to protect seniors and place the Medicare program on sound financial footing.”
According to the August 29th release, the first installment of the Modernizing Medicare for the
21st Century series examines (1) the traditional Medicare cost-sharing framework and the impact
current thresholds have on beneficiaries (2) the impact of supplemental coverage with low cost-
sharing requirements that reduce incentives to seek cost-effective care; and (3) how modernizing
the traditional cost-sharing features could better align beneficiary incentives, ensure beneficiaries greater out-of-pocket predictability and reduce overall Medicare costs.  Read more.

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.
John T. Camp, MD
Joseph P. Cullen, MD
Randolph J. Ferlic, MD
James Warren Fletcher, MD
Carl H. Kirchhoff, MD
Charles S. Lane, MD
Bernard K. Maupin, MD
Robert Pae, MD
James R. Post, MD
Raymond B. Raven, MD, MBA
William D. Rogers, MD
Nicholas E. Rose, MD
Steven S. Shin, MD
Christian Woodbury, MD
Joan F. Wright, MD
Please join the ASSH in Thanking the Indianapolis Hand Society Hand Club for sponsoring two Annual Meeting Resident/Fellow Scholarships.