Jeffrey Greenberg, MD
Editor, Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain: A Master Skills Publication
Volunteerism is a key element to the success of our organization. The educational mission could not be satisfied without the voluntary efforts of our members who devote countless hours to leadership, committee activities, organizing and participating in courses and scientific writing. The most recent addition to the Master Skills Series published by the ASSH is a prime example of the high quality products created with the efforts of many volunteer educators.
Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain is the latest addition to the Master Skills Series published and presented by the ASSH. It is the first publication devoted solely to addressing ulnar sided disorders. This text is divided into 30 chapters and will take the reader through the entire spectrum of disorders and dysfunction. The chapters are presented by experts who elucidate nuances and details in a fashion that is appropriate for students of all levels: from those in the early phases of their training to experienced surgeons. The authors’ presentations incorporate and integrate years of experience and patient contact with current treatment recommendations. Contemporary literature pertinent to their individual topics is highlighted in the chapter bibliographies. I am sure that the student, at any level, will find this book educational, innovative, and informative, and it will be a welcome addition to their print or e-library.
On a personal note, I am deeply indebted to all of the authors who volunteered to contribute to this project. On a voluntary basis, they have devoted countless hours of their time and expertise to produce an outstanding text that should enhance any wrist surgeon’s library.
Today is the last day to register for the 2013 ASSH Annual Meeting in San Francisco
! This year’s meeting will be unlike any other, with 50% more scientific content, ground breaking use of technology, the launch of the ASSH textbook and much more, so you gotta be there. Download the app in advance to see everything that has been planned, and start planning your trip today. Click here to register
November 8-9, 2013 * Rosemont, IL
Attention Surgeons who treat fractures and are interested in the latest techniques and treatment approaches: Register for Master Skills Course: Management of Complex Trauma in the Upper Extremity
. The faculty is a Who’s-Who of hand surgery, trauma surgery in particular. The interactive course format along with the ability to approach faculty at the breaks and reception will allow you to get all your questions answered by the experts. You should leave feeling well grounded in upper extremity trauma. Check out our program
and register today
Only three days left to apply for an ASSH Visiting Professor! Apply to host a 2013-2014 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.
We hear you loud and clear! Your suggestions for the 2013 Members Business Meeting agenda have come to life. Vote now
on the topics below to finalize this year’s agenda:
- 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
All votes must be in by Wednesday, September 18. 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.
A new toolkit
released by the AMA can help physicians navigate sweeping new revisions to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. Physicians must comply with them by Sept. 23.
Among the key changes doctors must make for the Sept. 23 deadline are new agreements with business associates that handle patient information and privacy notices to share with patients and increased security measures for patient data.
Physicians can turn to the AMA’s free toolkit for initial guidance in meeting the new requirements. The toolkit offers practical resources physicians can begin using in their practices:
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the 563-page HIPAA omnibus rule
in January, revising and extending required safeguards for protected health information and expanding individual rights of patients. The updated law also tightens requirements on physicians when patient information is breached. As a result, physician practices could face more legal scrutiny and higher fines in the event of an information breach.
The AMA has embarked on a grassroots campaign that will ramp up this fall to put concerted pressure on members of Congress to once and for all repeal Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement. An important component of this effort will be an interactive website - FixMedicareNow.org
. The site will engage both patients and physicians in the campaign to repeal the SGR, and also educate policymakers on Capitol Hill on the urgent need to do so. Moreover, the site will function as a recruitment tool, enlisting Americans from all walks of life and all over the country to sign-up and join the campaign via social media channels and a variety of online marketing efforts; an advocacy platform that integrates grassroots alerts and calls to action for activists to email, call, and utilize social media to spur lawmakers to act; and an interactive information portal that will house videos, online info-graphics, and other resources that effectively make the case for SGR repeal.
today and help the AMA to eliminate what for more than a decade has been the SGR’s barrier to improving quality and moving toward better health care delivery for Americans reliant on Medicare.
Kyle D. Bickel, MD
Heidi Taylor Bloom, MD
Deborah C. Bohn-Kietzer, MD
Jack Choueka, MD
Jonathan F. Cook, MD
Sheila G. Lindley, MD
Danielle Roesmann, CMP
Milan K. Sen, MD
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