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 Weekly Member Update - October 25, 2013


Scott H. Kozin, MD
ASSH President
The ASSH International Traveling Fellows Program has drawn international surgeons to our members’ facilities and our Annual Meeting for more than 10 years.  Each year, we accept applications from countries all over the world and choose one fellow per country to attend the Annual Meeting free of charge and visit our U.S. members in the weeks before and after the meeting.  Since 2000, our list of ASSH volunteer traveling fellow hosts has grown to 70 individuals, all willing to open their facilities to our international friends and provide them with an educational experience they will never forget.
This year, we welcomed 10 traveling fellows from eight different countries: Austria, Egypt, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Turkey, and the UK.  I am ecstatic to report that they visited 17 of our members’ facilities!
  • Duke University
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Mount Sinai
  • Shriners Hospital for Children
  • Southern Illinois Hand Center
  • Stanford University Medical Center
  • Texas Orthopedic Hospital
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • The Buncke Clinic, San Francisco
  • The Philadelphia Hand Center
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • Washington University in St. Louis
I couldn’t be more proud of our membership for welcoming these international fellows with open arms.  As one of this year’s hosts, I witnessed this rewarding process firsthand.  Not only did the traveling fellows learn from me, but also I learned from them, and I encourage all ASSH members to volunteer for this program in the future.  Thank you to all members who hosted a traveling fellow this year.
 Happy Halloween from Shriners and our 2013 traveling fellows, Kensuke Ochi, MD and Mostafa Mahmoud, MD!
To lay the technological foundation for the introduction of Hand-e in December, ASSH must upgrade a number of our web and software systems.  In order for us to deliver Hand-e to members on time, the first of these upgrades will take place on Monday, October 28, 2013.  For the following business week, our website will be under construction, and some services on the site will be unavailable.  Services that will be unavailable during this time include:
  • Profile updates
  • CME claim
  • Product purchases
  • Meeting registration
During the site outage, you will still be able to:
  • Log in to the website
  • Access members-only content such as the Member Directory and Correspondence News
  • Access JHS through the ASSH website
  • Access the eLearning Portal
We anticipate a return of this service by Friday, November 1.  If you need to order a product or
register for a meeting, please call (312) 880-1900 between 7:30 AM and 5:30 PM CST or email, and a staff person will assist you.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may

Call for ASSH Hand-e Content Editor

Review the information below and express your interest in the position by sending a letter of
interest that includes any relevant experience and qualities along with your CV to Jessica Daniels,  Deadline to apply is Monday, November 4.
The Hand-e Content Editor will facilitate the continued development of Hand-e content to be a 
current and relevant resource within the ASSH website for hand surgeons at every stage of their
The Hand-e Content Editor will oversee the curation of ASSH resources available from multiple
sources, both established and burgeoning, in the Hand Society library into the digital space
referred to as Hand-e.  In doing so, the Hand-e Content Editor will:
  • liaise with existing volunteers in the structure of the ASSH Practice division to facilitate inclusion of relevant content from existing ASSH newsletters, webinars and other offerings into Hand-e collections,
  • liaise with ASSH Textbook Managing Editor, JHS Editor in Chief and other textbook/publication editors to coordinate Hand-e content curation,
  • liaise with ASSH staff to ensure that courses and Annual Meeting content are captured and incorporated in Hand-e collections to the extent that the Hand-e budget allows,
  • be aware of the development of any new online CME offerings and insure promotion and/or integration of those offerings within the Hand-e site,
  • insure that the content within the Hand-e platform meets the need of surgeons at all levels of their careers,
  • develop and implement a process for vetting, reviewing and/or retiring new and existing content,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer research and curriculum editor to facilitate continued growth of resources and collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer image curator for Hand-e collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer video editor/curator for Hand-e collections,
  • oversee newly appointed volunteer social media curator.
The description of the Hand-e Content Editor role is subject to modification during the development of this resource.
Additional qualifications:
Current ASSH member
The Hand-e Content Editor’s compensation will be commensurate with that of the JHS Review Editor.
In early October, United Healthcare (UHC) sent letters out to over two thousand physicians in
Connecticut terminating their participation in the Medicare Advantage network.  This included both primary care physicians and specialists.  UHC indicated that this action would not affect the physicians’ participation in other UHC managed care contracts.  Practices in Florida and Rhode Island had also received these termination letters.  When contacted, representatives of UHC stated that the reason was simply an oversupply of physicians in these areas and the step was taken to reduce administrative burdens.  The discontinuation of participation will take effect February 1, 2014.
ASSH is investigating whether our members have received these letters of termination from UHC.  If your practice has received such a letter, please notify us by email at

Rate and Review the HandCare App

Last week, Steve K. Lee, Chair of the Public Education Committee, invited members to check out the new HandCare app, available through the iPad app store.  Through the app, you can tap on a condition or procedure, review the information, share notes, create drawings, circle or highlight text and/or images, save favorite topics, and even email your marked-up information as a PDF directly to a patient.
If you have downloaded the app, please help us improve the app by rating and reviewing it through the app store.  Your ratings will help other users discover the app, and improve access to this valuable educational resource.

November 8-9, 2013
Orthopaedic Learning Center
Rosemont, IL
Chairs: David C. Ring, MD and David S. Ruch, MD
Stay on top of the latest advances by joining us this November for an unparalleled, deep-dive experience into the trenches of trauma care of the upper extremity.  If you treat fractures and are interested in the latest techniques and treatment approaches, this is just the course for you.  The interactive course format, along with the opportunity to interact with faculty at the breaks and reception will allow you to get all your questions answered by the experts. You will leave feeling enriched and well-grounded in upper extremity trauma.  Check out our program and register today!

2014 Electives in Hand Surgery

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.  Topics that are infrequently seen in educational forums but are clinically common will also be covered.  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!
Registration is now open for the new Practice Management webinar "Understanding Causation and Return to Work Issues in Workers' Compensation," scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2013.  Presented by Mark Melhorn, MD and Jay Pomerance, MD, this course will focus on how to determine causation for workplace injuries and how to develop effective return-to-work approaches.
  • Understand the 5 primary issues in occupational health / workers' compensation cases
  • Understand how panel members determine causation with reproducible methods
  • Develop methodology for return to work and transitional programs
  • Improve communication skills between all stakeholders in the workers' compensation arena: employer, employee, physician, insurance adjustor, attorney
This webinar comes as a $75 package that includes the live presentation and a recording. Learn more about this webinar on the registration page.
In addition to the webinar, check out our brand-new eBook, Workers' Compensation: A Primer for Hand Surgeons, edited by webinar co-presenter Jay Pomerance, MD and Matthew D. Putnam, MD.  Drawing from expert knowledge in the fields of medicine, business and law, this eBook will prepare the hand surgeon to manage patients in the workers' compensation system.


ICL’s are 60-90 minute breakout sessions that can be didactic, case studies or panel discussions.  Symposia are typically 45-minute sessions held during a general session. This format is ideal for discussing important issues and emerging trends in the industry. Read the Call for Abstracts for more information.
Proposals are due November 11, 2013.  Submit now.

October Correspondence News Now Available

Check out the October edition of Correspondence News with articles from Philippe Saffar, MD and Scott Sagerman, MD.

CMS Payment Rules Notice 

Although the impact of the partial government shutdown on completion of the calendar year 2014 Medicare fee for service payment regulations is not yet clear, CMS intends to issue the final rules on or before November 27, 2013, generally to be effective on January 1, 2014.  Click here to view the impacted regulations.

Thank You to AFSH Donors

Robin Neil Kamal, MD
Drew E. Kiernan, MD
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