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 Weekly Member Update - December 13, 2013

Edward Akelman, MD
ASSH Past President
We received many excellent applications this year for the inaugural Mid-Career Leaders Program, which was open to those who have been part of this Society for at least eight years.  Twelve individuals were chosen to participate, all of whom have an interest in becoming more involved with the Hand Society and learning about our governance process.  These 12 will get an exciting look into how major decisions are made within the ASSH when they join the winter Council meeting in Miami on December 19-20.
The Mid-Career Leaders Program stemmed from our highly successful Young Leaders Program.  For the past 9 years, Young Leader graduates have produced ideas that continue to improve the Hand Society.  One of those ideas morphed into Hand-e, the largest and most intricate project ASSH has ever taken on.  Our very first Mid-Career Leaders class has an opportunity to make just as big of a difference.  This year, they will research relevant and timely topics, and I am eager to hear what they present in Miami.
Thank you to this year's Mid-Career Leaders:
  • Gregory Alberton, MD
  • Peter Bentivegna, MD
  • Richard Bernstein, MD
  • Sanjay Desai, MD
  • J. Mark Evans, MD
  • Michael Genoff, MD, MBA
  • Harry Hoyen, MD
  • Kay Kirkpatrick, MD
  • Charles Leinberry, MD
  • Frederic Liss, MD
  • Steve McCabe, MD
  • Stefan Zachary, DO, FAOAO, MS

Michael Hausman, MD Becomes the First ASSH Hand-e Content Editor

With the launch of Hand-e (ASSH’s comprehensive learning platform) just around the corner, we are thrilled to announce that Michael Hausman, MD has accepted the position as Hand-e Content Editor.  Dr. Hausman will oversee the organization of thousands of pieces of ASSH content for member use.  Content from Annual Meeting talks to technique videos, case reports, JHS reviews, book chapters and more will soon be available (and searchable and savable!) as part of your ASSH membership.  

Additionally, Dr. Hausman has been charged with continually facilitating the development of new content to ensure that the learning platform continues to grow and always has new content.  Look for more information on the launch of Hand-e in the coming weeks.


Build your Expertise in Wrist and Explore Austin!

What Every Hand Surgeon Should Know About the Wrist:
Distal Radius, Carpus and Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain
May 2 - 3, 2014
Sheraton Austin, Austin, TX
Whether the wrist is part of your everyday repertoire or it’s an untouched territory you’d like to explore, Austin, TX, May 2-3, is the place to build your expertise.  This course will present the latest research and techniques regarding disorders of the wrist.  It will cover all of the common conditions as well as conditions that are seen less frequently.  

The programming created for this two day course will give you all the best tips and knowledge that you need to provide state-of-the-art care to your patients.  Apply the latest research and knowledge to your clinical practice and enjoy Austin.  Learn more and register today.


Make an IRA Charitable Contribution to the Foundation! (expires 12/31/13)

As 2013 comes to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to call to your attention a special giving tool available between now and year-end for seniors of a certain age. 
  • Are you over 70 ½?
  • Do you find that you don't need all or a portion of your required minimum IRA distribution?
  • Would you like to do something impactful for the community while potentially reducing your tax liability for 2013?
If you answered yes to the above questions, then now is the time to take advantage of a powerful giving tool:  the IRA Charitable Rollover provision!
The IRA Charitable Rollover provision was first introduced as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 and has been extended several times, most recently last January, as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  The provision allows individuals 70 ½ and older to make tax-free contributions of up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without recognizing the assets transferred as taxable income.  The IRA Charitable Rollover is the perfect tool to use to support any number of the Foundation's unrestricted or designated funds.
This provision is currently set to expire on December 31, and may not be extended, so be sure to act now if this is something you would like to take advantage of.
  1. Instruct the custodian of your IRA account to send the funds directly to the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.  Donations up to $100,000 will count towards the minimum required distribution for the year.
  2. Alert the Foundation at with the details of your distribution so we will know who to attribute the donation to, and if there is a specific AFSH fund your donation should be directed to.
  3. Contributions can be designated to the general fund, to one of the three 25th Anniversary Campaign areas (Research, Education, Outreach), or in honor of a named fund
  4. Questions?  Contact the AFSH at (312) 880-1900 or email

Remittance Address:

American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand
Department 2026
P.O. Box 87916
Carol Stream, IL 60188-9981

The AFSH tax ID number is 74-2428242. 
From the IRS website:

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) extended the qualified charitable distribution (QCD) provisions for 2012 and 2013. Several special transition rules were included in ATRA to enable taxpayers to have a donation made before February 1, 2013, treated as a 2012 QCD.  A QCD is an otherwise taxable distribution from an IRA (other than an ongoing SEP or SIMPLE IRA) owned by an individual who is age 70½ or over that is paid directly from the IRA to a qualified charity. An IRA owner can exclude from gross income up to $100,000 of a QCD made for a year, and a QCD can be used to satisfy any IRA required minimum distributions (RMDs) for the year. Also, the amount of a QCD excluded from gross income is not taken into account in determining any deduction for charitable contributions. (See Notice 2007-7, Section IX, for additional information on QCDs.)

Health Volunteers Overseas Opportunity

Are you interested in volunteering abroad?  Health Volunteers Overseas is offering this opportunity relevant to hand and upper-extremity specialists:
Tanzania & Malawi
Sub-specialists needed for 2-4 week assignments in 2014.  For more information contact their program department.
Prior Authorization of health care services is a process that costs physicians and payers significant time and money each year, and impedes physicians’ ability to deliver quality care.  This complicated and often manual process could be optimized through the utilization of electronic prior authorization (ePA).  Saving administrative dollars by implementing ePA is more than just using a set of standard electronic transactions mandated under the administrative simplification provision of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  

Additionally, it is a process that goes beyond the core HIPAA mandated Health Care Services Review – Request for Review and Response transactions (278) for ePA.  Although that process, once implemented end-to-end, can offer extensive return on investment (ROI) for both the payer and the physician practice, such a benefit is dependent upon automating the entire scope of administrative workflow that is necessary to achieve administrative simplification.

While payer-specific portals may automate a portion of these administrative workflows for the payer, in order to achieve the potential ‘win-win’ for every stakeholder in the industry, solutions need to be payer agnostic and provide the maximum level of automation for payers and physician practices.  Read more.

Charles S. Day, MD
Michael J. Dunn, MD
William H. Seitz, Jr., MD
Obinwanne F.C. Ugwonali, MD
Robert E. Van Demark, Jr., MD
These donors have written a check, gone online, given through OREF or donated stock to support the Foundation.  Have you?  Visit today to make your 2013 annual contribution.