Health Policy & Advocacy

Healthcare in Massachusetts

Download the full slidedeck presented by Government Affairs Committee Chair Bruce Leslie, MD at the 68th Annual Meeting of the ASSH in San Francisco.

Hand Transplantation Policy

The American Society for Surgery of the Hand recently adopted a new policy on hand transplantation. View the full statement here.

Government Affairs Newsletter

In the June 2013 Issue:

  • Supreme Court sides with doctors in dispute over insurer's pay practices
  • Federal judge lifts ban on public access to Medicare data
  • Most Doctors Don’t Meet U.S. Push for Electronic Records
  • Hand Society Legislative Update: By Bruce Leslie, MD, Chair, Government Affairs Committee

State and National Advocacy

AAOS State and National Activities: Provides information on issues, advocacy tools and listservs.

ASPS Health Policy and Advocacy: Provides information on key issues, programing and grassroots efforts.


AMA Advocacy

Join or renew your AMA membership now and help ensure the ASSH maintains representation in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD).

The AMA rules stipulate that in order to qualify for a seat in the AMA House of Delegates 25% of ASSH members must be AMA members. 

The AMA is the primary voice of organized medicine in the United States.  Furthermore, AMA institutions such as the CPT Editorial Panel and the Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) are vital to the best interests of ASSH members.

Within the realm of physician reimbursement the ASSH would be significantly disadvantaged should we lose our seat in the AMA HOD.  Our ability to have advisors to the AMA RUC and CPT® Coding processes is predicated on our having a seat in the AMA HOD.  Should we lose that seat we would still be able to participate in these processes but we would lose the advantages associated with those positions.  We would lose our ability to directly interact with the AMA in regard to coding issues.  We would not have access to the complete RUC database or to the other critical information that is contained in the agendas of the RUC and CPT Editorial Panel.

Practically, the loss of our HOD seat would force us to present our new RUC recommendations through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  ASSH would not have a dedicated Advisor to bring forward new CPT codes for ASSH and we would lose the considerable influence of our advisor.
These are difficult times, and our seat in the AMA HOD gives us access to the bargaining table.
Click on the links to the left for past reports from your AMA delegates.
Medical Liability Reform
Doctors for Medical Liability Reform: Learn more about the national grassroots effort to protect patient access to care.
American College of Surgeons Medical Reform Action Guide: Tools to allow surgeons to more efficiently and easily contact elected representatives on both the state and federal levels.

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