President's Message - February 201502.10.2015
It’s been a busy winter for the ASES, with several important messages to pass along to the membership.
First of all, an ad hoc committee has been looking at our membership policies and has recommended to the Executive Committee that we add an entry-level membership category to ASES, tentatively to be called a Candidate Member. The Executive Committee has approved going ahead with this recommendation. There are a number of reasons for this, which would take too long to get into here. I will shortly be sending you a summary white paper of the reasoning behind this recommendation. Because this will require a bylaw change, it will have to be passed by a vote of the the Active Members present at the ASES Closed Meeting in Asheville in October 2015. I do not want any of this to be a surprise to anyone, so we will keep you fully informed, and will listen to any and all of your comments.
Full details of the requirements for the membership, and the benefits to these new members, are to be worked out. As the ad hoc committee noted, it is difficult to decide on these details when the entire ASES meets so rarely. So, we will also be sending out surveys asking our members how you would envision the details of this new membership category. Well before the Closed Meeting, the results will be circulated to the Membership so you will have full knowledge of what we will be discussing at the Closed Meeting.
The International Congress of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (ICSES) is held every 3 years with the site rotating around the world. The Congress has been held since 1983, and has twice been in the United States, in 1989 in New York and in 2004 in Washington, DC. Congress sites are selected 6 years in advance, so the site for the 2022 meeting will be selected at the 2016 ICSES Meeting, to be held on Jeju Island, Korea. We think it will then be time that this meeting returns to the United States, and another ad hoc committee has worked on preliminary plans for ASES to bid on this, with Boston, Massachusetts, selected as the ASES candidate for the 2022 ICSES Meeting. We will be formulating this bid over the coming year, and forthcoming ASES President Jesse Jupiter will be in charge of presenting this in Korea.
On February 21, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in Rosemont, IL, to celebrate the new AAOS Building. The Presidents of the sub-specialty societies will be in attendance, along with past AAOS Presidents and luminaries from the orthopaedic world. The day before this meeting, we have set up a meeting of AOSSM, AANA, and ASES to discuss the project ASES worked on last year, to determine outcome measures and instruments that we feel our members, and orthopaedists in general, should use to follow and determine the end results of their patient care. The ASES decisions on this were presented at the 2014 Closed Meeting in Pinehurst by Rich Hawkins and Mark Frankle and we will be presenting their conclusions and trying to reach a consensus among the three organizations that are directly involved in shoulder surgery. We are also hoping to have further discussions in the future with ASSH, to discuss reaching a consensus on elbow surgery.
As we all know, CMS last year bundled many shoulder arthroscopy codes, limiting the number of CPT codes than can be billed while doing shoulder arthroscopy. The AAOS and ASES have appealed this decision, but it was recently rejected at the AAOS level. A conference call is to be held this week between several ASES Members, including Rob Bell, Rich Friedman and myself, several AANA Members, Fred Azar, current AAOS President, and high-level staff at the AAOS, including Karen Hackett. The call’s agenda will be to determine our next step and how we can work to get this decision reversed, hopefully to the benefit of all our members, and all orthopaedic surgeons.
Members should also be aware of the joint project between ASES and AANA to develop a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) test for future re-certification. This will allow our members, or any surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery, to be able to take a test more directly related to their own practices. This committee is chaired by Jon Ticker who has set up 2 main sections (shoulder/ elbow) with 5 sub-sections in each. Thirteen (13) surgeons are involved in the design of the test with 7 members of both ASES and AANA, 3 members of ASES only, and 3 members of AANA only.
There are actually a number of other projects ongoing, but they are in their preliminary stages and we will discuss those more in future communiqués. As noted, its a busy time for ASES.
My best to you and hope to see all of you next month in Las Vegas at the Academy Meeting.
Bill Mallon, MD