ASSH 2021 Scientific Program (for Manu Members)

The 2021 ASSH in San Francisco has announced a hybrid IN-PERSON and VIRTUAL event.  Manu Members are making a splash, once again, with a combination of posters, papers, and ICLs.  Check them out: Melissa Arief: Wednesday Precourse: "Embracing Diversity: Closing the Gender Gap in Hand Surgery" ICL: "Building and Maintaining a Successful and Healthy Practice: Salary and Negotiations, Marketing, Optimizing Communication, Moral Injury and Burnout"   Orrin Franko: Franko OI, Pfeiffer J. #SPP0295: Annual Meeting ePoster 116: Local-Only Anesthesia for Distal Radius Fixation and Hardware Removal is Patient Dependent: Early Experience in the United States. 2021. 76th Annual Meeting of the ASSH.  Franko OI. #SPP0296: Annual Meeting ePoster 172: Hand Surgeons Value a Positive Online Reputation but Lack Review Volume. 2021. 76th Annual Meeting of the ASSH.  Franko OI. #SPP0297: Annual Meeting ePoster 413: Automated Email Review Requests are Highly Successful for Increasing Surgeon Online Reputation. 2021. 76th Annual Meeting of the ASSH.  Franko OI, Kestler A, Stern PJ. #SPP0298: Annual Meeting ePoster 280: Level of Evidence: Does it...
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Dr. Ivy Joins CSSH Executive Board

Mamu Amici is proud of member Dr. Andre Ivy for his appointment, press release below:   DuPage Medical Group Orthopaedic Surgeons Join Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand Executive Board DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. — DuPage Medical Group (DMG), the largest independent, multi-specialty physician group in Illinois, is proud to announce Drs. Andre Ivy and Brian Murphy, hand and upper extremity orthopaedic surgeons, have been appointed to the 2020-2022 Executive Board for Chicago Society for Surgery of the Hand (CSSH). Dr. Ivy will serve as program director while Dr. Murphy will transition from president to immediate past president. Founded in 1978, CSSH provides orthopaedic surgeons with continuing education, research and advocacy opportunities in the field of hand surgery. As program director, Dr. Ivy will engage and recruit new Society members throughout Chicagoland and organize select lectures and meetings. In his role as president, Dr. Murphy set the Society’s strategic vision and ensured it maintained a high level of educational and collegial interaction for CSSH...
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ASSH 2020 Award Report

ASSH 2020 Award Report

Manu Amici had SOLID representation at ASSH 2020 (Virtual) this year with awards for the Top Paper and Best Clinical Poster!  Check out the research here: Top 5 Paper Award to Dr. Orrin Franko: PRO Scores at 3 Weeks Predict Post-Op Satisfaction at 1 Year Bruner Award for Clinical Paper to Dr. Orrin Franko: "Patient Dissatisfaction after Highly "Successful" Hand Procedures" VAM20 Poster: 059: Measurement of Wrist Motion: A Comparison of Visual, Manual, and 3-Dimensional Motion Goniometry,  Andre Ivy, MD, MS Daneil Bowles, MD Peter J. Stern, MD    ...
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Automating your Hand Practice

Incorporating efficient automation into your hand surgery practice can greatly improve office workflow, patient follow-up, online reviews, and increase referrals and patient volume.  The following presentations summarize how you can implement these tools in your practice for little or no cost at all.  Many of these features have also been incorporated into a product solution through www.SurgiSurvey.com.  Please reach out if you would like to learn more.   AAOS 2019: Optimizing Your Practice Website and Online Marketing - Franko - Wed 1030AM AAOS 2019: Revolutionize Your Life With Automation - Franko Thursday 930 ASSH 2018: Automating Your Life - ASSH 2018 - IC72 Building an Efficient Practice ASSH 2018: IC75 - Website Enhancements and Rating Sites to Increase Search Results - 645 saturday...
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Wide-Awake REGIONAL Anesthesia – Surgeon Administered

Wide-Awake REGIONAL Anesthesia – Surgeon Administered

Over the last 10 years, the concept of "WALANT" has greatly reduced the importance of sedation and general anesthesia for hand surgery.  Many surgeons have transitioned towards performing wide-awake, local-only anesthesia with or without a tourniquet.  In many cases, this has allowed for a reduction in cost by transitioning procedures to the office setting, a reduction in cost by avoiding surgery center facility fees, and reducing the patient complications and inconvenience of sedation. However, WALANT technique is most commonly used for "smaller" hand cases: carpal tunnel, trigger fingers, tendon surgery in palm or fingers, etc.  Although some surgeons have utilized WALANT technique for distal radius fractures and other forearm or elbow injuries, this is not widely practice.  Rather, most surgeons perform upper extremity fracture fixation under regional anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Manu member Dr. Orrin Franko has been utilizing surgeon-administered, axillary regional anesthesia, taught to him by his partner Dr. Andrew Stein, since starting practice 3.5 years ago.  Dr. Stein has...
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ASSH AFSH Buy a Brick Campaign

ASSH AFSH Buy a Brick Campaign

Manu Amici was proud to participate in the ASSH AFSH Buy a Brick Campaign at the new ASSH Central Office in Chicago.  By donating towards this effort, Manu Amici demonstrates our commitment to supporting ASSH staff, members, committees, leaders, and volunteers.  Member Andre Ivy was able to attend a celebratory event honoring all donors and proudly showed off our contribution!  Thank you to all Manu Amici members for your contribution!   ...
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Case Report: Unexpected DRUJ Mass

Case Report: Unexpected DRUJ Mass

In most areas of medicine, and certainly orthopedics, common problems present commonly.  A relatively finite number of diagnoses make up the majority of what we see.  Through experience, we develop heuristics, or “mental shortcuts” which through pattern recognition, allow us to relatively efficiently arrive at a diagnosis, or set of potential diagnoses.  One of the challenges in hand surgery, and all of medicine, is when a patient falls outside of that for which we have a heuristic.  Such was the case of the following patient. The patient is a 42 year old, right hand dominant female who presented with 4 years of vaguely localized pain over the distal 25% of her forearm.  She was unable to clearly sense if it was more volar or dorsal.  Described a motor vehicle collision a couple months before the onset of her symptoms which she think may be related, but no immediate pain following the accident.  The last 2 years have been particularly bothersome and...
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ASSH 2019 – Conference Report

ASSH 2019 – Conference Report

The members of Manu Amici attended the ASSH 2019 in Las Vegas for another successful conference!  Highlights and pics from the conference include the following: Orrin Franko presented at the Residents and Fellows Conference about "Private Practice Pearls," highlighting the benefits of online marketing and patient demographic analysis to "supercharge" practice growth as a young surgeon. The 6th Annual Mentorship Happy Hour was a HUGE success with over 60 residents and fellows attending the event.  Hosted at the Caesar's Palace Hospitality Suite, the event provided a space for trainees to ask questions about jobs, boards, contracts, and anything else related to starting practice as a surgeon.  There was plenty of food and drinks to go around and we had a great time.  We thank TriMed for their continued sponsorship of this event. At the Happy Hour we announced our newest candidate members who were able to attend:  Melissa Arief, Asher Kupperman, and Beverly Ting. Members of Manu Amici enjoyed a private...
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Methodology to Analyze Most Valuable Diagnoses to a Hand Surgery Practice

Methodology to Analyze Most Valuable Diagnoses to a Hand Surgery Practice

Methodology to Analyze Most Valuable Diagnoses to a Hand Surgery Practice Orrin I. Franko, MD – East Bay Hand Medical Center in San Leandro, CA Hypothesis: The purpose of this study was to develop a reproducible protocol used to determine the most valuable diagnoses to a hand surgery practice. Recognizing the relative value of various diagnoses can help guide practice management, scheduling, and growth strategies for success. Methods: Two years of professional fee billing and collection data was generated from a single practice management software. Using Microsoft Excel formulas, tools, and pivot tables a reproducible protocol was developed to analyze the value of common patient diagnoses defined as greater than 20 patients. The specific workflow began by isolating patients with a single diagnosis limited to the first 5 characters of the ICD-10 standard (exclusive of digit or laterality). Next, total charges and total collections were calculated for each diagnosis, and further sub-divided by insurance status (Medicare, Medicaid, Private-PPO, Private-HMO, Work Comp, or None/Cash Pay). Results...
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