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James Long, MD, a plastic surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a team of medical professionals succeeded in transplanting a patient's toe to replace his thumb that was lost in a car accident, according to a Newswise report.
W. P. Andrew Lee, MD, a professor in the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, was recently elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, according to a Newswise report.
Steven Pals, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, recently joined UW Health Partners Juneau Clinic, according to a Beaver Dam Daily Citizen report.
Hospital ownership of an orthopedic surgeon's practice could impact the physician's annual compensation, according to the Medical Group Management Association's "Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data."
Published in Practice Management
David Clark Hay, MD, a hand and wrist specialist, recently joined Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, according to a report from The Orange County Register.
Emory University Hospital surgeons recently performed a complete hand transplant during a 19-hour procedure on a 21-year-old patient, according to an ABC news report.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:23

AAOS: Coding Guidance for Hand Procedures

Coding for hand treatment and procedures presents unique challenges that Mary LeGrand, RN, MA, CCS-P, CPC, addresses in an article published in AAOS Now.

Published in Billing & Coding
Surgeons at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas have launched a hand transplant program and expect to perform the first hand transplant procedure in North Texas within the next year, according to a UT Southwestern news release.
Leon Benson, MD, is a hand surgeon and member of the board of directors at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and chief of hand surgery in the department of orthopedic surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem. He is also the president of professional staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem and an associate editor of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
James Higgins, MD, chief of Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, is performing a new hand surgery procedure using a technique he learned abroad while fulfilling the Godina Traveling Fellowship from the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery last year, according to a Union Memorial Hospital news release.
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