The American Burn Association (ABA) was founded in 1967 following a series of annual seminars sponsored by leading institutions in the field of burn treatment. It has since grown to become a major multi-disciplinary professional organization, with members representing virtually every segment of burn care, research, rehabilitation, prevention and teaching. We are proud of our members and their meaningful contributions to the burn care field. With a noble past and a bright future, join us today to begin receiving a wealth of educational and professional member benefits.
The Annual ABA Meeting provides excellent, high quality education and valuable continuing education credits for all members of the burn care team. The Meeting features plenary sessions, educational symposia, postgraduate courses, correlative sessions, workshops, and posters that foster professional growth and interdisciplinary communication. ABA members enjoy substantial savings on Annual Meeting registration fees. Members also receive periodic updates and special announcements of regional and local meetings, including Advanced Burn Life Support courses. The myriad of ABA educational offerings provide the best opportunity to keep up with and stay ahead of the latest innovations and advances in burn care.
Participation in any of the 16 special interest groups (SIGs) of the ABA provides access to other practitioners with similar clinical and professional interests. The SIGs hold meetings in conjunction with the ABA Annual and foster the exchange of ideas and networking with colleagues throughout the year. To get connected in a leadership way, members are encouraged to volunteer to serve on one of the 10 different ABA Committees. And to further promote communication and networking throughout the year, ABA members receive a complimentary copy of the Membership Directory. The Directory is an invaluable tool to help you maintain existing connections and make new ones in the burn care field.
RESEARCH & PEER RECOGNITION
The ABA recognizes its members by bestowing research grants and awards in excess of more than $30,000 annually for professional excellence. In addition, the Association is working with other organizations to bring you more research funding opportunities, including the new ABA/Westaim Research Fellowship Award-a $40,000 grant available to members to support research directly related to clinical patient care, especially in the areas of wound healing and infection control. Members are also routinely informed about government funding opportunities, including grants available from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the National Institutes of Health.
PUBLICATIONS AND PROJECTS
The Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation, published bi-monthly, is the official publication of the ABA. This peer-reviewed journal provides focused reviews and timely information to help you keep abreast of the latest advances in your field. You receive a free subscription to the Journal as part of your member benefit package. Members also receive a complimentary copy of Burn Care Resources in North America, updated biannually. The publication is an invaluable guide that includes a comprehensive listing of burn care facilities, fellowships, foundations, and skin banks throughout the United States and Canada. The ABA also provides complimentary software, training, and technical support to members for the National TRACS®/ABA Burn Registry program. This project, run in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons, gives burn centers a state-of-the-art software package to track clinical and administrative data for burn patients. In addition to free software and technical support, all burn registry users receive the ACS periodic newsletter, National TRACS® News.
The ABA, on behalf of the burn care professionals its represents and the patients they serve, is a strong national advocate on important clinical, legislative and regulatory issues. This past year, the ABA, working in conjunction with the Safe Children's Sleepwear Coalition, has taken a proactive stance toward calling for reinstatement of the stricter flammability standard for children's sleepwear that was relaxed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 1996. On the payment front, the newly proposed burn DRGs advocated by the ABA have been approved by the Health Care Financing Administration and were published in the Federal Register. The ABA has also been successful in achieving sought-after changes in physician reimbursement. Five CPT code changes that will enhance reimbursement and a new modifier interpretation that will allow two burn surgeons to perform excision and grafting simultaneously in the management of massive burns will go into effect with CPT© 1999.
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