Archive for March, 2014
This Web exclusive summarizes the College’s efforts to promote the enactment of the SGR Repeal Act, what the repeal would mean to surgeons, and provides steps for contacting legislators to voice support for the repeal.
Dr. Hoyt offers highlights of a recent visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD.. Particularly notable was his tour of the center’s state-of-the-art Military Advanced Training Center, which is focused on caring for military personnel who have undergone limb amputation.
This article provides an overview of the Medicaid program and proposed expansion under the Affordable Care Act, considers the impact of expansion on patient care, and clarifies the factors driving state implementation decisions.
This article summarizes the effectiveness of the Heller Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management as revealed by a survey of ACS Fellows who received scholarships from 2003 to 2012.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, also referred to as the Open Payments program, is highlighted in this article. It provides information on how surgeons can prepare for its implementation and physicians’ rights to review reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service and offers suggestions for challenging false, inaccurate, or misleading reports.
This article summarizes the findings of a study conducted at the Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI, designed to examine the use of modifier 22, its impact on reimbursement for complex surgical procedures, and the time to payment for surgeons. The authors found that use of modifier 22 resulted in payment increases for all procedures studied, but, for some operations, the time to recover charges rose as well.
This column addresses concerns surgeons may have regarding the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System program and offers resources for successful participation.
The aim of creating a safety culture within health care organizations is to balance learning with accountability, assess errors and patterns in a uniform manner, and eliminate unprofessional or intimidating behaviors.
This month’s column highlights the occurrence of underage drinking-related motor vehicle injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®).
The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.
This report summarizes the topics addressed by the College’s delegation at the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates meeting in November 2013.
The College hosted the Northern California Surgical Health Care Quality Forum on January 14—the 15th stop in a series of national discussions on how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.
The authors provide an update on the ACS Northern California Chapter’s efforts to advocate for quality care and to educate members about the legislative process.
The Verification, Review, and Consultation Program of the ACS Trauma Programs recently reached a milestone with the accreditation of the 400th trauma center in the U.S.
The College’s Young Fellows Association is accepting essays on “The promise of a profession: The transformation of surgery and surgeons into the next decade.” Essay submissions should be 400–500 words in length and are due May 1, 2014.
The ACS is now accepting applications for the 2015–2017 Clinical Scholars in Residence positions.
The ACS’s Division of Education and the International Relations Committee are pleased to announce two international scholarships focused on surgical education and training.
The ACS and the Triological Society are offering a competitive grant program to provide supplemental funding to an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon who has recently received a National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08/K23).
The ACS International Relations Committee announces the availability of the Traveling Fellowship to Germany. The purpose of this fellowship is to encourage international exchange of surgical science, practice, and education and to establish professional and academic collaboration.