Archive for October, 2014
The legacy and accomplishments of Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, former ACS Executive Director who died on August 4, are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.
To mark the second anniversary of the storm, this article recounts the events that took place at Bellevue and Metropolitan hospitals and describes their collaborative efforts to safely evacuate, transfer, and provide care to patients.
This article summarizes the 2014 ACS chapter lobby days, provides an overview of current advocacy issues in each state, and highlights how some chapters organize their Day at the State Capitol program.
An overview of the ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project and its primary aim—to evaluate specific geriatric variables for incorporation into the ACS NSQIP set of essential variables—is provided in this article.
Past recipients of the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards: Where are they now?
Since 2003, 38 individuals have received the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards, and this article provides updates on a few past recipients and their recent accomplishments.
The introduction to the first place winner of the inaugural ACS Young Fellows Association Essay Contest highlights the inspiration for this year’s theme.
The first YFA Essay Contest winner reveals his thoughts on overcoming the financial, legal, regulatory, and other challenges facing the surgical profession today.
This article outlines steps for physicians who have lost their credentials and licensure to reinstate themselves as productive members of the medical community.
This column discusses the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s focus on patient-centered care, comparative effectiveness research, and research funding. It also provides information on how surgeons can get involved.
This month’s column provides an overview of the 96-hour rule and the ACS’ efforts to develop a legislative solution to repeal the law.
Deficits in perioperative quality of life and rehabilitation programs are described in this article, as are practical interventions for integrating the patient’s perspective into care management.
Although current robotic surgery systems are designed to minimize potential patient harm, The Joint Commission provides recommendation on actions surgeons and health care institutions can take to further reduce risks.
This month’s column examines the occurrence of injuries in which alcohol withdrawal was involved by searching the admissions records in the NTDB dataset for 2013.
For his contributions to the ACS, trauma care, and the field of surgery, J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award during the Convocation ceremonies at the 2014 Clinical Congress in San Francisco, CA.
Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the ACS from January 2000 to January
2010, died August 4 at his ranch in Philo, CA, at age 73 after a four-year battle with cancer.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) participated in a tour of the trauma division and burn center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence on August 29, and joined a press conference there with William Cioffi, Jr., MD, FACS, where they discussed recently enacted trauma legislation and trauma bills pending before Congress.
The need to preserve MICRA in California is essential to ensure the integrity of caps on noneconomic damages in other states and to ensure ongoing access to the millions of new patients who have health insurance coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.
The ACS 2014 Clinical Congress will feature a Didactic Course titled Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Review: Essentials for Surgical Specialties, which will address fundamentals common across the surgical specialties.
This news brief highlights how attendees at Clinical Congress 2014 can fulfill new Maintenance of Certification Part 2 requirements and claim continuing medical education and Self-Assessment credits.
The 2014 Outcomes Research Course will take place December 4–6 at the ACS headquarters in Chicago, IL, and is designed for clinical and health services researchers with varying degrees of experience in the field.