Archive for January, 2016

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – January 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt reflects on his six years as ACS Executive Director, including the College’s key accomplishments in that timeframe and future goals of the organization.

Provisions in the 2016 Medicare physician fee schedule that will affect surgical practice: An overview

This article summarizes the Medicare physician fee schedule provisions that will affect reimbursement for surgeons in 2016.

Colonoscopy Decision Tree

2016 CPT coding changes and their effects

This article highlights changes to Current Procedural Terminology codes relevant to general surgery and closely related specialties.

Scenes from Clinical Congress 2015: Convocation.

Highlights of Clinical Congress 2015

This Clinical Congress 2015 wrap-up summarizes key events at the ACS annual meeting including the Convocation, Named Lectures, and awards winners and honorees.

The 2015 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: An introduction

The 2015 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest focused on “the hidden curriculum in surgery.”

First-place essay: The things I carry

Krista Terracina, MD, the 2015 RAS Communications Committee essay winner, describes how patient interactions have influenced her career as a surgeon.

J. David Richardson President

Officers/Officers-Elect

The ACS Officers were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of Clinical Congress 2015.

Valerie W. Rusch

Board of Regents

The Regents were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of Clinical Congress 2015.

Fabrizio Michelassi

Board of Governors’ Executive Committee

The Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of Clinical Congress 2015.

Statement on the aging surgeon

The following statement on the aging surgeon was developed by the ACS Board of Governors’ Physician Competency and Health Workgroup and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on older adult burn prevention

The following statement on older adult burn prevention was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma Committee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on prevention of non-traffic vehicle-related injuries in children

The following statement on the prevention of non-traffic vehicle-related injuries in children was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents.

Statement on safety belt laws and enforcement

The following statement on safety belt laws and enforcement was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents.

The one-year grace period for correct use of ICD-10 codes

This column addresses how surgeons should make effective use of the one-year grace period for accurate ICD-10 coding.

The benefits of attending a 2016 ACS Surgical Coding Workshop

This month’s column provides an overview of ACS coding workshops, including benefits of attendance, topics covered, and registration information.

ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery hard at work

The current activities of the ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery are described.

The defeat of Proposition 46 in California: A case study of successful surgeon advocacy

This month’s column summarizes the role of California surgeons in defeating Proposition 46 and offers guidelines for a successful grassroots advocacy campaign.

TME specimen

Rectal cancer resection: Laparoscopic or open—which way forward?

The primary outcome of the Z6051 rectal cancer trial is outlined in this month’s column as are new surgical trial concepts that resulted from this study.

Dr. McBurney operating at Roosevelt Hospital, 1901.

Dr. Charles McBurney: A pioneer in the surgical treatment of appendicitis

An early leader in the surgical treatment of appendicitis, Charles McBurney, MD, is profiled in this month’s column.

Dr. and Mrs. Jurkiewicz at his installation as the 70th ACS President in 1989.

Dr. and Mrs. M. J. Jurkiewicz: A distinctive legacy of giving

The focus of this month’s column is the legacy of M.J. “Josh” Jurkiewicz, MD, FACS, a former ACS President and a member of the Mayne Heritage Society.

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