Archive for May, 2016

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – May 2016

Collaborative quality improvement program, as exemplified by the Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Collaborative Quality Initiatives program, and the Michigan Value Collaborative are the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month.

Dr. Waller (left), who has performed corneal transplants in 20 countries

Surgeons lead effort to establish a sustainable eye bank in a developing nation

This article provides an update on the efforts of a U.S. surgical team to establish an autonomous corneal transplant and eye banking program in Guyana and lessons learned from using a public-private partnership to support this program.

2015 ACS Governors Survey: Surgeons describe the ACA’s effects on access to care

The findings of the 2015 ACS Governors Survey, specifically the benefits and challenges associated with the Affordable Care Act’s efforts to expand access to care, are summarized.

PQRS reporting in 2016 and what the College is doing to help

This article addresses concerns surgeons may have regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program, including penalties for nonparticipation and changes in reporting requirements for 2016.

Dr. Atala in his lab

Profiles in surgical research: Anthony Atala, MD, FACS

The latest installment in a series highlighting prominent ACS surgeon-scientists is an interview with Anthony Atala, MD, FACS, a widely recognized expert in regenerative medicine.

Statement on principles of patient education

The following Statement on Principles of Patient Education was developed by the ACS Patient Education Committee and was approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its February meeting.

Medicaid program expansion

This column describes changes occurring in the Medicaid program that have the greatest impact on practicing surgeons and addresses the program expansion as it relates to coverage rates in the states.

Coding and reimbursement for colonoscopy

Coding and reimbursement issues for colonoscopy procedures are the focus of this month’s column.

Surgical skills competitions at ACS chapter meetings can increase resident engagement

This month’s column describes surgical skills competitions and their role in increasing resident involvement at the Massachusetts Chapter of the ACS annual meeting.

Dr. Lee performing surgery

Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS: A life of service

The philanthropic and leadership contributions of Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD, FACS, are the focus of this month’s column.

Positron emission tomography with the glucose analog fluorine-18 FDG studies in patients with clinically responding and nonresponding tumors (© 2003 American Society of Clinical Oncology).

Studies address metabolic image-directed oncologic therapy for gastric cancer

Research findings regarding the effect of metabolic response on gastric cancer are summarized, including the new Alliance 021302 trial.

Total hip and total knee replacement certification focuses on continuum of care

The key elements of TJC’s total hip and total knee replacement certification program are described in this month’s column

Cold-blooded killer

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with hypothermia in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

Dr. Fischer

First year of Future Trauma Leaders program a success

The first two participants in the ACS COT Future Trauma Leaders mentorship program are profiled in this news brief.

ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course starts July 28

The ACS Comprehensive General Surgery Review Course, which will take place July 28–31 in Chicago, IL, is an intensive three-and-a-half-day course covering essential content areas in general surgery.

Survey: Civilians support wider access to education on how to help victims of mass casualty events

The results of a national poll published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons indicate that civilians have an interest in taking a bleeding control course.

JAMA Surgery publishes research agenda developed at NIH-ACS symposium on disparities

The research and funding priorities for addressing health care disparities in the U.S.—which were identified at the inaugural National Institutes of Health-American College of Surgeons Symposium on Surgical Disparities Research—were published in a March issue of JAMA Surgery.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, February 2016

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of February 2016.

ACS in the news

This summary features excerpts from external media outlets that covered the release of the results of the Flexibility In duty hour Requirements for Surgical Trainees Trial (FIRST Trial).


Watch your inbox for redesigned, interactive ACS e-newsletters

Beginning with ACS NewsScope, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is revamping its online newsletters to offer a more user-friendly format.


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