Archive for December, 2016

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – December 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements in 2016.

Franklin Martin

Presidential Address: Do what’s right for the patient: Franklin H. Martin and the American College of Surgeons

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, described the history of the College and some of its key education and quality programs in his Presidential Address delivered during Clinical Congress 2016.

Improving quality in geriatric surgery

Improving quality in geriatric surgery: A blueprint from the American College of Surgeons

This article outlines the development of the ACS quality improvement activities specifically aimed at the care of geriatric surgical patients under the aegis of the Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery and the ACS NSQIP Geriatric Surgery Pilot Project.

ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator

Using the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator for surgical education and quality improvement

This article summarizes the surgical education benefits of incorporating the ACS NSQIP Surgical Risk Calculator into weekly morbidity and mortality conferences at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medicine, NY.

The 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System

The 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System: What it means for surgery

The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule—which establishes federal fiscal year 2017 policies for Medicare payments to hospitals for inpatient stays—is the focus of this article, along with information regarding how the IPPS will affect many surgical practices.


2016 state legislative year in review and a look ahead

State legislative priorities for the ACS in 2016, including opioid abuse, narrow insurance networks, surprise billings, and trauma system development, are summarized as are key issues that will be addressed at the state level next year.

Dr. Butler

Women’s role in otolaryngologic medicine

This article summarizes the contributions of several influential women otolaryngologists who have served as pioneers in the field.

2016 Executive Director’s annual report

Executive Director’s annual report

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2016.

Surgical coding workshops

The benefits of attending a 2017 ACS Surgical Coding Workshop

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

Doctor with file

Modifier 25 under fire: Are you using it correctly?

Suggestions for avoiding overuse or misuse of modifier 25 to reduce the risk of an audit and repayment demand by payors are detailed in this month’s column.

Second edition of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery

Second edition of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery to be published in early 2017

The second volume of Operative Standards for Cancer Surgery, scheduled to be released in early 2017, describes operations for cancers of the esophagus, stomach, rectum, thyroid, and skin (melanoma).

OGB and Archives

Operation Giving Back and the ACS Archives offer opportunities for engagement

This month’s column describes the member engagement opportunities offered through the ACS Operation Giving Back program and the ACS Archives.

Cognitive biases can lead to serious patient safety events

Preventative actions to mitigate the effects of cognitive bias, which can be attributed to diagnostic errors in health care, are summarized in this month’s column.

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Don’t sugarcoat it

This month’s column examines effect of diabetes mellitus on cases of injury reported in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Bass

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, is 2016−2017 ACS President-Elect

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS during the Annual Business Meeting of Members; two Vice-Presidents-elect were also elected at the meeting.

New Regents

New Regents and Governors elected

New ACS Regents were elected and new Board of Governors’ Executive Committee members were installed during the Annual Business Meeting of Members.

Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards

Nominations for 2017 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 28

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

The Great Mace

Call for nominations for the ACS Board of Regents and ACS Officers-Elect

The 2017 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, and the 2017 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select nominees for Officer-Elect positions.


Coming in January in JACS, and online now: American College of Surgeons and Surgical Infection Society: Surgical Site Infection Guidelines, 2016 Update

This news brief highlights a JACS article on updated surgical site infection guidelines.

ACS Communities

ACS Communities begins third year

An update on the ACS Communities is provided.


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