Archive for December, 2016
In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements in 2016.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
This article summarizes the contributions of several influential women otolaryngologists who have served as pioneers in the field.
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2016.
This month’s column provides an overview of ACS coding workshops, including benefits of attendance, topics covered, and registration information.
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.
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).
This month’s column describes the member engagement opportunities offered through the ACS Operation Giving Back program and the ACS Archives.
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.
This month’s column examines effect of diabetes mellitus on cases of injury reported in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.
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 ACS Regents were elected and new Board of Governors’ Executive Committee members were installed during the Annual Business Meeting of Members.
The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.
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.
An update on the ACS Communities is provided.