Archive for March, 2016

Dr. Potts, Dr. Lewis, and Dr. Bilimoria

Looking forward – March 2016

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt describes the results of the landmark FIRST Trial to study the effects of resident work-hour restrictions, which suggest that resident training programs that allow trainees to work longer shifts or take less time off between shifts is not associated with increased risk of patient morbidity.

The Three Stages of Meaningful Use

Meaningful use: A program in transition

This article describes the EHR Incentive Program and meaningful use requirements, including the challenges related to complying with these programs as well as the benefits such as enhanced quality of patient care.

Stop the Bleed

The Hartford Consensus IV: A Call for Increased National Resilience

The Hartford Consensus IV provides a status update on this mass casualty response initiative, offers suggestions for enhanced citizen resilience to these events, and describes the recently released “Stop the Bleed” poster.

Applying advocacy skills: Gaining influence from the statehouse to Capitol Hill

Grassroots advocacy—with a focus on relationship building over the course of an elected official’s political career—is the focus of this article.

Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit

Optimal in-home postoperative care made possible through new Patient Feeding Tube Home Skills Kit

This article describes problems patients and their caregivers experience using a feeding tube during at-home postoperative recovery and outlines the benefits of using the College’s Patient Education Program to reduce complications and ensure compliance with regulatory demands.

Report from the Past-Chair of the Board of Regents: Impressions on the relevance of a professional organization

This report from the Past-Chair of the ACS Board of Regents highlights the importance of professional organizations in protecting the surgical profession and provides an overview of the recent activities and accomplishments of the Board.

The Physician Compare website

This column describes new information available on the Physician Compare website this year, such as utilization data generated from Medicare Part B claims.

CMS eases restrictions imposed under the Two-Midnight Rule

A summary of the origin of the Two-Midnight Rule is provided in this month’s column, as are changes mandated by the 2016 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule.

Dr. and Mrs. Leffall in 1994, when Dr. Leffall was elected ACS President.

Dr. and Mrs. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr.: Paying it forward

The philanthropic and leadership legacy of LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS, Past-President of the ACS, is the focus of this month’s column.

Improvements continue in surgical care accountability measures

An overview of the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program and the accountability measures data that determine Top Performer designation are provided in this month’s column.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Keep an eye out

This month’s column examines the occurrence of traumatic enucleation of the eye in the NTDB research dataset for 2014.

Dr. Bilimoria

FIRST Trial shows flexibility in resident work hours does not affect patient safety

Results of the FIRST Trial indicate that less restrictive work-hour policies resulted in no significant difference in residents’ self-reported satisfaction with their overall well-being and the quality of their training.

Residents: Prepare to take your ACS membership to the next level

The benefits of Associate Fellow membership are highlighted in this news brief.

Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care

New standards for children’s surgery verification released

The Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care document is the nation’s first and only multispecialty standards developed to improve surgical care for pediatric surgical patients.

ACS cosponsors fellowships in ethics and leadership

The ACS Division of Education is offering two new fellowships—one in conjunction with the  Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago, IL, and the other with the department of surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Save the date for the ACS Surgeons as Leaders Course in June

The ACS Surgeons as Leaders: From Operating Room to Boardroom course will take place June 5–8 in Durham, NC.

International Guest Scholarships available for 2017

The ACS is offering International Guest Scholarships in 2017 to outstanding young surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who have demonstrated a strong interest in teaching and research.

ACS and Triological Society offer Clinical Scientist Development Award

The ACS and the Triological Society are offering a competitive grant program to provide supplemental funding to an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon who has recently received a National Institutes of Health Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award (K08/K23).

Community Surgeon Travel Awards available for 2017

The International Relations Committee of the ACS announces the availability of two 2017 Community Surgeon Travel Awards, which allow surgeons outside the U.S. to participate in the annual ACS Clinical Congress.

Apply now for 2016 international scholarships for surgical education

The ACS Division of Education and the International Relations Committee are now accepting applications for scholarships focused on surgical education.


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