Archive for December, 2017
In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt summarizes ACS achievements in 2017.
Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon), describes the rewards and challenges of a surgical career in the Presidential Address she delivered at Clinical Congress 2017.
Members of the ACS delegation that traveled to Cuba last spring outline the strengths and challenges of the country’s health care system.
The challenges of implementing blockchain technology in health care are described, as is its potential role in enhancing EHR interoperability.
State legislative priorities for 2017, including scope of practice, Maintenance of Certification, and opioids, are identified as are key issues for 2018.
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2017.
Explains how the 2018 CMS Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule affects surgeons, and describes the changes made to the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program that are relevant to surgical care.
An overview of ACS coding workshops, including topics covered at the sessions and registration information, is provided in this column.
The 2016 recipient of the ACS Health Policy Scholarship reports on her experiences since completing the program.
Updates to the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, including revisions to breast cancer staging content, are provided as is information on the manual’s second printing, including clarification of histologic codes.
The factors contributing to handoff communication failures are defined as are practical solutions for curbing handoff miscommunication.
This month’s column uses the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset to examine the occurrence of urethral injuries.
Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS during the Annual Business Meeting of Members at Clinical Congress 2017; two Vice-Presidents-elect also were 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 2018 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.
An update on ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC fundraising and disbursement activities is provided.
The three options for surgeons who participate in Medicare Part B are summarized, as are the steps for achieving participating in this program.
Making quality stick: Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety: The SQSC and credentialing and privileging processes ensure sustainability of standards
This excerpt from the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety manual describes the role of the surgical quality and safety committee and the importance of standardized credentialing processes.
The 2018 Nominating Committee of the Fellows and the Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending leadership vacancies in the College.
Coming next month in JACS and online now: Burnout and stress among U.S. surgery residents: Psychological distress and resilience
A study published in an upcoming issue of JACS describes burnout and distress symptoms that are experienced in general surgery training.