Archive for January, 2018

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Looking forward – January 2018

Dr. Hoyt describes how Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety fosters a culture of quality and safety.

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The 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practices

This article summarizes provisions in the 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

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2018 CPT coding changes

Changes to Current Procedural Terminology codes and an overview of related reporting information are described.

RAS-ACS

The 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: An introduction

The theme of the 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest was Be True to the Profession; Be True to Yourself.

Robert A . Swendiman

The 2017 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: Gravitas

Robert A. Swendiman, MD, MPP, the 2017 RAS Communications Committee essay winner,  describes how taking time to heal after the loss of a child led him to struggle with the decision to put his personal life first.

Dr. Bass giving her Presidential Address

Highlights of Clinical Congress 2017

This Clinical Congress 2017 wrap-up summarizes key events at the annual meeting, including the Convocation Ceremony, Named Lectures, and award winners and honorees.

American College of Surgeons

ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee

The 2017-2018 Officers, Regents, and B/G Executive Committee are listed .

American College of Surgeons

Revised Statement on Diversity

The following revised Statement on Diversity was approved by the Board of Regents at its October 2017 meeting in San Diego, CA.

American College of Surgeons

Statement on Maintaining Surgical Access with a Locum Tenens Surgeon

The following Statement on Maintaining Surgical Access with a Locum Tenens Surgeon was approved by the Board of Regents at its October 2017 meeting in San Diego, CA.

American College of Surgeons

Statement on Social Media

The following Statement on Social Media was approved by the Board of Regents at its October 2017 meeting in San Diego, CA.

American College of Surgeons

Statement on the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act

The following Statement on the Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act was approved by the Board of Regents at its October 2017 meeting in San Diego, CA.

NSQIP Case Studies

South Miami Hospital implements strategies for prevention of SSI in bariatric surgery

Researchers at South Miami Hospital, FL, conducted a quality improvement project to determine best practices for reducing surgical site infections by enhancing preoperative patient skin antisepsis.

Figure 1. Rural hospital closures January 2005 to December 2016

Small hospital closures mean loss of access to care

Challenges resulting from small hospital closures are summarized, as are solutions to sustain these facilities.

Surgeons in the OR

A trauma surgeon on trial

Lessons learned from a trauma surgeon who was sued for a lack of “reasonable care and diligence,” including his experiences during the trial process, are shared.

ACS CRP

Clinical trials for surgeons: Hurdles and opportunities

An educational program developed jointly by the ACS CRP and the Society of Surgical Oncology provides surgeons with the tools they need to actively participate in clinical trials

James A. Garfield
(From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC)

The assassination of President James Garfield: Could he have survived?

The assassination of President James A. Garfield and the lessons learned from this event are the focus of this month’s column.

ACS Annual Report Front Cover Final

Estate planning: Prepare today for tomorrow

Practical advice for estate and will planning is summarized.

The Joint Commission

Study shows postimplementation audits lead to improved enhanced recovery pathway compliance

An auditing process showing the benefits of enhanced recovery pathway programs, including reduced length of stay for patients, is described.

National Cancer Database

Strategically reversing the rising incidence of melanoma in younger patients

Strategies for preventing ultraviolet exposure in younger populations are explored.

Table 1. Differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM code sets

Annual Report 2017: ICD-10

The 2017 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—is highlighted.

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