Archive for January, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – January 2019

Dr. Hoyt introduces the presentation by Selman Uranues, MD, Dr(hc),FACS, FACS(Hon), which was given at Clinical Congress 2018 and underscores the meaning of membership in surgical societies, particularly the ACS.

2019 Medicare physician fee schedule

The 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practices

This article summarizes provisions in the 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

What to expect from the 2019 Quality Payment Program

The finalized policies for the 2019 QPP are described as are the College’s positions on select portions of the final rule, including changes to the Quality performance category.

2019 CPT coding changes

2019 CPT coding changes

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

Initiates reciting the Fellowship Pledge

Highlights of Clinical Congress 2018

This Clinical Congress 2018 wrap-up summarizes key events at the annual meeting, Convocation, Named Lectures, and award winners and honorees.

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part II

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part II

The Bulletin is publishing the collected papers from the Metabolic Surgery Symposium, which took place in August 2017 at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) headquarters, Chicago, IL.

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part II

Definition and history of metabolic surgery

This paper, presented at the 2018 Metabolic Surgery Symposium, describes the evolution of metabolic surgery.

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part II

Surgery and the Gordian knot of metabolic syndrome

This paper, presented at the 2018 Metabolic Surgery Symposium, identifies the role of bariatric surgery in treating multiple expressions of metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Maier

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

The 2018-2019 Officers, Regents, and B/G Executive Committee are listed.

Figure 1. ERABS protocol

ERABS leads to reduced opioid use among bariatric surgery patients

This column describes the implementation of Enhanced Recovery After Bariatric Surgery strategies at a community hospital and the reduction of opioid requirements after surgery.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

What medical students need to know about training for a career in rural surgery

The ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery’s efforts to stimulate enhanced interest in rural surgery among medical students are summarized.


Robotic surgery for hepatic neoplasms: Where does it fit in the minimally invasive surgery landscape?

This month’s column identifies prospective clinical trials aimed at clarifying the role of laparoscopic and robotic surgery for hepatic neoplasms.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Nurses in World War I, wearing gas masks, 1918

J.M.T. Finney, MD, FACS, and AEF Base Hospital No. 18 in WWI

Dr. Finney’s leadership as Director of Base Hospital No. 18 during World War I is the focus of this month’s column.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission case example addresses wrong site surgery

A new educational tool from The Joint Commission— Case example #2—helps users identify risk factors and improve processes related to wrong site surgery.

Research Dataset Application Process

2017 research dataset released

An overview of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—and its potential use for research and informational study is summarized.

Dr. Fried

Dr. Gerald M. Fried elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents

Gerald M. Fried, MD, FACS, FRCSC, a general surgeon, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents of the ACS at Clinical Congress 2018.

ACS News

What to expect as the 116th Congress starts its work: The ACS’ role

Provides an overview of the role of congressional committees in the legislative process and describes ACS legislative priorities in 2019.

ACS News

Nominate Icons in Surgery for presentation at a future Clinical Congress

The deadline to submit recommendations for an Icon in Surgery video, which will be presented at Clinical Congress 2019, is March 1.


SSR ePRO integration assisting surgeons to enhance quality of care

The use of Electronic Patient Reported Outcomes in ACS databases such as the Surgeon Specific Registry are summarized.

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence

ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence benefit from access to outcomes measures and mentors

The ACS Clinical Scholars in Residence program is accepting applications for the 2020–2022 positions.


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