Archive for July, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – July 2019

The College’s role in educating legislators about the causes and effects of unanticipated medical bills is described.

From blueprints to blastoff: Launching the GSV Quality Improvement Program

From blueprints to blastoff: Launching the GSV Quality Improvement Program

This month’s cover story describes the development of the Geriatric Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program and its aim to support a team-based approach to interdisciplinary care and to establish evidence-based standards for the care of older adults.

Redefining surgical value in the Quality Payment Program

Redefining surgical value in the Quality Payment Program

Describes the College’s efforts to work with Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop meaningful measures of surgical quality in the Quality Payment Program.

The AJCC: 60 years of cancer staging leadership

The AJCC: 60 years of cancer staging leadership

Provides an overview of the history of cancer staging and summarizes the formation and evolution of the AJCC.

Profiles in surgical research: Shafique Keshavjee, MD, FACS, FRCSC

Profiles in surgical research: Shafique Keshavjee, MD, FACS, FRCSC

Shafique Keshavjee, MD, FACS, FRCSC—a thoracic surgeon-scientist at the University of Toronto, ON—is the latest physician to be profiled in this ongoing series for his contributions to the field of lung transplantation.

Alexandria C. Lynch, MD, MPH, FACS

YFA Advocacy and Issues Workgroup Essay Contest: Financial health

Editor’s note: The Young Fellows Association (YFA) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers an annual essay contest, which helps support a young Fellow’s attendance at the annual ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, with a $500 cash prize and free registration to the meeting. More than 15 entries were submitted to […]

Clinical Congress 2019 Preliminary Program

Clinical Congress 2019 Preliminary Program

The Clinical Congress Preliminary Program offers an overview of Postgraduate Courses, Named Lectures, and other information related to Clinical Congress 2019, October 21–31 in San Francisco, CA.

Coding and Practice Management

Correct CPT coding of colectomy procedures: Open or laparoscopic?

This column provides information that should clear up the uncertainty about how to correctly code laparoscopic colectomy procedures.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

Rural surgery: The road less traveled

This month’s column describes the career pathway that led a general surgeon from the New York State Tri-City Area to rural Oregon.

ACS CRP

Organ preservation in rectal adenocarcinoma: The OPRA Trial

The study design of the OPRA Trial, which includes a watch-and-wait cohort for locally advanced rectal cancer, is summarized.

Dr. Walker, wearing man’s top hat and coat, circa 1911 (photo by Bain News Service, Bain Collection, Washington, DC)

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: War surgeon, suffragette, and pioneer in women’s rights

Mary Edwards Walker, MD—the first woman military and trauma surgeon and the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor—is the focus of this month’s column.

The Joint Commission

Pediatric hospital uses postoperative care bundle to reduce SSIs in cardiac patients

Postoperative interventions to reduce the risk of SSIs in pediatric cardiac patients are identified based on a study describing a significant reduction in SSIs at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Figure 1. Hospital Discharge Status

Fall from grace: Balcony-related trauma

This month’s column examines National Trauma Data Bank® records on occurrence of injuries in patients younger than 21 years old resulting from falling off a balcony.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Congress proposes transparency and oversight of prior authorization

The College is focusing legislative efforts on growing administrative burdens and the delays in medically necessary care associated with excessive prior authorization requirements.

Dr. Mason

2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit: Ascending
to the C-suite and identifying health policy priorities

This article summarizes the highlights of the annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC.

Maryland delegation outside the U.S. Capitol

Grassroots advocacy demonstrated at Advocacy Summit

The efforts of surgeon-advocates in educating policymakers on key issues at the annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, are outlined.

ACS News

Join ACS and HBS leaders July 19 for unveiling of new THRIVE initiative

Details regarding THRIVE: Transforming Health Care Results by Investing in Value and Excellence, a result of a collaboration between the American College of Surgeons and the Harvard Business School are provided.

ACS News

RAS-ACS announces inaugural Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award

Nominations for the inaugural RAS-ACS Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award are now being accepted.

Ms. Tang

ACS SHG announces Archives Fellowship recipient

Cynthia Tang—a doctor of philosophy student in the history of medicine at McGill University, Montreal, QC—has been awarded an Archives Fellowship by the ACS Surgical History Group.

Dr. Wexner at ASCRS

ACS leaders describe programs to support colon-rectal surgeons

Key topics and issues presented by College leaders at the at the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting June 3 are highlighted.

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