Archive for September, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – September 2019

The Surgical Metrics Project—a new opportunity available at Clinical Congress 2019 in San Francisco, CA—will allow participants to use wearable technology to measure surgical decision making and technique.

Climate change: What does it mean for the future of surgery?

Climate change: What does it mean for the future of surgery?

This month’s cover story describes the effects of climate change on human health and identifies how surgeons can take action to reduce health care’s environmental footprint.

2018 ACS Governors Survey: Gender inequality and harassment remain a challenge in surgery

2018 ACS Governors Survey: Gender inequality and harassment remain a challenge in surgery

The results of a survey of ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including viewpoints and experiences concerning gender inequity and harassment in surgery.

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Medicare physician payment on the decline: It’s not your imagination

Congressional attempts to control Medicare physician spending through anti-inflationary policies are highlighted as are the future of Medicare payment updates under MACRA.

Financial toxicity: A growing burden for cancer patients

Financial toxicity: A growing burden for cancer patients

Defines financial toxicity, identifies patients most at risk, and outlines ongoing clinical trials investigating this issue.

Profiles in surgical volunteerism: Mark W. Asplund, Jr., MD, FACS, provides care to underserved population in Malawi

Profiles in surgical volunteerism: Mark W. Asplund, Jr., MD, FACS, provides care to underserved population in Malawi

This article is the first in a series of Bulletin articles profiling the volunteer-related accomplishments of ACS Fellows through ACS Operation Giving Back.

ACS seal

Statement on Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination

The ACS Statement on Harassment, Bullying, and Discrimination was updated by the ACS Women in Surgery Committee, in collaboration with the Committee on Diversity, and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL.

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Statement on Older Adult Falls and Falls Prevention

The Statement on Older Adult Falls and Falls Prevention was prepared by the ACS Committee on Trauma through its Subcommittee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL.

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Revised Statement on Patient Safety Principles for Office-Based Surgery Utilizing Moderate Sedation/Analgesia

The revised Statement on Patient Safety Principles for Office-Based Surgery Utilizing Moderate Sedation/Analgesia was updated by the Board of Governors Surgical Care Delivery Workgroup, and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL.

Coding and Practice Management

ACS responds to frequently asked questions about CPT coding

This column responds to some frequently asked Current Procedural Terminology coding questions posed to the ACS Coding Hotline.

NSQIP Case Studies

Enhanced recovery program benefits frail colon and rectal surgery patients

This column describes the implementation of an enhanced recovery program for colon and rectal surgery patients at a not-for-profit, urban, tertiary care, Level I trauma center.

ACS CRP

Putting the needle before the knife: Minimally invasive approaches to diagnostic lymph node biopsy in melanoma

Minimally invasive approaches to diagnostic lymph node biopsy in melanoma are recommended as a first step in value-based care for the patient.

Franklin Martin, MD, FACS, Founder of the American College of Surgeons

The first women elected to College Fellowship

The accomplishments of the five women in the inaugural class of the ACS are described.

The Joint Commission

Retained foreign bodies: Can we stem the tide?

Recommendations for reducing unintentionally retained foreign objects are summarized in this month’s column.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Tawny trauma: Cirrhosis affects patient response to trauma

This month’s column examines National Trauma Data Bank® records on the occurrence of injuries in patients with cirrhosis.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: CMS releases two proposed payment rules

A summary of 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgery Center proposed rule policies that could affect physician payment is provided.

R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS

R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, to receive the 2019 ACS Distinguished Service Award

Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, a leader in the advancement of general surgery and a pioneer in training surgical residents, has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor.

ACS News

Official notice: Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

The Annual Business Meeting of Members of the ACS will take place at Clinical Congress 2019 on Wednesday, October 30, at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.

LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS,

In memoriam: LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., MD, FACS—A life without boundaries

LaSalle D. Leffall Jr., MD, FACS—the first African American to serve as President of the ACS—died May 25 of cancer.

TQIP

Register today for 2019 TQIP Annual Meeting

The 10th annual Trauma Quality Improvement Program Scientific Meeting and Training will take place November 16−18, in Dallas, TX.

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