Archive for December, 2019

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – December 2019

As Dr. Hoyt’s 10th year as ACS Executive Director concludes, he reflects on some of the College’s major achievements in 2019.

From Residency to Retirement

Caring: Isn’t that why we went to medical school?

The traits of a caring physician, including setting patient expectations, are summarized.

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Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.

Presidential Address: The joys of learning, collaborating, and giving back

Presidential Address: The joys of learning, collaborating, and giving back

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, identified the key principles of success for surgeons, namely a commitment to education, dedication to paradigm-shifting science, and support for collaboration across all specialties in her Presidential Address at Clinical Congress 2019.

The 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule: How will it affect surgeons and hospitals?

The 2020 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule: How will it affect surgeons and hospitals?

This article summarizes policy changes to the 2020 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

ACS acts to address burdensome, inappropriate use of prior authorization

ACS acts to address burdensome, inappropriate use of prior authorization

The College’s recommendations for relieving the administrative burdens associated with prior authorization (PA) are described and the flaws related to nondigital PA processes are outlined.

2019 state legislative review: State legislatures tackle a range of patient safety, access, and quality of care issues

2019 state legislative review: State legislatures tackle a range of patient safety, access, and quality of care issues

Action on state legislative priorities in 2019, including bills addressing surprise billing for out-of-network services, scope of practice, and Stop the Bleed legislation, is summarized.

2019 Executive Director’s annual report

2019 Executive Director’s annual report

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a comprehensive summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2019.

Joint contracting under antitrust laws: An overview

Joint contracting under antitrust laws: An overview

This article describes how joint contracting may be considered lawful via integration and summarizes the two forms of integration: clinical integration and financial integration.

Table 1. PAR and non-PAR reimbursement

Medicare enrollment and participation

This article provides guidance to assist Fellows in navigating their contractual relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The Joint Commission

Retained foreign bodies and wrong site surgery continue to be a challenge

This month’s article identifies the two most frequently reported types of sentinel events for the first half of 2019: foreign bodies and wrong site surgery.

Figure 1. Outcomes comparison, pre-ERAS vs. ERAS

ERAS program improves outcomes in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery and heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy

The Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Phoenix, implemented an enhanced recovery after surgery program for patients undergoing hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and the results and lessons learned are described.

Figure 1. Schema: ALCHEMIST CHEMO-IO

ALCHEMIST trial has potential to improve outcomes after lung cancer resection

The ALCHEMIST CHEMO-IO is a trial for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with the potential to change the way patients with resected NSCLC are treated.

Figure 4. Percent of astrocytoma and glioblastoma by sex for NCDB and CBTRUS in 2006–2010 and 2011–2015

Comparison of NCDB and CBTRUS demographic data for astrocytoma and glioblastoma

This article compares demographic data of astrocytomas and glioblastomas patients documented in the NCDB, a hospital-based cancer registry, with cases in the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the U.S.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: An overview of 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule provisions that will affect surgical practices

This month’s column summarizes key provisions in the 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule.

Dr. Meredith

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, is 2019-2020 ACS President-Elect

Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, has been elected to serve as the 2019–2020 President-Elect of the ACS.

Dr. Hughes

New ACS Secretary and Treasurer elected

Tyler G. Hughes, MD, FACS, was elected as ACS Secretary and Don K. Nakayama, MD, MBA, FACS, was elected Treasurer at the Annual Meeting of Members October 30 in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Farmer

New Regents, Board of Governors Executive Committee members elected

New ACS Regents were elected and new Board of Governors’ Executive Committee members were installed during the Annual Business Meeting of Members at Clinical Congress 2019.

ACS News

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect and ACS Board of Regents

The 2019 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, and the 2019 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select nominees for Officer-Elect positions.

ACS News

Nominations for 2020 ACS/Pfizer Volunteerism and Humanitarian awards to open December 16

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

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