Archive for 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.
The traits of a caring physician, including setting patient expectations, are summarized.
The following comments were received regarding recent articles published in the Bulletin.
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?
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.
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
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.
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a comprehensive summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2019.
This article describes how joint contracting may be considered lawful via integration and summarizes the two forms of integration: clinical integration and financial integration.
This article provides guidance to assist Fellows in navigating their contractual relationships with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM, has been elected to serve as the 2019–2020 President-Elect of the ACS.
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.
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.
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.
The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award.