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Federal Legislative Priorities

ACS pushes forward on federal legislative priorities

ACS advocacy-related activities for the first half of 2017 are described, and updates on the CoC and Stop the Bleed initiatives are provided.

Federal Legislative Priorities

Using advocacy to advance ACS policy priorities for surgeons and their patients

Describes how a bill becomes a law, the four congressional committees that have jurisdiction over most health care legislation, and how ACS DAHP tracks relevant legislation.

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ACS achieves notable legislative victories in 2016

The ACS federal lobbying team successfully accomplished multiple legislative wins in 2016  covering a range of topics including the Cancer Moonshot initiative, opioid research and treatment funding, and issues related to health information technology interoperability.

Legislative activities and informed consent

ACS advocacy efforts and an automated informed consent tool are the two ACS benefits summarized in this month’s column.

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Looking forward – October 2015

The College works with trusted collaborators and provides members with the “intellectual property” needed to meet the challenges of modern-day practice.

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Registration now open for 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for the ACS 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

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Looking forward – December 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements from his 2014 annual report.

2014 Executive Director’s annual report

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2014.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2014

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of June 2014.

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Looking forward – July 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights the background and accomplishments of two newly recruited Medical Directors who will help lead the College’s Division of Advocacy and Health Policy—Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS.

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SurgeonsVoice: Your patients, your profession, your voice

An overview of SurgeonsVoice—the College’s nationwide, grassroots advocacy program—is featured in this article, including updates on how to use this tool to educate and influence members of Congress on issues of importance to surgery.

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Drs. Frank Opelka and Patrick Bailey join ACS leadership team

The ACS has announced that Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, a colorectal surgeon and physician executive, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS, a pediatric surgeon, will join the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy this summer.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: February 2014

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of February 2014.

Looking forward – February 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights ACS efforts over the last couple of years to assist the U.S. Congress in the development of a realistic and equitable payment system, including support of implementing a Value-Based Update—a patient-centered model aimed at improving quality while controlling spending.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: October 2013

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of October 2013.

Looking forward – December 2013

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements from his 2013 annual report.

Executive Director’s annual report

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2013.

College seeks Medical Director for Washington, DC, Office

The ACS has initiated a search process for a full-time staff position: Medical Director, Division of Advocacy and Health Policy.

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Dr. Frank Opelka appointed chair of PCPI

Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, Associate Medical Director of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, was recently appointed chair of the American Medical Association’s Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement.

Surgical leadership and political advocacy

Most surgeons seek to directly assist our patients through the course of their illnesses, paying little attention to the political environment or health care policy. However, over the last decade, it has become increasingly apparent that the independent patient-surgeon relationship is slowly vanishing.

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