Archive for January, 2013

Looking forward – January 2013

The ACS has engaged in an ongoing performance improvement process for approximately 18 months to help ensure that the College has a world-class workforce dedicated to helping Fellows and members provide high-quality care to the surgical patient. The current phase of this process is focused on defining the ACS’ organizational values, which are as follows: Professionalism, Excellence, Innovation, Introspection, and Inclusion. This column discusses these five values, the rational for making them priorities, and the behaviors associated with each principle.

2013 payment policy and coding changes affecting surgical practice

Several changes to payment policy and coding and reimbursement will take effect in 2013. Although the Medicare physician fee schedule and coding changes introduce several important payment and coding policies that will affect all physicians, this article focuses on updates particularly relevant to surgery and other related specialties.

2012 state legislative wrap-up

This article provides an overview of important state health care issues—including medical liability reform, quality and patient safety, workforce issues, cancer care, and others—that ACS State Affairs staff monitored in 2012.

2011–2012: A year of reaffirming the College’s past and anticipating the needs of the future

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, Past-Chair of the ACS Board of Regents highlights key policies and programs that the Board approved over the last year and provides updates on the College’s activities related to quality improvement, access to care, and surgical education.

Highlights of the 2012 Clinical Congress

The ACS 2012 Clinical Congress provided surgeons, medical students, surgical residents, and other members of the operating room team with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of educational experiences. This wrap-up summarizes key events at the meeting including the ACS Centennial celebration, Convocation, Named Lectures, and awards winners and honorees.

Bulletin provides coverage of the dedication and inauguration of Murphy Memorial

To help commemorate the American College of Surgeons’ 100th anniversary, the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons is reprinting articles centered on the issues and developments that have defined the character and integrity of the organization throughout its history. This month, the Bulletin is reprinting an article from the July 1926 issue titled “American College of Surgeons Dedication and Inauguration of the John B. Murphy Memorial.”

ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee

The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting of the 2012 Clinical Congress.

The importance of surgical workforce maps

This column provides answers to questions surgeons may have concerning the central focus of the ACS Health Policy Research Institute and the relevance of surgical workforce maps to policymakers, providers, and patients.

College leaders answer the question, “Why is rural surgery an important issue now?”

The College’s Board of Regents has placed new emphasis on the issue of rural surgery, and with the Board’s support an Advisory Council for Rural Surgery was formed in June 2012. This column explores what motivated the ACS leadership to start focusing attention on this important issue now.

Is medicine still a good profession? Reflections of a retired surgeon

This column is intended to provide an opportunity for surgeons at every stage of their career to discuss their concerns regarding the practice and profession of surgery. The inaugural column offers the perspective of a retired surgeon with regard to whether surgeons should encourage young people to pursue a career in medicine and the importance of mentorship.

Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer: Pushing the technical limits of surgery

This column discusses how multimodality therapy, including surgical resection, now represents a potential route to long-term survival for a group of patients with so-called “borderline resectable” cancers.

Using simulation to achieve high reliability

Simulation, a technique rather than a technology, is a viable, immersive method to achieve high reliability, according to a presentation at the 2012 Fifth International High Reliability Conference last May.

Annual Report 2012: More than 70 percent

The 2012 Annual Report of the National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB®)—an updated analysis of the largest aggregation of U.S. and Canadian trauma registry data—is highlighted in this month’s column.

ACS in the news

The work of the ACS is often reported in broadcast, online, print, and social media throughout the world. Beginning with this issue, the Bulletin periodically will direct your attention to some recent major news stories that mention key ACS activities and initiatives. Following are brief summaries of and excerpts from the stories.

Follow the ACS Centennial celebration online

The ACS has developed a Web page dedicated to the Centennial, including a link to an interactive timeline titled 100 Years of Surgical Quality Improvement.

Dr. Leonard Weireter appointed to NQF panel

Leonard J. Weireter, Jr., MD, FACS, a general surgeon and a member of ACS Board of Governors, has been appointed to the National Quality Forum’s Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Services Measure Topic Prioritization expert panel.

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.

ACS staffer receives NAEMT Lifetime Achievement Award

Will Chapleau, EMT-P, RN, TNS, ACS Director of Performance Improvement, is the 2012 recipient of the Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award.

Call for nominations for ACS Board of Regents

The 2013 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents that will need to be filled during the 2013 Clinical Congress.

Stay current by using new ACS member e-mail forwarding benefit

Fellows are encouraged to go to to register for service that ensures all e-mail from the College is promptly forwarded to their current e-mail addresses.


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