Archive for April, 2013

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Looking Forward – April 2013

In his latest column, Dr. Hoyt discusses Driven by Highest Standards, Better Outcomes: American College of Surgeons, a video that focuses largely on some of the College’s most prominent members and leaders. Driven is a reminder of the determination embodied in all members of the College to pursue and provide excellent surgical care.

Emerging trends in lifelong learning: New directions for ACS surgical education programs

The future of surgical education will involve innovations in telemedicine and immersive instruction, increased emphasis on simulation, and lifelong learning opportunities that are customized to the individual surgeon’s training and knowledge gaps. The learning needs of surgeons can vary greatly, but through state-of-the-art educational programming and training, the ultimate goals of lifelong learning—patient safety and quality of care—are obtainable.

State legislative update: Lawmakers address prescribing practices and pill mills

This article examines the growing epidemic of overuse and availability of narcotic painkillers, describes state legislative and regulatory efforts to control the problem, and presents examples of how state medical boards are currently seeking to address this issue.

Dr. Brendan C. Brady serves “invisible population” of migrant workers in upstate New York

For the past seven years, general surgeon Brendan C. Brady, MD, FACS, has provided migrant workers in upstate New York with access to safe, quality surgical care. In this article, Dr. Brady—the recipient of the 2012 ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award for Domestic Outreach—reveals the challenges and the rewards of working with marginalized populations.

ACS Fellows provide surgical leadership and service in India

Details on how a delegation of ACS members became involved in a People to People-led cultural exchange program in India are provided. The authors also recount their experiences at urban medical centers and contrast those visits with the provision of services at a health care clinic in rural India. The economic and cultural factors that affect health care in India, including the effects of industrialization and the traditional caste system, are addressed.

Centennial reprint: 1942: ACS plays critical role in war effort

To help commemorate the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) 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 two items that represent the ACS’ initial involvement and commitment to service during World War II: introductory material from the “War Issue,” published in April 1942 and an announcement that the 1942 Clinical Congress would be cancelled.

Statement on optimal access

The following statement was developed by the American College of Surgeons Regental Committee on Optimal Access and approved by the College’s Board of Regents.

Governors’ Socioeconomic Issues Committee

The latest report of the Board of Governors’ Socioeconomic Issues Committee (SEIC) provides updates on the nominations for the ACS/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Awards and the Surgical Humanitarian Award, details regarding the SEIC’s white paper titled Surgical Care and Career Opportunities in a Changing Practice Paradigm, and a information regarding efforts to redesign revitalize the SEIC as the Health Policy and Advocacy Workgroup.

Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College

This reports provides details on the recent activities of the Board of Governors’ Committee to Study the Fiscal Affairs of the College, including a reorganization of the committee structure to align with the major pillars of the College, and information regarding the consolidated financial statements of the College for fiscal year 2012.

Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations

The Governors’ Committee on Chapter Relations’ (GCCR) activities for the last year are summarized in this report, including updates on the Advocacy and Coalitions Subcommittee, a recap of the 2012 Best Practices to Keep Chapters Running Smoothly session at the 2012 Clinical Congress, and details regarding the transition of the GCRR into the Chapter Activities National Workgroup.

PQRS reporting in 2013

A comparison of the requirements in the 2012 and 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) are summarized in this column, as is information on using the measure specifications manual and tips for reporting PQRS measure.

A Regent’s perspective

James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, Regental liaison to the Advisory Council for Rural Surgery discusses his experiences as a rural surgeon and offers potential solutions to the problems with recruiting and training surgeons to practice in a nonurban environment.

Changing the surgical culture, one apple at a time

“In health care, the culture of intimidation is often perpetuated down the chain, as that same intimidated individual turns around and bullies a resident or medical student,” observes the author of this month’s column. Although the surgical profession has begun to address disruptive behavior over the past decade, there is still a demonstrated need for continued improvement at medical institutions throughout the country.

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, SCHA collaborate on high-reliability program

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the South Carolina Hospital Association have teamed up to launch the South Carolina Safe Care Commitment, which seeks new ways to strengthen processes, systems, and structures in order to provide consistently excellent, safe patient care.

Keep your hands and fingers off the table

Approximately 40,000 individuals in the U.S. seek emergency department treatment each year by examining admissions medical records data from the National Trauma Data Bank® research dataset for 2011.

Letters to the Editor

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

ACS Foundation launches 1913 Legacy Campaign

The ACS Foundation Board of Directors has launched the 1913 Legacy Campaign, a one-time fundraising initiative in honor of the College’s Centennial. The campaign will invest in continuing education, support development of best practices and health policy, and advance the societal good through volunteerism.

ACS, Florida health care leaders discuss quality improvement, patient safety programs at Winter Park forum

The ACS joined the Florida Hospital Association and Florida Blue (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida) on January 23 in Jacksonville for the 12th Surgical Health Care Quality Forum. The event was part of an ACS-sponsored national tour that brings together hospitals, health plans, physicians, government, and other health care leaders to share best practices for improving patient care and achieving better outcomes.

Chapter news – April 2013

ACS chapter meetings, events, and awards are summarized.

ACS in the news

Print, broadcast, and online media around the world, including social media, frequently report on the work of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Following are brief excerpts from news stories published from November 2012 to February 2013 that mention key ACS activities and initiatives, including research findings appearing in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.


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