Archive for December, 2013

Looking forward – December 2013

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

Presidential Address: The surgeon of the future: Anchoring innovation and science with moral values

Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, highlighted the major forces affecting surgery today and offers guidance for shaping the future of the profession in his Presidential Address at the ACS Convocation Ceremony during the 2013 Clinical Congress.

Fellow pays tribute to ACS and citizen surgeons

Alexander Stojadinovic, MD, FACS, delivered a tribute to the ACS and all citizen surgeons at the President’s Dinner during the 2013 Clinical Congress in Washington, DC. The following is an edited version of that presentation.

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.

2013 state legislative wrap-up

An overview of state legislation, regulation, and judicial rulings from 2013 is provided in this article, including updates on medical liability reform, injury prevention, scope of practice, and other issues.

Get some rest: Minimizing the effects of sleep deprivation on patient care

Sleep deprivation among surgeons and residents is the focus of this article—an excerpt from Being Well and Staying Competent: Challenges for the Surgeon, a guidebook issued earlier this year by the Board of Governors’ Committee on Physician Competency and Health.

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014

This year marks a pivotal point in the EHR Incentive Program, as it will be the first year some EPs will begin or continue participating in Stage 1 of the program and others will begin participating in Stage 2 of the program. This column responds to questions that surgeons may have regarding the 2014 reporting options, important deadlines, and penalties associated with noncompliance and nonparticipation.

The Medicare program: Enrollment and participation options

This column answers questions surgeons may have regarding their enrollment and participation options in the Medicare program especially as the new year approaches.

Hospitals making improvements in use of evidence-based surgical processes

This column highlights the overall performance of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals on quality of care core measures published in Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2013.

Sleeper hold

This column examines the occurrence of blunt carotid artery injuries in the National Trauma Data Bank research dataset for 2012.

Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, is President-Elect of the College

Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS during the Annual Business Meeting of Members. In addition, the First and Second Vice-Presidents-Elect were elected, along with a new ACS Treasurer and Secretary.

New ACS Regents and Governors elected

New ACS Regents and Governors were elected during the Annual Business Meeting of Members at the 2013 Clinical Congress.

CoC comments on recent IOM report regarding cancer care in the U.S.

Highlights of the ACS Commission on Cancer’s response to the Institute of Medicine report, Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis are featured in this news brief.

1913 Legacy Campaign officially launched at FLS luncheon

The 1913 Legacy Campaign fundraising initiative was publicly announced during the Fellows Leadership Society luncheon during the 2013 Clinical Congress.

Outcomes key to ACA mission of reducing health care costs

A forum sponsored by the National Journal and composed of several health care experts examined the complex political, medical, and business ramifications of the Affordable Care Act.

CMS recognizes ACS Surgeon Specific Registry as a PQRS-Qualified Registry

The ACS Surgeon Specific Registry has been recognized as a qualified registry for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Physician Quality Reporting System.

Chapter news – December 2013

ACS chapters meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.

Scholarships for 2014 Heller School Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management now available

The ACS is offering scholarships to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.

2012 ANZ Traveling Fellow reports on enriching trip “Down Under”

As the 2012 Traveling Fellow to Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Vikram S. Kashyap, MD, FACS, offers details about his personal and scientific interaction with ANZ colleagues.

2013 author index

Index of authors from the Bulletin for 2013


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