Archive for April, 2014

Looking forward – April 2014

An update on the College’s Transition to Practice Program in General Surgery is the focus of Dr. Hoyt’s column this month, including a closer look at two institutions currently pilot testing the program.

Dual eligible beneficiaries: Roles for surgeons under health care reform

Medicare and Medicaid coverage access to care issue for dual eligibles are reviewed in this article. Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that are designed to improve care for this patient population, including those calling for establishment of state demonstration projects, are described.

Trauma and emergency care under the Affordable Care Act

An update on provisions in the Affordable Care Act related to trauma care and trauma systems is provided, as is a summary of surge capacity issues in the current system.

Is your office helping you prevent wrong site surgery?

This article documents how miscommunication between the surgeon’s office and the operating suite can lead to wrong site surgery and offers recommendations on how to ensure that the correct information is conveyed.

The aging surgeon: When is it time to leave active practice?

A surgeon’s potential markers of performance in the aging surgeon is the focus of this article. It includes a review of skills assessment issues and offers practical solutions for senior practitioners looking to transition away from practice.

The Measure Applications Partnership

An overview of the Measures Applications Partnership and the recommendations provided by the College on performance measures in public reporting and performance-based payment programs is the focus of this month’s column.

Rural surgery is a global issue: The perspective of an Argentine surgeon

The challenges and benefits of practicing surgery in rural Argentina are highlighted in this column.

RAS-ACS International Exchange Scholarship Program provides unique opportunity for global collaboration

The goals and preliminary impact of the International Exchange Scholarship Program developed by the Resident and Associate Society of the College are summarized in this column, along with brief excerpts of scholars’ reports detailing their experiences with the program.

Community-based physicians and hospitals need to participate in clinical trials

Enrolling patients into national clinical trials—particularly patients from community cancer centers—is necessary to advance the science and treatment of cancer care.

ACS returns books to the Illinois College Medical Library: A look at their history

This month’s column describes the return of important historical medical texts from the ACS to the Illinois College Medical Library.

Physicians invited to play a larger role in standards process

The Joint Commission’s ongoing efforts to include physicians in the standards development process is described in this month’s column.

Top 10 list

This month’s column highlights the top 10 hospital-related complications reported in 2013 admission year medical records.

Hartford Consensus in action: Law enforcement gets equipment, training to control bleeding

An update on the Hartford Consensus initiative, including the distribution of bleeding control kits and training to police departments around the country, is provided in this news brief.

HealthLeaders Media: Accreditation improves bariatric outcomes

An article in the February 6 HealthLeaders Media, “Better bariatric surgery outcomes depend on data accreditation,” underscores the effectiveness of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program, which has created a single accreditation process for bariatric centers.

Surgeons, anesthesiologists develop resource standards for optimal pediatric care

The Journal of the American College of Surgeons has published new standards, which define the resources necessary to perform operations effectively and safely in infants and children. In the report, the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care issued a classification system for children’s surgical centers similar to the trauma center levels assigned by the College.

Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, appears on 60 Minutes segment

Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS, recently commented on gender disparities in medical research during a segment on 60 Minutes, which aired on February 9.

Register now for 2014 Rural Surgery Symposium, May 9–10, in Chicago

The 2014 Rural Surgery Symposium—Advocacy, Economics, and Patient Care—will focus on national and local influences on surgical care in rural America as well as how changes in surgical education may affect future rural surgical care.

Chapter news – April 2014

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

Chapter leadership succession planning helps to build stronger chapters

An overview of chapter management succession planning is provided in this news brief, including information on responsibilities and terms of Executive Committee members.

North Carolina IQ Forum participants identify challenges, opportunities in health care

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, North Carolina—the 16th stop on the Inspiring Quality Tour—on February 19. A panel of health care leaders from several North Carolina institutions discussed how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.


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