Archive for May, 2014

Looking forward – May 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights trends in operating room procedures, and describes the possible implications of these developments.

Liability reforms needed to provide timely care to disaster victims

This article describes the need for uniform license recognition and liability protection laws for volunteer health professionals, provides an update on Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, and discusses the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act.

International Guest Scholarships: An investment in surgical training around the globe

Three previous International Guest Scholars describe their experiences at U.S. health care facilities and how this exposure to advanced operative techniques has resulted in improved patient outcomes and safer patient care in their counties of origin.

Implementation of the ACA: Turning federal law into state-level reality

A summary of the Affordable Care Act provisions that are to be implemented at the state level, as well as a review of how specific states are addressing Medicaid expansion are highlighted in this article.

Vascular practice develops night float call system to improve attending well-being without decreasing productivity

Work-hour restrictions and how they are applied to residents versus attendings are described in this article. The authors describe how they implemented a rotating call system to help ensure the attending surgeons’ elective schedules were clear after being on night call.

Billing for services performed by nonphysician practitioners

Typically, nonphysician practitioners (NPPs) provide incident-to or shared services, while others serve as assistants during operations. This column answers payment questions surgeons may have regarding NPP services.

Reporting patient safety indicator-15

The ACS has received comments from Fellows indicating that some hospital quality reporting departments continue to misunderstand how to correctly report patient safety indicator (PSI)-15. This column provides background and coding guidance to assist surgeons in working with their hospital staff on reporting PSI-15.

Remembering Hank

The lasting impact of Henry T. Bahnson, MD, FACS, a Past-President of the College, is detailed in this month’s column.

Patient quality of life: Vitally important

Surgical quality of life questions can be an important part of assessing the impact of changes in treatment and, therefore, can play a significant role in prospective clinical trials.

Physicians play important role in on-site survey process

The Joint Commission’s unannounced survey process is critically important in evaluating the quality of care that patients receive from an organization.

Residential institutions

This month’s column examines the occurrence of injuries in a residential institution in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

ACS, Ohio health care leaders identify tools for improving health care quality, patient outcomes

The College hosted the ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum, Ohio—the 17th stop on the Inspiring Quality Tour—on March 28. A panel of health care leaders from several Ohio institutions discussed how quality improvement efforts enhance surgical patient safety and reduce costs.

1913 Legacy Campaign announces $1.75 million raised toward goal

The Board of Directors of the ACS Foundation announced that as of mid-March Fellows and friends had contributed $1.75 million to the 1913 Legacy Campaign, which meets 35 percent of the campaign’s $5 million goal.

College seeks Medical Director for Operation Giving Back

The ACS has initiated a search for a full-time Medical Director for the Operation Giving Back (OGB) program and is accepting applications for the position through May 30.

Study shows secondary thyroid tumors more deadly in young people

A study in the February 24 issue of Cancer indicates that adolescents and young adults who develop thyroid cancer secondary to another type of cancer have a 6.6-times greater risk of mortality than patients with primary thyroid cancer.

ACS Archives: Historic films now available online

A collection of historic films from the ACS Archives is now available for viewing on the College’s website.

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.

ACS in the News

This summary provides excerpts from news stories covered by external media outlets from January through March 2014 that mention key ACS activities and initiatives.

Disciplinary actions taken

This report details the disciplinary actions the ACS Board of Regents took at its February 7, 2014, meeting.

ACS Faculty Research Fellowships awarded to five surgeons

The recipients of the ACS Faculty Research Fellows for 2014 are announced.


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