Archive for December, 2015

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – December 2015

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements from his 2015 annual report.

Dr. Richardson

Presidential Address: Challenges for the second century

J. David Richardson, MD, FACS, outlined the challenges of the second century for the surgical profession and ACS resources to meet those obstacles in his Presidential Address delivered during Clinical Congress 2015.

Silicone on Trial

When silicone medical devices were under attack: A regulatory leviathan

This article reviews the history of silicone use in medicine and surgery, examines the debate over the potential risks of silicone breast implants, and summarizes the role of government regulation and its potential effect on medical innovation.

Figure 2. Sample call-to-action tweet

Bariatric surgery, liability, and trauma: Key issues debated in state legislatures

This article provides an overview of key state health care issues in 2015—including coverage for bariatric surgery, liability reform, and scope of practice—and points to issues likely to gain prominence in 2016.

Dr. Miller (left) works with an Operation Mend patient to plan his upcoming surgery

Dr. Timothy Miller: A career in service to military, patients, veterans

Timothy A. Miller, MD, FACS, former chief, division of plastic surgery, University of California-Los Angeles, and co-founder of Operation Mend—a program that provides reconstructive surgery to severely wounded veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq—is the subject of this profile.

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Executive Director’s annual report

ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2015.

Successfully navigating the transition to ICD-10 terminology

New terminology associated with the expanded ICD-10 code set is defined in this month’s column.

CMS creates new place of service code for outpatient care at hospitals

This month’s column summarizes the new place of service code and describes the differences between “on” and “off campus” when submitting professional claims.

Figure 1. SWOG S1316 Schema

Prospective comparative effectiveness trial for malignant bowel obstruction: SWOG S1316

The aim and approach of the Prospective Comparative Effectiveness Trial for Malignant Bowel Obstruction trial is the focus of this month’s column.

The ACS Surgery Career Connection and Coding Hotline

An overview of the ACS Surgery Career Connection and the ACS Coding Hotline is provided.

The high reliability journey: A look in the mirror with Oro 2.0

Oro 2.0—a Web-based assessment application that enhances the reliability of health care institutions—is described in this month’s column.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

“Holiday Road”

This month’s column examines the occurrence of holiday motor vehicle driver-related injuries in the NTDB research dataset for 2013.

Dr. Townsend

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, next ACS President-Elect

Courtney M. Townsend, Jr., MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS during the Annual Business Meeting of Members; two Vice-Presidents-elect were also elected at the meeting.

Dr. Denneny

New Regents, B/G Executive Committee members elected

Several ACS Regents were elected and reelected, and new Board of Governors’ Executive Committee members were installed during the Annual Business Meeting of Members.

Nominations for 2016 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 29

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2016 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Jacobs, second from left, in a photo tweeted by the Department of Homeland Security from the White House event

Dr. Lenworth Jacobs speaks at White House “Stop the Bleed” event

Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, ACS Regent and Chairman of the Hartford Consensus, was among the featured speakers October 6 at a “Stop the Bleed” event at the White House.

Dr. Krizek

In memoriam: Dr. Thomas Krizek, leader in plastic surgery

Thomas J. Krizek, MD, MA, FACS, who played a major rule in the development of American plastic surgery, died at his home in Whittier, NC, at age 83.

Robert “Bob” Hope

Robert Hope succeeds Felix Niespodziewanski as Director of ACS Convention and Meetings

Robert “Bob” Hope succeeds Felix Niespodziewanski as Director of the ACS Convention and Meetings department.

Call for nominations for the ACS Board of Regents

The 2016 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents that will need to be filled at Clinical Congress 2016.

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect

The 2016 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents that will need to be filled during the Clinical Congress 2016.


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