Archive for April, 2017

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – April 2017

Dr. Hoyt outlines lessons learned from the West African Ebola epidemic, including the importance of protective surgical attire guidelines, as described in the new book Operation Ebola: Surgical Care during the West African Outbreak.

Latin America

Using global surgical indicators to improve trauma care in Latin America

This article describes how Latin American trauma program development may be improved by LCoGS indicator measurement and summarizes strategies for data collection and analysis to enhance global surgical care.

UM Ryder Trauma Center/ Israel fellowship program provides a model for global trauma training

UM Ryder Trauma Center’s ongoing efforts to assist in the development of sustainable global trauma systems is the focus of this article, particularly the facility’s training program for Israeli trauma surgeons.

2017 Performance Category Weights

QPP in 2017: Navigating the transition year

This article outlines the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) components, explains reporting requirements for individuals and groups, and summarizes the transition to MIPS in 2017.


The future of trauma care on Capitol Hill: Implementing military-civilian trauma care and establishing a national trauma system

The role of the NASEM report in developing trauma-focused legislation, specifically policy related to military-civilian partnerships, are described.

Figure 7. Financial barriers for international surgeons

2016 ACS International Governors Survey: Membership benefits and challenges for International Fellows are revealed in first-time study

The ACS Board of Governors conducted its first survey of International Governors in 2016 to assess the needs of International Fellows and the global surgery community.

Statement on the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in children and pregnant women

The following statement on general anesthetics and sedation drugs in children and pregnant women was developed by the ACS Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery and approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its February 2017 meeting.


Reporting global codes data in 2017

This column describes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ efforts to collect global surgical codes data from practitioners in nine states..

Doctor with file

Hernia repair and complex abdominal wall reconstruction

An update is provided on correct coding for hernia repair and complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

Rural Surgery

Diamonds in the rough—a case for rural surgery rotations

A resident offers his perspective on strategies for stemming rural workforce shortages.

ACS Clinical Research Program

Junior investigators: Get engaged in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

Strategies for enhancing junior investigator participation in Alliance programs are highlighted.

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery

ACS Case Reviews in Surgery and AHRQ Safety Program for ERAS: New ACS programs enhance quality patient care

This month’s column describes two ACS programs: The ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, which is intended to improve surgical skills, and the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program, which supports evidence-based perioperative care.


New resources for surgeons to obtain true informed consent

New informed consent resources developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and The Joint Commission are summarized.

Figure 1. Hospital discharge status

Make no bones about it

This month’s column examines the occurrence of femur fractures reported in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.

Dr. Cooley

In memoriam: Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, a fierce competitor

Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon and Past-Governor of the American College of Surgeons, passed away November 18, 2016.

Metropolitan Philadelphia Chapter: Winners of the Resident Jeopardy Tournament (front row, from left), Drs. Brady, Rivera, Nowak, Gianonne, and Hall. Back row, from left: Drs. Butcher, Kolff, and Johnson.

Chapter news

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

Access new surgeon and resident well-being resources

The ACS has compiled several resources to support surgeons and residents who are experiencing periods of distress.

Associate Fellows: Apply now for ACS Fellowship

The qualifications for ACS Fellowship and the steps necessary to apply are described in this news brief.

“Stop the Bleed” poster developed for educational purposes by Dr. Jacobs and Ciné-Med

Capitol Hill lawmakers participate in bleeding control simulations

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill participated in bleeding control simulations during a congressional briefing hosted by the ACS Committee on Trauma.


Coming next month in JACS, and online now: Public perceptions of overlapping surgery

This news brief highlights a JACS article that examines public perceptions of overlapping surgery.


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