Archive for September, 2018

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – September 2018

Dr. Hoyt’s column highlights the Scientific Program of Clinical Congress 2018, as well as other educational and member engagement opportunities offered during the annual meeting.

Women at the helm of the ACS: Charting a course to gender equity

Women surgeons describe the factors that have led to their leadership roles within the profession and the ACS and provide advice for young surgeons considering similar career pathways.

Shriners Hospitals: Making the dream of global surgery a reality for pediatric burn patients

This article describes the Shriners-Galveston model for treating pediatric burn patients from LMICs through logistical and regulatory partnerships.

EHRs add to surgeons’ administrative burdens: The ACS responds

EHR usability challenges are summarized, including its inability to adapt to individual practices and outdated documentation guidelines.

ACS works with Congress to address the U.S. opioid crisis

The ACS advocacy efforts and policy positions regarding the opioid crisis are summarized as are the key points of the SUPPORT Patients and Communities Act, which includes provisions for treatment, prevention, and safe disposal of opioids.

You are your own best advocate: A how-to guide

Strategies for enhancing the role of surgeons in health policy advocacy are highlighted.

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Revised Statement on Patient Safety in the Operating Room: Team Care

The ACS Statement on Surgical Patient Safety was revised to focus on team care and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2018 meeting in Chicago, IL.

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Statement on Recommendations for Surgeons Caring for Patients Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Statement on Recommendation for Surgeons Caring for Patients Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses was developed by the ACS Committee on Ethics and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 2018 meeting in Chicago, IL.

What Surgeons Should Know About...

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program billing requirements

The restrictions regarding physicians’ ability to seek reimbursement for cost-sharing amounts from Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) enrollees are summarized as are practices to ensure compliance with QMB billing rules.

Coding and Practice Management

Frequently asked questions about CPT coding for breast surgery: An update

An update on correct coding for breast procedures, including case examples, is provided.

NSQIP Case Studies

A multidisciplinary approach reduces clostridium difficile infections in adult surgical patients

Researchers at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC, conducted a quality improvement project to identify opportunities to reduce clostridium difficile infection.

From Residency to Retirement

The pillars of personal financial success: Filling a critical gap in surgical education

The benefits of a trainee-focused financial literacy program targeted at the general surgery resident are described.

The evolving clinical management of sentinel node-positive melanoma: The impact of MSLT-II on clinical practice

The results of the Multicenter Selective Lymphadenectomy Trial-II as they relate to treatment recommendations for melanoma patients with a positive sentinel lymph mode biopsy are summarized.

ACS Archives

The College, surgeons, and the Great War

Highlights the College’s efforts to prepare its American Fellows to treat patients during World War I.

Joint Commission changes how it assesses safety culture

Summarizes enhancements made to the assessment of an organization’s safety culture during the accreditation process.

Breaking the cage: Rib fractures

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

Valerie W. Rusch

Dr. Valerie W. Rusch to receive ACS Distinguished Service Award

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, a thoracic surgeon in New York, NY, has been selected to receive this year’s Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor.

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Annual Business Meeting of Members, American College of Surgeons

The Annual Business Meeting of Members of the ACS will take place at Clinical Congress 2018 on Wednesday, October 24, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, MA.

Surgeons honored for volunteerism and humanitarianism

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2018 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.


Register today for the 2018 TQIP Annual Meeting

The ninth annual Trauma Quality Improvement Program Scientific Meeting and Training will take place November 16−18, in Anaheim, CA.


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