Archive for December, 2018

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – December 2018

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt summarizes key ACS achievements in 2018.

Presidential Address: For our patients

Presidential Address: For our patients

Ronald V. Maier, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), FCSHK(Hon), described the importance of patient-centered care and the evolving role of surgeon leaders in his Presidential Address at Clinical Congress 2018.

AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR expands scope in 2019

AHRQ Safety Program for ISCR expands scope in 2019

The origin and future direction of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery Safety Program are described.

The 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule

The 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule: An overview of provisions affecting surgical practices

This article summarizes policy changes to the 2019 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

2018 state legislative review and a look toward 2019

2018 state legislative review and a look toward 2019

State legislative priorities for 2018, including bills addressing trauma, injury prevention, scope of practice, out-of-network billing, UEVHPA and MOC, are identified as are key issues for 2019.

2018 Executive Director's Annual Report

2018 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 2018.

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part I

The introductory remarks, preface, and table of contents for the collected papers from the Metabolic Surgery Symposium, which will be published in the January issue of the Bulletin, are presented.

What Surgeons Should Know About...

Medicare participation and enrollment

Physicians, nonphysician practitioners, and other Medicare Part B providers must enroll in the Medicare program to be paid for the covered services and items they provide to Medicare beneficiaries. Providers must make their 2019 Medicare determinations by December 31. As the deadline approaches and providers consider their options with respect to Medicare participation, this column […]

Coding and Practice Management

Reap the benefits of attending a 2019 ACS Surgical Coding Workshop

An overview of ACS surgical coding workshops, including topics covered at the sessions and registration information, is provided.


Surveillance testing for colorectal cancer: New evidence supports a change in guidelines

New studies are identified suggesting that more frequent or intensive surveillance testing may not result in earlier detection of cancer recurrence.

The Joint Commission

Collaboration to improve quality of total hip and total knee replacement programs

The partnership between The Joint Commission and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which includes the Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification program is summarized.

Penile injuries: Rare but potentially hazardous

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

Dateline DC

Dateline: DC—ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC makes an impact on 2018 midterm elections

This month’s column highlights the impact of the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and how it establishes important relationships to further ACS legislative priorities.

Dr. Rusch

Valerie W. Rusch, MD, FACS, is 2018–2019 ACS President-Elect

Valerie W. Rusch MD, FACS, was elected President-Elect of the ACS during the Annual Business Meeting of Members at Clinical Congress 2018; two Vice-Presidents-elect also were elected at the meeting.

Dr. Napolitano

New Regents, Board of Governors Executive Committee members elected

New ACS Regents were elected and new Board of Governors’ Executive Committee members were installed during the Annual Business Meeting of Members at Clinical Congress 2018.

ACS News

Call for nominations for ACS Officers-Elect and ACS Board of Regents

The 2019 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, and the 2019 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select nominees for Officer-Elect positions.

Coming next month in JACS and online now: Standardization of outpatient procedure narcotics: A prospective non-inferiority study to reduce opioid use in outpatient general surgical procedures

For outpatient open hernia repair and cholecystectomy, researchers report that a standardized pain care bundle significantly decreased opioid prescribing.

Nominations for 2019 ACS/Pfizer Volunteerism and Humanitarian awards due February 15

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

Brazil Chapter: ACS Region 14 Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: ACS Governors from chapters in Latin America and the Caribbean attended the Annual Meeting of Region 14 on September 11. This meeting was held in conjunction with the Regional Congress of Rio de Janeiro of the Central Nucleus of the Brazilian College of Surgeons. The ACS General Surgery Review Course was offered during this event, which was the first of its kind in Brazil. Photo: Savino Gasparini, MD, FACS, ACS Governor (left), and 2017–2018 ACS President Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, FRCS(Hon).

Chapter news

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

Scholarships and Fellowshipes

Apply for 2019 International ACS NSQIP Scholarships

Application details and deadlines for the 2019 International ACS NSQIP Scholarships are provided in this news brief.


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