Archive for December, 2018
In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt summarizes key ACS achievements in 2018.
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.
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: 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.
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.
ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2018.
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.
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 […]
An overview of ACS surgical coding workshops, including topics covered at the sessions and registration information, is provided.
New studies are identified suggesting that more frequent or intensive surveillance testing may not result in earlier detection of cancer recurrence.
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.
This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients with penile gunshot wounds in the National Trauma Data Bank® (NTDB®) research dataset.
This month’s column highlights the impact of the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and how it establishes important relationships to further ACS legislative priorities.
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.
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.
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.
The ACS, in association with Pfizer, is accepting nominations for the 2019 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award.
ACS chapter meetings, meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.
Application details and deadlines for the 2019 International ACS NSQIP Scholarships are provided in this news brief.