Archive for April, 2019

Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety

Looking forward – April 2019

Lessons learned and next steps regarding implementing standards drawn from the principles outlined in Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety are the focus of this month’s column.

Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray: Redefining gender roles in military medicine

This month’s cover story describes the pioneering accomplishments of two women physicians, Louisa Garrett Anderson, MD, and Flora Murray, MD, during World War I.

The ACS Quality and Safety Program: Louisville hospitals participate in first site visits

Summarizes the results of quality improvement initiatives as outlined in the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (Red Book) at two initial sites in Kentucky.

Surgeon leaders need to educate, elevate, and energize to create a culture of diversity: An interview with Dr. Julie Freischlag

Julie Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd(Hon), is the first subject of the “Profiles of Diversity” series developed by the ACS Committee on Diversity Issues.

Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Establishment of the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

The goals of the ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators™ are described, as are details regarding the academy’s inaugural induction ceremony of members in October 2018.

Metabolic Surgery Symposium

Collected papers of the ACS Metabolic Surgery Symposium Part V

This month’s articles focus on metabolic surgery in private practice and how metabolic surgery procedures vary internationally.

Metabolic surgery in private practice

Private practitioners played a major role in the evolution of advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery training. Academic physicians were disinterested in addressing obesity and were confronted with the distressing outcomes that followed the intestinal bypass. The private sector, with its marked surgeon autonomy and innovative mindset, was far more ready to accept early reports describing […]

Metabolic surgery: Procedures vary internationally

Figure 13. SG with jejunoileostomy anastomosis

Coding and Practice Management

Modifier 51 or 59? How to correctly report multiple procedures

The correct use of modifiers 51 and 59 are explained, including case examples featuring clinical scenarios with correct coding.

Dispatches from Rural Surgeons

Rural surgery call coverage: Innovative locoregional solutions can fill the gap

Two locum tenens systems, one in Canada and one in the U.S., provide locoregional solutions for rural surgical call coverage.

The Italian surgeons who helped build international relationships

The importance of international collaboration, with an emphasis on Italian surgeons who have contributed to this movement, is highlighted.

Preoperative smoking intervention techniques improve outcomes for lung cancer patients

Smoking cessation intervention trials examine potential outcome improvements for lung cancer patients.

The Joint Commission

Joint Commission reinstates individual physician mechanical thrombectomy volume eligibility requirement

Details regarding TJC’s decision to reinstate the individual mechanical thrombectomy volume eligibility requirement are summarized.

Current trends in prostate cancer: The role of brachytherapy

Both retrospective and prospective data are assessed to determine the quality of life outcomes for patients undergoing brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer.

Old, irregular, thin, and falling

This month’s column examines the occurrence of patients ages 80 or older on anticoagulants in the National Trauma Data Bank®.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Advocacy Summit Participants Set to Advocate on Health Policy Priorities

At the ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit, more than 300 Advocacy Summit participants representing 47 states will meet with members of Congress and their staffs. This article briefly highlights this year’s policy priorities.

ACS COT hosts inaugural Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention

An overview of the first Medical Summit on Firearm Injury Prevention hosted by the ACS COT February 10–11 is provided.

Dr. Walker (photo courtesy of Library of Congress)

Call for nominations for 2019 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

Nominations for the annual Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award are being accepted.

ACS News

Call for nominations for ACS Secretary and Treasurer positions

The 2019 Nominating Committee of the Board of Regents will be selecting nominees for the positions of Secretary and Treasurer of the ACS.

CoC announces 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted its 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to a select group of 24 accredited cancer programs throughout the U.S. The OAA designation is presented to exceptional CoC-accredited programs that have met the criteria for all seven commendation-eligible CoC standards, and have achieved compliance […]


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