Archive for October, 2020

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – October 2020

The educational programming, including Named Lectures and Special Interest Sessions, available at this year’s Virtual Clinical Congress 2020 are described.

Silent no more: Intimate partner violence and our surgical colleagues

This article focuses on IPV and explores the unique features of surgeons and surgical culture that may perpetuate silence and stigmatize IPV.

Surgeons’ guide to intimate partner violence in the era of COVID-19

Describes how the social, financial, and psychological ramifications of COVID-19 leave those affected by IPV particularly vulnerable.

Understanding gaps in pediatric surgery care in rural environments and forging a path forward

Outlines the factors contributing to the comfort level of general surgeons and anesthesiologists treating pediatric patients in rural hospitals.

The end-of-history illusion and the aging surgeon

Examines the many factors that may contribute to the aging surgeon’s view of retirement and the future of the profession.

ALLIANCE A021806 examines perioperative vs. adjuvant chemotherapy for resectable pancreatic cancer

Summarizes comparative study data to determine the utility of delivering perioperative and adjuvant chemotherapy to cancer patients.

2019 ACS Governors Survey: ACS Governors address regulatory environment and its effects on surgical practices

The results of a survey of the ACS Board of Governors are summarized, including viewpoints and experiences concerning regulatory burden.

2019 ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars describe how they and their patients benefit from the scholarships: Part II

The second half of the 12 COSECSA Women Scholars from 2019 are profiled.

Expansion of telemedicine may be the greatest benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic

Describes the benefits of telemedicine including minimizing patient, provider, and community exposure to COVID-19 and outlines strategies for expanding telehealth in the future.

Quality as a program, not a measure: An opportunity for health insurers to value quality as a comprehensive program

Describes the work between the CMS Innovation Center and the ACS to introduce a new type of quality measure that includes the infrastructure, resources, and processes needed to deliver optimal care.

YFA Communications Committee Essay Contest winner: Transitioning to mid-practice: Trust me: “I have been doing this for a while”

Sameh M. Said, MBBCh, MD, FACS, the winner of the YFA Communications Committee essay contest, summarizes lessons learned transitioning to the mid-practice stage of his career.

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Statement on the Importance of Pregnancy, Parental Leave, and Workplace Accommodations for Surgical Residents and Fellows

The Statement on Suicide Prevention was developed by the ACS COT’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February meeting in Chicago, IL.

Managing postoperative pain while limiting opioid prescriptions

Opioid abuse has come to the forefront of medical issues in recent years. What began in the 1990s with an increase in opioid prescriptions, fueled by a desire to better treat pain and reassurances from pharmaceutical companies on safety, developed into a crisis affecting nearly 1.7 million individuals by 2017, according to the National Institute […]

New trial aims to settle debate on the intensity of pancreatic cyst surveillance

Pancreatic cystic neoplasms occur in up to 20 percent of the U.S. adult population, and the incidence increases with more advanced age.1 In recent years, the prevalence of cystic neoplasms of the pancreas appears to be increasing as more patients undergo cross-sectional imaging in both the ambulatory and emergency setting. A recent study of patients […]

Trends in perioperative treatment of gastric cancer 2004–2017: An NCDB analysis

There will be 27,600 new diagnoses of gastric cancer and 11,010 gastric cancer-related deaths in the U.S. in 2020. Most patients with gastric cancer will succumb to their disease, and only those few patients diagnosed at an early stage can expect to be cured.1 Gastric cancer occurs with significantly higher incidence in eastern countries, which […]

I COUGH provides blueprint for sustainable quality improvement

The I COUGH program, which seeks to prevent non-ventilator-associated postoperative pulmonary complications, is a model for other sustainable quality improvement initiatives.

College offers resources for individuals who experience IPV

The ACS IPV Toolkit and other resources are outlined.

The SoMe4Trauma experience: Sailing the seven C’s

SoMe4Trauma (Social Media for Trauma) is an educational initiative on Twitter that brings trauma surgery and education into focus on social media. The initiative originated as an independent Twitter account July 5, 2019, under the umbrella of the bigger and older SoMe4Surgery* (Social Media for Surgery) community. Since then, SoMe4Surgery has thrived as an active […]

Janet Maria Vaughan—An unlikely hero

In the crucible of war, heroes are forged. We remember the political leaders who made critical decisions or the soldiers who put their lives on the line. Other heroes emerge without titles or uniforms. One example is Janet Maria Vaughan, MD (1899–1993). She started life unlikely to become a physician and even less likely to […]

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: CMS releases CY 2021 MPFS Proposed Rule

CMS releases CY 2021 MPFS Proposed Rule, which includes updates on payment policies, reimbursement rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the MPFS.


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