Archive for February, 2021
This column provides a timeline of the events that led to the passage of the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which directs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to postpone plans to eliminate payment for non-office-based evaluation and management services.
Editor’s note: This article was posted electronically with the January Bulletin so that surgeons would have access to the important information it provides regarding changes in Medicare payment that took effect that month. Because of delays in the release of the final rule on the updates, this information was unavailable when the print version of […]
HIGHLIGHTS Explains the difference between price and cost Describes methods for measuring both variables Underscores their importance in value-based payment model design Highlights ACS THRIVE Insurers increasingly tell surgeons that they need to reduce costs as health care grows unaffordable for a growing proportion of Americans. Similarly, hospital administrators frequently challenge surgeons to reduce their costs, […]
Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture: Never let a good crisis go to waste: Continuous professional development and COVID-19
Editor’s note: The following is an edited version of the Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture that Dr. Greenberg delivered at the virtual Clinical Congress 2020. The presentation has been modified to conform with Bulletin style and space limitations. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in […]
Dr. Bowdish biking in the Half Ironman triathlon
How the San Diego-Imperial Chapter maintained surgical health policy advocacy in the era of COVID-19
Summarizes the efforts of an ACS chapter to organize a virtual advocacy meeting with a California state senator and other stakeholders.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurrences are defined by a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), or both. VTE affects nearly one in 1,000 people and contributes to 60,000–100,000 deaths annually.* Risk factors for VTE can be both hereditary and acquired. We have come to understand that patients who require surgery are at a higher risk […]
The role of radiation therapy (RT) in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas has been a longstanding topic of debate among physicians, and institutional and individual preferences have led to significant variability and inconsistencies in its use.1 The presumed benefit of RT in the management of retroperitoneal sarcomas has been inferred from its local control benefit […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized several updates to meet the participation requirements for year five (2021) of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP comprises two pathways for participation—the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or sufficient participation in an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (A-APM). If you participate via MIPS, your score […]
Note from Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), FRCS(Hon), FRCSEd(Hon)* In 2015, I was appointed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to serve as the ACS representative on The Joint Commission. I thought that it would be important to pick a topic that The Joint Commission was working on that might be particularly relevant […]
The virtual commencement address delivered by Dr. Hussain to the 2020 graduation class of the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences, OH, describes the role of young physicians in an ever-evolving world.
The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Foundation honored several surgeons and trainees who are supportive of the AWS mission to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to meet their professional and personal goals at its Virtual Awards Ceremony December 6, 2020. Nina Starr Braunwald Award The 2020 Nina Starr Braunwald Award, which recognizes a lifetime […]
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting applications for the 2021 Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award (JPIA) through February 28, 2021. The JPIA was established to recognize outstanding surgeons who are engaging in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to […]
The 2021 Nominating Committee of the Board of Governors will select nominees for pending vacancies on the Board of Regents, and the 2021 Nominating Committee of the Fellows will select candidates for Officer-Elect positions.
This report describes the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the ACSPA and the College as of October 2020.
ACS domestic and international chapter meetings, events, and award presentations are summarized.
This report summarizes the disciplinary actions taken by the ACS Board of Regents at its February 7 meeting.