Archive for February, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – 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.

2021 Medicare physician fee schedule: How will it affect your practice?

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 […]

Price and cost: Both are important to achieve value-based care

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 […]

Profiles in surgical research: Dr. Michael Bowdish leads effort to combat COVID-19

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.


Hospital aims to stop the clot in neurosurgery

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 […]

Preoperative radiotherapy for retroperitoneal sarcoma: Where do we go from here?

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 Quality Payment Program in 2021

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 […]

New Speak Up campaign focuses on how patients can play an active role in surgical safety

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 sun always rises after a dreadful, stormy night

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.

AWS Foundation honors 2020 award recipients

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 […]

Applications for Jacobson Promising Investigator Award accepted through February 28

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 […]

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

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.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities, October 2020

This report describes the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the ACSPA and the College as of October 2020.

Chapter News

Chapter news

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

Report from the Central Judiciary Committee: Five surgeons disciplined in 2020

This report summarizes the disciplinary actions taken by the ACS Board of Regents at its February 7 meeting.


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