Archive for June, 2021

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – June 2021

Describes the goals of ACS Quality Verification Program site visits and outlines the four options for individual and hospital systems to participate in the program.


Letters to the Editor

A retiring surgeon offers his perspectives on the challenges and benefits of the surgical profession.

The digital transformation in health care: The FDA’s perspective

Identifies the FDA’s role in regulating digital health technology and provides insights from Bakul Patel, Director of the DHCoE, on realizing the potential of these devices particularly as they relate to surgeons and surgical patients.

The why, what, where, and how of value-based contracts

Value-based contracts and their role in health care, namely, to control costs and support the provision of high-value health care goods and services, are described.


The lights go out in Europe during the 1914 Clinical Congress

This article summarizes the events leading up to World War I and their effect on the 1914 ACS Clinical Congress and describes the early ties the College had with the European surgical community.

Medicare physician payment and effective grassroots advocacy: A case study

Outlines how grassroots activity can motivate decision-makers to act on surgery’s behalf and underscores the importance of maintaining momentum in the 117th Congress.

Profiles in surgical research: Kamal M.F. Itani, MD, FACS

Kamal M.F. Itani, MD, FACS—chief of surgery, Veterans Affairs Boston Health Care System and a leader in health services research—is the latest physician to be profiled in this ongoing series.

Profiles in ACS leadership: A few questions for Joshua M. V. Mammen, MD, PhD, FACS

This profile provides a look into the professional accomplishments and personal interests of Joshua M. V. Mammen, MD, PhD, FACS, Chair of the ACS Young Fellows Association.

Using the palliative performance scale to increase goals of care conversations

The results of a quality improvement initiative at Rutgers New Jersey University Hospital, Newark, focused on increasing goals of care conversations in older patients with low pre-injury palliative performance scale scores.


Surgical emergencies in advanced cancer patients: How to navigate a perilous time

Seeking input from a patient’s oncologist is key when managing common clinical scenarios in advanced cancer patients.

What surgeons should know about: Reporting new office/outpatient E/M codes

This column addresses frequently asked questions about the new office/outpatient E/M reporting guidelines.


Vaccination hesitancy and a positive response to the call to action for volunteers

The Joint Commission’s response to provider concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination is summarized.

Profiles of 2020 ACS-COSECSA Woman Scholars: Part II

Profiles the 2020 ACS-COSECSA Women Scholars.

ACS releases toolkit on harassment, bullying, and discrimination in surgery

The ACS Women in Surgery Committee has developed a toolkit to facilitate ongoing learning, including sample training scenarios, on the topics of bullying, harassment, and discrimination.

In memoriam: Dr. John M. Daly: ACS Past-Second Vice-President and leader in cancer care, patient education

John M. Daly, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), a renowned breast and gastrointestinal oncologist and an ACS Past-Second Vice-President, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 73.


ACS Regent Dr. Diana Farmer elected President-Elect of American Surgical Association

Diana L. Farmer, MD, FACS, FRCS, an internationally renowned pediatric and fetal surgeon and an ACS Regent, was elected President-Elect of the American Surgical Association.

Dr. Lenworth Jacobs awarded ASA Medallion for the Advancement for Surgical Care

Lenworth M. Jacobs, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, ACS Past-Regent, was awarded the Medallion for Advancement of Surgical Care by the American Surgical Association for his dedicated efforts to the ACS STOP THE BLEED program.


Dr. Cato Laurencin elected to National Academy of Engineering

Cato T. Laurencin, MD, PhD, FACS, is the first surgeon to have been elected to membership in the three National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.


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