Archive for January, 2022

Executive Director’s update: Building together for a stronger future

In her first Bulletin column as ACS Executive Director, Dr. Patricia L. Turner outlines her strategic priorities for the organization, including expanding the College’s influence as the leading advocate for surgeons and patients.

Commission on Cancer: One hundred years, past and future

Describes the origin of cancer care coordination beginning with the Committee on the Treatment of Malignant Diseases and identifies new opportunities and challenges for the next 100 years.

The Commission on Cancer: A 10-decade perspective

HIGHLIGHTS Identifies significant accomplishments of the CoC, including the evolution of cancer clinics and the development of patient data registries Describes key collaborative efforts between the CoC and the College of American Pathologists, American College of Radiology, American Cancer Society, and other partner organizations Summarizes the growth of CoC programs, including the launch of the […]

The value of the Commission on Cancer

Outlines the mission of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the benefits of CoC-accreditation, including cancer program structure and external assessment and describes the evolution of patient services within the accreditation standards, specifically cancer survivorship programs.

Cancer: The silent pandemic

Source: Roser M, Ortiz-Ospina E, Ritchie H (2013). Life expectancy. Available online at

CoC accreditation adds value to cancer programs

Summarizes the results of a survey of Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer centers and describes how the accreditation process can facilitate resource allocation.

The transition from the Committee on Cancer to the Commission on Cancer (1960–1965)

HIGHLIGHTS Describes the primary functions of the Committee on Cancer in the 1960s Highlights the Committee on Cancer’s efforts to develop a multidisciplinary approach to membership, especially regarding the accreditation process Summarizes the Committee on Cancer’s role in developing educational programming for the ACS Clinical Congress and state chapter meetings Describes the evolution of the […]

The journey from end results to the National Cancer Database

Chronicles the evolution of cancer records and registries and summarizes the milestones leading from local cancer reporting to the formation of the National Cancer Database.

Cancer registrars: Essential contributors to the cancer care team

Explains how computerization and coding standards led to a transformation of the registrar’s role.

2022 Medicare physician fee schedule: How will it affect your practice?

This article reviews provisions in the 2022 Medicare physician fee schedule final rule that are relevant to general surgery and its related specialties.

2022 CPT coding changes

Changes to Current Procedural Terminology codes and an overview of related reporting information are summarized.

Clinical Congress 2021 highlights

This Clinical Congress 2021 wrap-up summarizes key events and programs at the virtual annual meeting, including Convocation, Named Lectures, and award winners and honorees.

ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors Executive Committee

The ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee were elected at the Annual Business Meeting at Clinical Congress 2021.

Optimizing treatment of colorectal liver metastases through the use of clinical trial data

Describes the results of clinical trials using ctDNA to improve survival for patients at high risk of cancer recurrence.


The QPP in 2022

Several finalized requirements for QPP participation in 2022 are identified, specifically the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and the Advanced Alternative Payment pathway.

Journal article focuses on sustainability strategies to reduce OR waste

Evidence-based green practices and sustainability strategies to reduce waste in the OR are summarized.

The Manitoba Chapter’s gavel and its enduring meaning

Investigating the history of the Manitoba Chapter’s gavel underscores the ACS’ commitment to improving the care of surgical patients.

Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, elected Chair, ACS Board of Regents

Anton N. Sidawy, MD, MPH, FACS, a renowned vascular surgeon, was elected the new Chair of the ACS Board of Regents in October 2021.

Journal of the American College of Surgeons is now all-digital

Starting with the January issue, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons transitions to an online-only publication.

ACS announces recipients of matching grants for innovative DEI and anti-racism initiatives

The inaugural recipients of the ACS Board of Regents DEI matching grants program are announced.


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