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Bulletin January 2017January 2017

Volume 102, Issue 1

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  • Reimbursement changes in 2017
    • The 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule: An overview of provisions that will affect surgical practice
    • 2017 CPT coding changes
  • The 2016 RAS-ACS annual Communications Committee essay contest: An introduction
  • First-place essay: Paying it forward: When the mentee becomes the mentor
  • Highlights of Clinical Congress 2016
  • ACS Officers, Regents, and Board of Governors’ Executive Committee


Bulletin February 2017February 2017

Volume 102, Issue 2

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  • Introduction: Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture
  • The journey: Becoming a neurosurgeon and back again
  • Dream to become: Dr. Canady inspires an aspiring surgeon
  • How do we improve patient safety? A look at the issues and an interview with Dr. Britt
  • Above and beyond: A primer for young surgeons interested in global surgery
  • The art of the deposition: Teaching residents about medical liability


Bulletin March 2017March 2017

Volume 102, Issue 3

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  • Evolving insights for preventing surgeon errors: Balancing professionalism and cognition with knowledge and skillIntroduction: Olga M. Jonasson, MD, Lecture
  • Patient-reported outcomes in surgery: Listening to patients improves quality of careThe journey: Becoming a neurosurgeon and back again
  • Value-based health care: How to succeed in a bundled care APM


Bulletin April 2017April 2017

Volume 102, Issue 4

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  • Using global surgical indicators to improve trauma care in Latin America
  • UM Ryder Trauma Center/ Israel fellowship program provides a model for global trauma training
  • QPP in 2017: Navigating the transition year
  • The future of trauma care on Capitol Hill: Implementing military-civilian trauma care and establishing a national trauma system
  • 2016 ACS International Governors Survey: Membership benefits and challenges for International Fellows are revealed in first-time study


Bulletin May 2017May 2017

Volume 102, Issue 5

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  • Italian training program in Cameroon: A model for developing cultural competence
  • Trauma care funding, scope of practice, and cancer prevention lead state legislative agendas
  • Health care leaders develop strategies for improving access to surgical care in Latin America
  • 2016 ACS Governors Survey: Will acute care surgery change the surgical landscape?


Bulletin June 2017June 2017

Volume 102, Issue 6

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  • An update on the College’s bleeding control initiative is provided
  • Young surgeon brings Stop the Bleed program to Rochester, NY
  • New adult trauma center in violence-besieged Chicago area will enhance patient experience
  • San Diego surgeon leads effort to provide access to care for uninsured patients
  • Board of Governors Survey reveals surgeons’ views on MACRA
  • Global surgery leaders develop plan to improve surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care in Zambia


Bulletin July 2017July 2017

Volume 102, Issue 7

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  • The surgeon’s role in combating the opioid epidemic is summarized
  • Describes how Global Surgery Indicator 1 addresses trauma care in Latin America
  • Freischlag describes challenges faced by surgeon-scientists
  • Shulman, new CoC Chair, is profiled
  • Board of Governors Survey reveals issues of concern by practice type
  • Preliminary Program highlights sessions at Clinical Congress 2017


Bulletin August 2017August 2017

Volume 102, Issue 8

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  • ACS Resident and Associate Society: Surgeon stewardship of the opioid epidemic
    • The general surgeon’s role in enhancing patient education about prescription opioids
    • Postoperative opioid prescriptions: How surgeons can alleviate the opioid crisis
    • Surgeons and the opioid epidemic: Treatment and education strategies for the practicing surgeon
    • Surgical leadership is required to reverse the opioid crisis
    • Preoperative communication promotes opioid stewardship
  • Reframing surgical leadership in 2017: Surgeon-scientist or surgeon-advocate?


Bulletin September 2017September 2017

Volume 102, Issue 9

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  • Federal legislative priorities ACS pushes forward on federal legislative priorities
  • Using advocacy to advance ACS policy priorities for surgeons and their patients
  • ACS Chapter Lobby Days Program: Surgeons work the halls of state capitols to advocate for the profession
  • Acute care surgery’s role in expanding the surgical workforce in Latin America
  • International volunteerism: Dr. Zalamea leads collaborative mission in the Philippines
  • The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative: Multidisciplinary quality improvement in tracheostomy care


Bulletin October 2017October 2017

Volume 102, Issue 10

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  • A primer for developing violence intervention programs is described
  • ACS B/G survey reveals consensus for firearm prevention strategies
  • The ethical dilemma for allowing police access to trauma patients is explored
  • Organ Fellowship recipient reports on HVIP best practices
  • ACS COT uses a consensus-based approach to firearm injury


Bulletin November 2017November 2017

Volume 102, Issue 11

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  • The advantages and disadvantages of investing in an ASC
  • A profile of Dr. Lewis describes his enduring impact on the ABS
  • Improving nursing workforce can improve trauma care in Latin America
  • RAS-ACS Symposium essays debate the future of surgical leadership
  • The evolving role of health information technology is explored


Bulletin December 2017December 2017

Volume 102, Issue 12

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  • Dr. Bass’ Presidential Address describes the rewards and challenges of a surgical career
  • Insights from the ACS delegation to Cuba last spring outline the country’s health care challenges
  • Blockchain technology’s potential role in enhancing EHR interoperability is explored
  • State legislative priorities for 2016 are identified as are key issues for 2017
  • 2017 Executive Director’s Annual Report highlights ACS achievements over the last year


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