Tag Archive for ‘ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’

Federal surprise billing legislation becomes law

HIGHLIGHTS Describes congressional committees’ perspectives on surprise medical billing Summarizes the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the No Surprises Act Outlines patient protections under the No Surprises Act Provides an overview of payment dispute resolution processes For two years, from the end of 2018 through the end of 2020, congressional leaders explored different policy solutions to […]

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – March 2021

Describes the role of the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and outlines the benefits of putting aside personal politics when approaching elected officials and policymakers with, as well as colleagues.

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS

Looking forward – April 2020

Dr. Hoyt summarizes the findings of a recent Ballast Research report that identifies the ACS as one of the most effective advocacy organizations in Washington, DC.

Committee on Trauma advocates for improved care of severely injured patients

Committee on Trauma advocates for improved care of severely injured patients

Summarizes ACS COT advocacy priorities at the local and federal levels and provides updates on firearm injury prevention, Stop the Bleed, and trauma funding.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC: 2019 Advocate at Home Program demonstrates the importance of advocating for surgery outside of Washington, DC

The aim and development of the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy’s Advocate at Home Program, which provides resources to support in-district meetings, are described.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Stop the Bleed demonstrates how advocacy has the power to effect change

The effectiveness of collaborative advocacy-related efforts to develop, launch, and expand the Stop the Bleed® program are summarized.

Dateline DC

Dateline DC—Democrat leaders shift focus to preserving Affordable Care Act protections

Provisions in the Affordable Care Act that safeguard access to surgical care—currently under review by key congressional committees—are described.

ACS News

What to expect as the 116th Congress starts its work: The ACS’ role

Provides an overview of the role of congressional committees in the legislative process and describes ACS legislative priorities in 2019.

Federal Legislative Priorities

ACS manages 2017 legislative gains despite Hill focus on ACA repeal, tax reform

A summary of the College’s key legislative activities in 2017 is provided, including efforts centered on workforce shortages, the opioid epidemic, and implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act.

Federal Legislative Priorities

ACS pushes forward on federal legislative priorities

ACS advocacy-related activities for the first half of 2017 are described, and updates on the CoC and Stop the Bleed initiatives are provided.

Federal Legislative Priorities

Using advocacy to advance ACS policy priorities for surgeons and their patients

Describes how a bill becomes a law, the four congressional committees that have jurisdiction over most health care legislation, and how ACS DAHP tracks relevant legislation.

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ACS achieves notable legislative victories in 2016

The ACS federal lobbying team successfully accomplished multiple legislative wins in 2016  covering a range of topics including the Cancer Moonshot initiative, opioid research and treatment funding, and issues related to health information technology interoperability.

Legislative activities and informed consent

ACS advocacy efforts and an automated informed consent tool are the two ACS benefits summarized in this month’s column.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – October 2015

The College works with trusted collaborators and provides members with the “intellectual property” needed to meet the challenges of modern-day practice.

General McChrystal

Registration now open for 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration is now open for the ACS 2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, at the JW Marriott in Washington, DC.

Dr. Hoyt

Looking forward – December 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt provides a summary of ACS achievements from his 2014 annual report.

2014 Executive Director’s annual report

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2014.

Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2014

This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the ACS as of June 2014.

Looking forward – July 2014

In this month’s column, Dr. Hoyt highlights the background and accomplishments of two newly recruited Medical Directors who will help lead the College’s Division of Advocacy and Health Policy—Frank G. Opelka, MD, FACS, and Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS.

SurgeonsVoice: Your patients, your profession, your voice

An overview of SurgeonsVoice—the College’s nationwide, grassroots advocacy program—is featured in this article, including updates on how to use this tool to educate and influence members of Congress on issues of importance to surgery.


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