Tag Archive for ‘advocacy and health policy’
State lobby days build bridges
This article summarizes the 2014 ACS chapter lobby days, provides an overview of current advocacy issues in each state, and highlights how some chapters organize their Day at the State Capitol program.
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.
Chapter lobby days forge ahead in state capitals
The goals of the ACS Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program and the advocacy activities of several chapters that received the grants are described in this article.
Progress or retrogress? Status of the 113th Congress
This overview of the first seven months of the 113th Congress provides updates on all of the College’s priority legislative issues including Medicare payment, trauma care, scope of practice, workforce issues, and medical liability.
Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2013
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 2013.
Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: October 2012
This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the American College of Surgeons as of October 2012.
2012 Executive Director’s annual report
David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of the American College of Surgeons, provides a detailed summary of the College’s activities and notable accomplishments in 2012.
Enhancing surgical advocacy at the state level: The Day at the State Capitol grant program in action
In 2012, the second year of the Day at the State Capitol grant program, the level of participation grew to include 16 states and 17 ACS chapters. The following is a summary of the state lobby day programs held in 2012, including the various approaches for hosting lobby day events, and highlights of some of the important legislation discussed with state legislators.
Progress report: Northern California Chapter’s legislative activities
The Northern California Chapter sponsored its second Day at the State Capitol on April 17, which was held in conjunction with the California Medical Association (CMA) Legislative Day. This article highlights both the successes and the lessons learned from these unified advocacy efforts and emphasizes key goals for the future.
Report on ACSPA/ACS activities: June 2012
This report details the recent activities, initiatives, and business matters of both the American College of Surgeons Professional Association and of the American College of Surgeons as of June 2012.
Surgical leadership and political advocacy
Most surgeons seek to directly assist our patients through the course of their illnesses, paying little attention to the political environment or health care policy. However, over the last decade, it has become increasingly apparent that the independent patient-surgeon relationship is slowly vanishing.
From surgeon to grassroots advocate: Chapter leaders engage in advocacy development
ACS presented the State Leadership Advocacy Conference in April at the College’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. Attendees had the opportunity to network, learn how to structure their chapter to maximize advocacy efforts, explore innovative ways to motivate chapter members, identify best practices for communicating with legislators, and consider programs on building effective legislative messages and coalitions.
2012 Health Policy Scholars announced
Sixteen surgeons received scholarships to attend the May 2012 Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management, held at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Each scholarship includes participation in the week-long intensive course, followed by a year’s service in a health policy-related capacity to the College and the surgical specialty society co-sponsoring the awardee.
ACS offers resources to help surgeons achieve meaningful use of EHR
In an ongoing effort to help the surgical community achieve meaningful use through participation in the federal Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program and to better understand program requirements, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has numerous EHR resources available on the home page of its website and is engaged in a number of other […]
Surgical and aviation experts discuss safety and quality at Seattle IQ forum
As part of its ongoing Inspiring Quality (IQ) program, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted nearly 80 health care and aviation industry leaders at its fifth Surgical Health Care Quality Forum on Wednesday, April 11, at the Rainier Club in Seattle, WA. Carlos A. Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI(Hon), Henry N. Harkins Professor and chair, […]
Expectations for state legislatures in 2012
State legislatures are geared up for 2012, with most legislative sessions convening between January and July.
ACS Health Policy Advisory Council aims to empower Fellows as advocates
The decisions our federal and state legislators make—or fail to make—have an extraordinary impact on our ability to care for our surgical patients.
2011 lobby day wrap-up: Ohio, Massachusetts, and Alabama
Last year, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) implemented a new program to encourage ACS chapters to host lobby day programs at their state capitols. Endorsed by the Board of Governors and more than 27 chapters, the Board of Regents approved the proposal, which provides $50,000 over two years in grants for state chapters to […]