Tag Archive for ‘COVID-19’
Strategies for managing the COVID-19 pandemic response, such as increasing energy and resource efficiency, could inform the surgeon’s role in climate change mitigation.
Summarizes the differences between passive and active advocacy and identifies the importance of strategic planning for developing policy solutions.
The notable achievements of the recipients of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are highlighted.
Describes the resources available in the ACS Talk It Up campaign, which was developed to help surgeons address patient concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Health care professional societies collaborated on a statement endorsing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers.
Joint statement in support of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all workers in health and long-term care
More than 50 health care professional organizations called for all health care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in a joint statement.
Summarizes examples of advocacy-related successes in the areas of surprise billing and administrative burden, and describes current issues, including pandemic-related challenges, that are the focus of surgeon-advocates today.
Action on state legislative priorities in 2021, including bills addressing COVID-19, surprise billing for out-of-network services, and expanding access to care is summarized.
The benefits and challenges of virtual advocacy activities are described as are the advantages of hybrid virtual and in-person advocacy meetings.
The Joint Commission’s response to provider concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination is summarized.
Describes the social determinants of health such as economics, environment, education, and access to care and examines these factors within a surgical quality improvement framework.
Dr. Nguyen—a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon and member of an indie rock band—describes his experience performing at the 2021 virtual presidential inauguration celebration.
The challenges faced by health care professionals during the peak of COVID-19, including rapidly evolving guidelines and patient surges, are summarized.
The following comments were received regarding the business of health care and the importance of maintaining appropriate surgical training, particularly during the pandemic.
HIGHLIGHTS Discusses logistics for implementing telemedicine for pre- and postoperative patient visits Describes institutional and user-related factors that may impede telemedicine adoption Summarizes opportunities for innovation in patient care, communication, and education Outlines reimbursement and regulatory considerations for expanded use of telehealth Telemedicine is a rapidly accelerating new avenue for delivering health care services. Although […]
Describes the public health provisions outlined in the American Rescue Plan, including COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage.
Identifies the benefits of virtual patient care and outlines strategies that support digital inclusivity in telehealth.
Editor’s note: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) conducts an annual survey of its domestic and international members. The purpose of the survey is to provide a means of communicating the concerns of the Governors to the College leadership. The 2020 ACS Governors Survey, conducted in June and July 2020 by […]
HIGHLIGHTS Identifies the benefits of virtual interviews, including efficiency and reduced costs Summarizes survey findings related to trainee and medical student in-person interview experiences Provides suggestions for preparing for surgical fellowship or residency program virtual interviews The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had a profound impact on the medical field, with far-reaching and practice-altering effects on […]
Dr. Bowdish biking in the Half Ironman triathlon