Tag Archive for ‘COVID-19’

Lessons from COVID-19: Why adaptation is needed for surgical climate readiness

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.

Tips for turning a strategic plan into active advocacy

Summarizes the differences between passive and active advocacy and identifies the importance of strategic planning for developing policy solutions.

2020 Eisenberg Award winners show dedication to QI despite challenges of pandemic

The notable achievements of the recipients of the 2020 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are highlighted.

ACS “Talk It Up” campaign helps surgeons speak with patients about COVID-19 vaccination

Describes the resources available in the ACS Talk It Up campaign, which was developed to help surgeons address patient concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

ACS joins call for COVID-19 vaccine mandates for all health care workers

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.

Surgeon advocacy in action: Challenges, accomplishments, and future direction

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.

 

2019 state legislative review: State legislatures tackle a range of patient safety, access, and quality of care issues

2021 state legislative session wrap-up: Advancing surgical priorities in a time of uncertainty

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.

COVID-19’s impact on advocacy: Virtual versus in-person meetings

The benefits and challenges of virtual advocacy activities are described as are the advantages of hybrid virtual and in-person advocacy meetings.

Vaccination hesitancy and a positive response to the call to action for volunteers

The Joint Commission’s response to provider concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccination is summarized.

Social determinants of health and surgery: An overview

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.

Well-played: An interview with Dr. Phuong D. Nguyen

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.

COVID 19: Looking back on the past year’s challenges

The challenges faced by health care professionals during the peak of COVID-19, including rapidly evolving guidelines and patient surges, are summarized.

Letters to the Editor

The following comments were received regarding the business of health care and the importance of maintaining appropriate surgical training, particularly during the pandemic.

Adopting telemedicine in surgical care: What you need to know

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 […]

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Dateline DC: The American Rescue Plan signed into law

Describes the public health provisions outlined in the American Rescue Plan, including COVID-19 vaccine distribution and expanded Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Enhanced web-side manner and digital inclusivity are key to maintaining telehealth momentum

Identifies the benefits of virtual patient care and outlines strategies that support digital inclusivity in telehealth.

2020 ACS Governors Survey: SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the use of telemedicine

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 […]

Making the most of virtual interviews with surgical training programs

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 […]

Profiles in surgical research: Dr. Michael Bowdish leads effort to combat COVID-19

Dr. Bowdish biking in the Half Ironman triathlon

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