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Medicare physician payment and effective grassroots advocacy: A case study

Outlines how grassroots activity can motivate decision-makers to act on surgery’s behalf and underscores the importance of maintaining momentum in the 117th Congress.

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.

Maryland delegation outside the U.S. Capitol

Grassroots advocacy demonstrated at Advocacy Summit

The efforts of surgeon-advocates in educating policymakers on key issues at the annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, are outlined.

You are your own best advocate: A how-to guide

Strategies for enhancing the role of surgeons in health policy advocacy are highlighted.

ACS Chapter Grant Program supports opportunities to lobby state lawmakers

The events and accomplishments of ACS Chapters this year—supported by the College’s Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program—are summarized.

The ACS and advocacy: A tradition of protecting our patients and advancing our profession

Successful regulatory and legislative efforts led by surgeon advocates, such as the repeal of the sustainable growth rate, are summarized in this article, as are ongoing initiatives to reform graduate medical education to sustain the health care workforce.

Applying advocacy skills: Gaining influence from the statehouse to Capitol Hill

Grassroots advocacy—with a focus on relationship building over the course of an elected official’s political career—is the focus of this article.

Surgeons as Advocates

Advocacy and grassroots: Leveraging local issues at the national level

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy has developed several platforms, including SurgeonsVoice, to empower members to advocate for health care policies that are in the best interest of surgeons and their patients.

Georgia coalition develops bariatric surgery pilot project

A bariatric surgery pilot program developed by a Georgia coalition is highlighted as an example of a successful grassroots advocacy initiative at the regional level.

Massachusetts Chapter develops new grassroots advocacy program

This article discusses the rationale behind the District Office Contact by Surgeons program and summarizes the benefits of this grassroots advocacy initiative.

Surgeons as state advocates

The surgeon’s voice is critical in health care policy debate. This article outlines how surgeons can be effective advocates and highlights efforts by the College to support these initiatives at the regional level.

Dr. Walker

Surgeons as state advocates: Success stories

The surgeon’s voice is critical in health care policy debate. This article outlines how surgeons can be effective advocates and highlights efforts by the College to support these initiatives at the regional level.

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.

Liability reforms needed to provide timely care to disaster victims

This article describes the need for uniform license recognition and liability protection laws for volunteer health professionals, provides an update on Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act, and discusses the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act.

Campaign to end the SGR gains ground

This Web exclusive summarizes the College’s efforts to promote the enactment of the SGR Repeal Act, what the repeal would mean to surgeons, and provides steps for contacting legislators to voice support for the repeal.

Repealing the SGR

An update on the permanent repeal of the Medicare sustainable growth rate is the focus of this month’s column, including ACS efforts in developing a single bipartisan bill.

2013 Summit allows surgeons to put advocacy into action

Presented in conjunction with the ACS Leadership Conference, the Advocacy Summit is an opportunity to rally surgery’s collective grassroots advocacy voice. More than 200 surgeons spent one day learning about key issues at this year’s meeting before heading Capitol Hill to meet with their legislators and congressional staff.

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.


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