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Advisory Council for General Surgery News: Summer 2017

Greetings from the ACS General Surgery Advisory Council

The Advisory Council for General Surgery met at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2017 in Washington, DC, to discuss topics and activities relevant to the practice of general surgery. For additional information on the following updates, please reach out to the Advisory Council’s Communication Subcommittee:

Updates from the Council

Episode-Based Care

The ACS is developing “episode-based care” as a framework for quality measurement. Episode-based care is built around the patient and includes the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative work that is involved in surgical care. In addition to developing a framework for quality measurement, the College is also defining the total cost of an episode of care and determining who is responsible for what costs in the care of the patient. This framework for quality measurement will have an important influence on reducing waste, and represents a collaborative effort between the ACS, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

ACS Data Registry

The ACS has engaged with QuintilesIMS to create a single platform for all of its registries. The ACS is also working to optimize the digital flow of data and enhance its interoperability. The College is leading an effort to develop a method by which data can be moved from the electronic health record to its registries, and allow for real-time patient tracking and patient-specific workflows.

ACS Quality and Safety Conference

As a result of significant growth in all the ACS Quality Programs, such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) and the Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP®) and others, the ACS Quality and Safety Conference (formerly the ACS NSQIP Annual Conference) will debut in July in New York City with the goal of providing attendees with a comprehensive look at the College’s quality improvement efforts.

ACS 2017 Statement on Health Care Reform

The ACS is concerned by certain aspects of the American Health Care Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives in May. Expectations are that the U.S. Senate will dramatically alter this legislation. The College is continuing to work to ensure that our health care reform principles—patient safety and quality, access to surgical care, reduction of health care costs, and medical liability reform—are included in a revised Senate bill. The full ACS 2017 Statement on Health Care Reform is available online.

Access New Surgeon and Resident Well-Being Resources

The ACS recognizes that physician burnout is a major area of concern. In an effort to provide relief to interested surgeons, the ACS has compiled several resources to support surgeons and residents as they confront the challenges associated with surgical care. Information about the ACS Surgeon Well-Being program is available online.

Resident Associate Society (RAS-ACS)

he Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) is creating a website to help medical students with application to surgery residency and is addressing the opioid epidemic, in the August Bulletin of the ACS. They estimate that the opioid epidemic affects 6 % of surgery patients. A survey is developed and underway to all surgery residents to obtain an understanding of opioid prescribing practices in the training setting.

Young Fellows Association (YFA)

The YFA of the ACS has developed a one-to-one program to guide eligible Associate members in applying to become ACS Fellows. In addition, the ongoing mentoring program continues to be successful and a helpful experience for both mentees and mentors.

Clinical Congress 2017: Register Today

This year’s Clinical Congress is scheduled for October 22–26 in San Diego, at the San Diego Convention Center. Registration is now open. Register today!