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Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery News: Summer 2017

In an effort to make the activities of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) increasingly relevant and accessible to its pediatric surgical membership, we issue twice yearly newsletters on general activities of the College and those of the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery. Our goal is to bring high value to you, the practicing pediatric surgeon.

Advisory Council Updates

ACS Statement on General Anesthetics

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery developed a statement on the use of general anesthetics and sedation drugs in children and pregnant women, which was approved by the ACS Board of Regents at its February 2017 meeting in Chicago, IL.

ACS/APSA Health Policy Scholarship

Congratulations to Shawn St. Peter, MD, FACS, of Kansas City, MO, the recipient of the 2017 ACS/American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA) Health Policy Scholarship.

In June, Dr. St. Peter attended the Leadership Program for Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. The intensive one-week program equips health care leaders with the skills necessary to improve the quality, cost effectiveness, and efficiency of health care service delivery, and prepares them for participating in health care policy and reform.

Shawn St. Peter, MD, FACS

George W. Holcomb III, MD, FACS, 2008
Dennis P. Lund, MD, FACS, 2009
Aviva L. Katz, MD, FACS, 2010
Patrick V. Bailey, MD, FACS, 2011
Peter W. Dillon, MD, FACS, 2012
Steven Teich, MD, FACS, 2013
Max R. Langham, Jr., MD, FACS, 2014
Mike K. Chen, MD, FACS, 2015
David P. Bliss, Jr., MD, FACS, 2016

Pediatric Program at Clinical Congress 2017

The Clinical Congress 2017 meeting in San Diego, October 22-26, includes program content developed with pediatric surgeons in mind. In addition to the Pediatric Surgery Scientific Forum, the Ultrasound for Pediatric Surgeons Skills Course will be offered this year. Other pediatric content courses include Pelvic Masses in the Pediatric Population, and Management of Pediatric Neck Masses and Children with Carcinoma: Striving for Collaborative Care. For more program information, visit the Clinical Congress 2017 website.

Children's Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program

A joint project between the ACS and the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care, the Children’s Surgery Verification Quality Improvement Program has established standards to optimize surgical care for pediatric and children surgical patients. A six center pilot verification program was completed in 2016, which allowed refinement of the Optimal Resources for Children’s Surgical Care manual. Already, more than 120 sites have expressed interest in pursuing verification through this program. Requirements for verification as a Level I, II, or III children’s surgical center form the basis of the pre-review questionnaire, which also provides the data collection platform and application for the ACS Children’s Surgery Verification Program.

Resident and Associate Society (RAS-ACS)

The Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons (RAS-ACS) has asked advisory council members to encourage residents in their home programs to join the RAS-ACS, and has created a “Top 10” list describing why residents, Fellows and surgeons new to practice should join the ACS as a resident/associate fellow member. Recently, the RAS-ACS sponsored a webinar on the Principles of Leadership for the Young Surgeon, the highlights of which are summarized in this article from the ACS Bulletin.

Hot Topics for Members

Physician Well-Being Index

This validated screening tool provides an opportunity for you to better understand your overall well-being and identify areas of risk compared to physicians and residents across the nation. Access to local and national resources will also be targeted to you based on your results. The Physician Well-Being Index is tool is 100% anonymous—your information and score is private and your individual score will not be shared with anyone, including the ACS. Access for International members is not available at this time.

Surgeon Well-being

Stop the Bleed is an initiative of the ACS and the Hartford Consensus and features news, illustrations, videos, and other resources developed by a variety of private and not-for-profit partners to assist first responders in a bleeding control emergency. Read more about this important program which informs, educates, and empowers first responders, including the general public, to provide hemorrhage control.


Efforts to implement the payment policies outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) are in full swing. Under the umbrella of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) MACRA creates new payment mechanisms referred to as the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that advance a policy goal of basing payment on value rather than on volume.

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) continues to work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that the QPP is implemented in a way that is fair and equitable to all physicians and that keeps the patient at the center of reimbursement decisions. For more information on this topic, read a Bulletin article on the QPP.

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons