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Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery News: Winter 2016-2017

Greetings from the ACS Pediatric Surgery Advisory Council

In an effort to make the activities of the ACS increasingly relevant and accessible to its pediatric surgical membership, we are pleased to release our second, bi-annual e-newsletter on general activities of the ACS and those of the Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery. Our goal is to bring high value to you, the practicing pediatric surgeon!

Dr. Azarow

Recent Activities

Leadership Transition

The Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery would like to acknowledge Mary Fallat, MD, FACS, who completed nine years on the advisory council, with four years as Chair, for her excellent leadership. The council elected Kenneth Azarow, MD, FACS, to an initial two-year term as its Chair.

Watch Dr. Azarow’s video on the value of ACS Fellowship for Pediatric Surgeons on the Pediatric Surgeon benefits page.

Pediatric Surgeons among “Icons in Surgery” Honored at Clinical Congress 2016

Kathryn D. Anderson, MD, FACS, and W. Hardy Hendren III, MD, FACs, were recognized for their remarkable contributions to the field of pediatric surgery at the Icons in Surgery sessions sponsored by the ACS Committee on Video-Based Education.

Pictured: Philip C. Guzzetta, MD, FACS – discussant for Dr. Anderson; Kathryn D. Anderson, MD, FACS; W. Hardy Hendren III, MD, FACS; Don K. Nakayama, MD, FACS – discussant for Dr. Hendren

Children’s Surgery Verification Program

The ACS and the Task Force for Children’s Surgical Care have worked together to established standards optimizing surgical care for neonatal, pediatric, and adolescent surgical patients. Since the program was launched in 2015, five hospitals have received site verification during the pilot project phase. The application process will open in 2017 with many more site visits and designations anticipated in the near future. Learn more abut the Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care 2015.

Pediatric Surgery Integrated Strategic Plan Survey

In a joint effort by the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Surgery, the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery, and the American Pediatric Surgical Association, pediatric surgeons in North America were recently surveyed on the strategic organizational value each society provides in meeting the professional needs of practicing pediatric surgeons. The survey reveals that the societies complement one another as enablers in the following areas: interspecialty collaboration, child health advocacy, education and Maintenance of Certification support, and the promotion of pediatric surgery as a specialty.

Hot Topics for Members

Quality Payment Program

Payment policies outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act (MACRA) using the newly developed Quality Payment Program (QPP) are in the early stages of implementation. Read more about what the ACS is doing to prepare surgeons and support patients in the adoption of these new reimbursement mechanisms.

Overlapping and Concurrent Operations

Overlapping and concurrent operations have received considerable attention in the lay and professional media, leading the College to clarify its position in the ACS Statements on Principles.

Operating Room Attire

OR attire recommendations by the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and their adoption as required standards by regulatory agencies such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services led the ACS to develop its own guidelines for appropriate OR attire. In response to the original AORN recommendations, the College’s Young Fellows Association surveyed its constituents and published a thoughtful article in the ACS Bulletin examining the issue of policy implementation without strong evidence and its effect on morale and maintaining an optimal and ethical practice environment.