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Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery News: Summer 2019

Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, FACS

Message from the Chair

As Chair of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, I would like to take this opportunity to update our ACS members who are plastic surgeons on the activities of your council and the projects we are working on with our colleagues at the College.

Gregory R.D. Evans, MD, FACS
Advisory Council Chair


ACS Board of Regents Report

An outside consulting group, Weber Shandwick, has been engaged to help develop a global integrated communication strategy to improve communication with ACS Fellows. A new, more personalized version of NewsScopeMy ACS NewsScope—is now available. My ACS NewsScope provides users with individually tailored health-related, economic, and global health care content via an artificial intelligence algorithm based on user preferences.

Collaboration among ACS Divisions, Advisory Councils, and the Board of Governors are an ongoing priority, and to this end, joint meetings of the Advisory Council Pillars with the Board of Governor Pillars were held during the 2019 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, in Washington, DC. (The 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit will be held March 28-31.)

The Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons was developed by the ACS Committee on Ethics and was approved by the Board of Regents at its February 2019 meeting in Chicago, IL. The guidelines, published in the May issue of the Bulletin, are intended to provide guidance for how surgeons can maintain an online presence while adhering to the ACS standards of professionalism.

The ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) is hard at work on the issue of unanticipated/surprise billing. Surgeons, patients, and policymakers are concerned about the impact that unanticipated medical bills have on patients and the patient-physician relationship.

In order to encourage competition and value, a viable solution must strike a careful balance, allowing physicians and insurers to negotiate a final payment while completely protecting patients from unanticipated medical bills. The ACS supports a proven Independent Dispute Resolution Model (IDR) and believes arbitration is the most effective tool for addressing unanticipated bills. The ACS opposes the use of a median contracted rate as a benchmark for paying out-of-network physicians. Setting the payment benchmark at the median contracted rate will expand the disproportionate power that health plans have with physicians and impact future payment rate negotiations for both in-network and out-of-network physicians. Unfortunately, most of the legislative proposals currently under consideration in the Congress include a federally set benchmark payment of the median in-network rate and do not include an IDR process. The ACS believes solutions to this issue should bring all parties to the table fairly and in a way that will not lead to further unintended consequences. The DAHP will continue to work towards a better solution on this issue.

The Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP) 17th edition will be released at Clinical Congress 2019 (October 27–31) in San Francisco, CA. To meet the evolving educational needs of both generalists and specialists this edition has been completely redesigned and will be available in new custom package options. All of the material is new and has undergone a rigorous peer-review process to ensure the delivery of high-caliber content.

Quality

A surgical quality verification program is being developed based on the standards recommended by the Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety (the Red Book). Site visits have been conducted at various hospitals to pilot test the program.

Michele Manahan, MD, FACSPlastic Surgeons in the News

Michele Manahan, MD, FACS is the 2019 ACS/American Society of Plastic Surgeons Health Policy Scholar. Dr. Manahan participated in the Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management, in June, presented by the Heller School of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA.

Contact Us

The Advisory Council is interested in hearing your concerns and suggestions. You may forward your comments to the advisory council's staff liaison at acsadvisorycouncils@facs.org.