American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Advocacy

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) advocacy activities at the federal and state level represent the interests of you, the practicing surgeon, and your patients.

Socioeconomic, legislative, and regulatory issues affecting surgery are of paramount concern to us. We develop and advocate health care policy that is in the best interest of patients and physicians through our Division of Advocacy and Health Policy, in Washington, DC, and in state capitols.

We also maintain liaison with the Washington office of other medical and surgical societies. Primarily, we liaise with Congress and federal agencies—including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Health and Human Services—on important matters to the surgical profession.

We help you navigate through complicated changes that affect surgical practice today through our coding hotline and workshops  on practice management/coding issues.

We encourage all surgeons to get involved in advocacy matters. Take action. Protect your patients and your profession. Visit our advocacy web pages often and stay in touch with us.

Summit Resident Scholarship

The ACS is offering a limited number of scholarships to Resident Members interested in attending the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 2016. This award is intended to cover up to $500 in expenses, such as registration fees, travel, and hotel costs. Scholarship recipients must participate in one or two advocacy or ACS membership conference calls or webinars within six months after the Summit.

The deadline to apply is February 12.

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Strength in Numbers

Josh Broghammer, MD, FACS, talks about the impact of ACS advocacy efforts on SGR repeal and rural care.

The ACS Advocate

The ACS Advocate

H.R. 3940, the Meaningful Use Hardship Relief Act of 2015, would allow for a blanket hardship exception for providers who are unable to meet the 2015 Stage 2 meaningful use reporting requirements for electronic health record (EHR) systems. The ACS strongly supports H.R. 3940 and encourages Fellows to contact their members of Congress to urge them to sign on as co-sponsors of H.R. 3940.

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Coding Workshops

"How Do I Bill for That?"

Using incorrect surgical codes and modifiers results in denials, downcoding, and payment delays. Our information-packed coding workshops provide surgeons and staff with the comprehensive knowledge and 2015 coding updates needed to accurately code and document surgical cases. Take advantage of our full-day learning experiences.

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Overview of Medicare Quality Programs

Medicare Quality Programs

Visit our interactive flowchart developed to help you successfully participate in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program (Meaningful Use), and the Value-Based Modifier program.

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