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


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.

PQRS Updates

ACS SSR Webinars for PQRS 2015 Participation
The ACS will conduct webinars for PQRS 2015 participation in the Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR). Attendees will learn measures options in the SSR and view a tutorial on participation in the SSR.

CMS Releases Final Rule on Joint Replacement Bundles
The CMS released regulations November 16 finalizing its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model, which will test bundled payment and quality measurement for hip and knee replacements and/or major leg procedures.

Surgeon Advocates: A Unified Voice

Dr. Brian Gavitt encourages surgeons to become be involved in advocacy to ensure our health care system provides high-quality care for our patients.

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.

  Read the December issue

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.


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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