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.

Advocacy Spotlight

CPT Coding Workshops

“Can I bill for this?” “How do I bill for it?” “What do I need to document to show what I did?” 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. Whether you are in private practice, an employment model, or an academic institution, you and your team will find value in these learning experiences.

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SGR Repealed

The College gratefully acknowledges the U.S. Senate’s landslide 92-8 vote Tuesday to stabilize the Medicare program. By following the U.S. House’s lead and passing H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, the Senate action ushers in much-needed Medicare reforms. Especially noteworthy is the repeal of the fundamentally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula.

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2015 Leadership & Advocacy Summit 

Register for the 2015 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit, April 18–21, in Washington, DC. This dual meeting offers volunteer leaders and advocates educational sessions focused on the tools needed to be an effective leader and an interactive advocacy training and coordinated visits to DC congressional offices.

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Important Dates

Save the date and register for these upcoming events, and keep an eye on important advocacy and health policy deadlines.