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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.

Featured Benefit

Webinar on Value-Based Purchasing Available

A recording of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar on value-based purchasing—held exclusively for ACS Fellows on April 9—is now available. Overview of the 2013 Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) covers the effects of federal value-based purchasing programs on surgeons’ Medicare fee-for-service payments. It highlights how CMS uses quality and cost metrics included in its 2013 QRURs for individual providers and group practices.

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New Statement

Statement on Physician Tiering and Narrow Network Programs

This new statement, developed by the ACS Health Policy and Advocacy Group, addresses physician tiering and narrow network programs and how the College strongly urges that policies be developed to ensure that patients receive the highest quality surgical care.

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. 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

H.R. 2 Signed Into Law

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. On April 16, President Obama signed H.R. 2 into law.

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The ACS Advocate

The ACS Advocate

The ACS played a key role in Congress permanently repealing the broken formula used to calculate Medicare physician payment. The Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment System.

  Read the May Issue