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.

SurgeonsVoice Monthly

I'm a Surgeon Advocate

Leonard WeireterThis is the first of what will be a regular SurgeonsVoice Monthly feature written by members who explain why they chose to become an ACS surgeon advocate. This month we hear from Leonard J. Weireter, MD, FACS, an acute care surgeon in Norfolk, VA. 

Who better than surgeons to tell the story of how the legislation and policies decision makers consider will impact the surgical profession and patients? We live daily with the results of their actions. It’s not that legislative representatives are ill-intentioned; they just don’t know.

Read Dr. Weireter's story

Sharing the Surgeon’s Voice

ACS is the voice of all surgeons across all specialties. If we aren’t advocating to inform policies that affect our practice and patient care, someone else will. Hear why it’s imperative for surgeons to get involved and influence the future of surgery.

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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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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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