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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.

Global Codes

In nine selected states, CMS finalized a policy whereby certain physicians who provide 10- and 90-day global services would be required to report information on the number of postoperative visits they provide.

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Health Care Reform

A letter to Senators regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

“The ACS believes strongly that legislation should not facilitate a reduction in the number of Americans currently insured.”

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Advocacy News

ACS has expressed support for legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to address general surgery shortage areas.

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Bulletin Web Exclusive

Congress didn’t earn a reputation for productivity in 2016. Despite all of these obstacles, the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy lobbying team achieved notable victories on behalf of surgeons and their patients.

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Quality Payment Program

The ACS Quality Payment Program (QPP) Resource Center has been created to help you navigate the new Medicare physician payment system.

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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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