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

What Surgeons Should Know About

The following publications are available online or as reprints from the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

2014

Billing for services performed by nonphysician practitioners
by Linda Barney, MD, FACS; Betsy Nicoletti, CPC; and Mark T. Savarise, MD, FACS (May '14)

The Measure Applications Partnership
by Jill Sage, MPH (April '14)

PQRS reporting in 2014
by Sana Gokak, MPH (March '14)

Repealing the SGR
by John E. Hedstrom, JD (February '14)

The benefits of attending a 2014 ACS Surgical Coding Workshop
by ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (January '14)

2013

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program in 2014
by Sana Gokak, MPH (December '13)

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program deadlines
by Sana Gokak, MPH (September '13)

Using S-CAHPS
by Jill Sage, MPH (August '13)

Bundled payment
by Vinita M. Ollapally, JD (July '13)

The inpatient list
by Vinita M. Ollapally, JD (June '13)

Transitioning to ICD-10
by Jenny Jackson, MPH, and Lee R. Morisy, MD, FACS (May '13)

The benefits of attending an ACS Coding Workshop
by Jenny Jackson, MPH (March '13)

The Physician Compare website
by Sana Gokak, MPH (February '13)

The importance of surgical workforce maps
by Thomas Ricketts III, PhD, MPH; Chantay P. Moye; and Dana Halvorson (January '13)

2012

Choosing not to participate in the CMS incentive programs
by Sana Gokak, MPH (December '12)

Medicare and Medicaid audits
by Vinita M. Ollapally, JD (November '12)

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program
by Sana Gokak, MPH (October '12)

Modifications to ordering and certifying rules for physicians
by Vinita M. Ollapally, JD (September '12)

Participating in the Medicare eRx Incentive Program
by Sana Gokak, MPH (August '12)

Participating in the Medicare eRx Incentive Program
by Sana Gokak, MPH (May '12)

The Medicare Shared Savings Programs
by Henry R. Desmarais, MD, MPA (March '12)

PQRS reporting in 2012
by Sana Gokak (February '12)

2011

The CY 2012 Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (December '11)

Billing Medicare for orders and referrals
by Jenny Jackson, MPH (October '11)

Electronic prescribing in 2011
by Caitlin Burley (June '11)

PQRS reporting of the perioperative care measures group
by Caitlin Burley (May '11)

PQRS reporting of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
by Caitlin Burley (April '11)

Incentive payments for operations furnished in HPSAs
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (April '11)

PQRS reporting of measure #22
by Caitlin Burley (March '11)

PQRS reporting in 2011
by Caitlin Burley (February '11)

The 2011 Medicare physician fee schedule
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (January '11)

2010

The meaningful use final rule
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (October '10)

Recovery audit contractors: An update
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (August '10)

Meaningful use of electronic health records
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (May '10)

PQRI reporting in 2010
by Caitlin Burley (April '10)

Current Procedural Terminology changes for 2010
by Albert Bothe, Jr., MD, FACS; Linda M. Barney, MD, FACS; and Debra Mariani, CPC (January '10)

2010 changes to Medicare payment for consultation services
by Elizabeth Hoy, MHA (January '10)

2009

The FY 2010 Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (December '09)

The Socio-Economic Fact Center for Surgery Web site
by Caitlin Burley (November '09)

Selling a medical practice 101
by Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS; and Vinita M. Ollapally, JD (September '09)

The surgical CAHPS survey
by Elizabeth W. Hoy, MHA (July '09)

The HIT incentives in the ARRA
by Cate McCanless Blankenburg (June '09)

The CMS Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program
by Caitlin Burley (May '09)

The NCDs for "never events"
by Vinita Ollapally, JD (April '09)

Successful participation in the PQRI
by Caitlin Burley (March '09) 

2008

Fairness and transparency in contracts
by Jon Sutton (August '08)

2008 PQRI alternative reporting options
by Caitlin Burley (July '08)

A surgeon's role in state advocacy: Interview with Hugh A. Gamble II, MD, FACS
by Melinda Baker (June '08)

Chartered value exchanges
by Caitlin Burley (March '08)

The 2008 Medicare fee schedule
by Cynthia A. Brown (Jaunary '08)

2007

The Trauma Act of 2007 and the future of surgical emergency care
by Adrienne Roberts (August '07)

Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
by Jean A. Harris (June '07)

Medical licensure and state regulation of medical practice
by Jon H. Sutton (March '07)

Responding to reductions in Medicare payment—What's legal, what's not
by Barbara Peck (Feburary '07)

The 2007 Medicare physician fee schedule
by Barbara Peck (January '07)

2006

Developments in pay for performance
by Julie Lewis (November '06)

Trends in Medicare reimbursement
by Barbara Peck (October '06)

Health plan settlements
by Carol Scheele (February '06)

The 2006 Medicare fee schedule
by Cynthia A. Brown (January '06) 

2005

The Revised Medicare List of Procedures for ASCs
by Jean A. Harris (September '05) 

2004

What's wrong with the SGR
by Cynthia A. Brown (October '04)

The next step for quality measurement: Paying for it!
by Jean A. Harris (August '04)

The new Stark Phase II rules
by Jean A. Harris (June '04)

The new Medicare drug benefit and related reforms: Part II
by Beth Fuchs, PhD, and Julie James (May '04)

The new Medicare drug benefit and related reforms: Part I
by Beth Fuchs, PhD, and Julie James (April '04) 

2003

Medical liability reform deep in the heart of Texas
by Jon H. Sutton (October '03)

The Medicare prescription drug deliberations
by Jennifer Razor (September '03)

Coding breast procedures and other cancer operations
by John Preskitt, Albert Bothe, Jr., and Jean A. Harris (May '03)

Antitrust laws
by Jennifer Razor (April '03) 

2002

Health data resources
by Cynthia Kay Sykes (September '02)

Medicare rules for hospital-based clinics
by Thomas Ault and John Ferman (April '02)

OSHA regulation of blood-borne pathogens
by Adrienne Roberts (February '02)