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

Interviews

Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS 

The ACS engages surgeons in conversations on key topics to support financial and business decision making. In this ongoing interview series, Patrick V. Bailey, MD, MLS, FACS, ACS, Medical Director for Advocacy, talks with surgeon colleagues who outline useful information on a range of topics including financial planning and coding and reimbursement to assist surgeons in maintaining healthy practices.


Coding and Reimbursement

Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS

Improving your reimbursement: Beyond coding, Part I
Posted January 19, 2021
Improving your reimbursement: Beyond coding, Part II
Posted February 2, 2021
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Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS, and Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS, present the first of two presentations that outline ways to improve your reimbursement that go beyond basic coding.


Improving Your Reimbursement: Coding Tips and Tricks
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Posted December 16, 2020

Charles D. Mabry, MD, FACS, Past ACS First-Vice-President, discusses some reimbursement coding tips and tricks in a continuing series on maximizing reimbursement in the current financial environment.


Coding and Reimbursement: The Basics
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Posted November 13, 2020

Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS, Associate professor, department of surgery, University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, reviews the basics of coding and reimbursement.


Financial and Retirement Planning

Mark Aeder, MD, FACS

Lessons Learned: Insurance
Posted February 24, 2021

Preparing for Retirement: Reaching Your Financial Goal
Posted December 16, 2020

In this conversation in a continuing series, Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, discusses how to make positive financial changes going forward to be in a comfortable position in retirement in a continuing series on financial and retirement planning.

Planning for Retirement
Posted November 10, 2020

In this ACS Bulletin Brief conversation, Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, reviews the important topic of planning for retirement. Dr. Aeder speaks on the process of stepping out of the operating room, including talking with colleagues and family, setting yourself up to have adequate funds to support your lifestyle without a paycheck, and properly accounting for your static and liquid assets.

The Biggest Financial Mistakes Surgeons Can Make and How to Correct Them
Posted July 29, 2020

Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, outlines the importance of dedicated savings; managing debt, both “good” and “bad”; setting a financial plan; and having appropriate insurance to cover various stages of life.

Financial Planning for Surgeons Part 2
Posted July 15, 2020

In a follow-up to his previous conversation with the ACS Bulletin Brief, Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, delves into choosing a financial advisor who is right for you.

Financial Planning for Surgeons Part 1
Posted July 7, 2020

Mark Aeder, MD, FACS, associate professor of transplant and hepatobiliary surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, gives a brief introduction to financial planning for surgeons.


 

Michael Sarap, MD, FACS

Private Practice for the Rural Surgeon

Posted August 25, 2020

Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, Chair, ACS Advisory Council for Rural Surgery, discusses some of the specifics of his more than 30 years of experience as a private practice surgeon in Cambridge, OH, a small rural community in the southeastern part of the state. Topics include management models, recruitment, building relationships within the community, and more.


 

Julie Conyers, MD, MBA, FACS

How to Assess Your Hospital's Financial Health

Posted August 11, 2020

Julie Conyers, MD, MBA, FACS, a rural general surgeon in Ketchikan, AK, talks about assessing your hospital’s financial health. Dr. Conyers explains how the Affordable Care Act has affected whether health care is recession-proof; identifies indicators that your hospital might be struggling financially, especially in the difficult COVID-19 era; and speaks on related topics in this informative discussion.


 

Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS

Private Practitioner to Employed Surgeon

Posted July 21, 2020

Mark Savarise, MD, MBA, FACS, associate professor, department of surgery, University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, discusses his decision to go into private surgery practice, and then the converse decision of when he thought it best to leave private practice and work as an employed surgeon.