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

ACS CentralConnect. Learn. Recharge.

Make the most of your Clinical Congress experience by visiting the new ACS Central. This new space is designed especially for you, our members! It is where you will want to meet ACS staff; learn about the latest ACS programs, products, and services developed for you; purchase ACS logo items, publications, and educational products; and most importantly, make ACS Central your primary gathering space during the meeting. So come by to meet with friends and colleagues, charge up your devices, hear about the programs we have to offer in the ACS Theatre, meet ACS leaders, and just RELAX! While here, you can also update your member profile and receive a flash drive with your own professional photo to keep. Please refer to the map found in the app and Clinical Congress News.

ACS Theatre

The new ACS Central will also include the ACS Theatre, which will feature the following new ACS programs and products during the lunch hour on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

Monday, October 23
1:15–2:15 pm

About the SSR Session

Developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) is an online quality improvement tool and software application database that allows surgeons to log and track their cases and outcomes in a convenient manner. The SSR builds on the ACS Case Log system, enabling surgeons not only to log and keep track of their cases, but also participate in an increasing number of regulatory programs for the individual health care professional.

In 2016, the ACS partnered with QuintilesIMS to move all ACS Quality Program databases and registries, including the SSR, together under one umbrella data platform over the next three years. In spring of 2017, the ACS launched the new SSR platform. The Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participation through registry-based reporting for the 2017 program year. For 2017, the SSR is supporting the Quality and Improvement Activities components for eligible clinicians (ECs) to participate in, and reporting these components through the SSR is considered registry-based reporting.

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Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR)

Tuesday, October 24
11:30 am–12:30 pm

About the ISCR Session

In 2016, the American College of Surgeons in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute introduced a new quality improvement initiative funded and guided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Surgical Care and Recovery (ISCR), a collaborative program to enhance the recovery of the surgical patient, is designed to support hospitals in implementing perioperative evidence-based pathways to meaningfully improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital length of stay and improve the patient experience.

This theatre session will outline ISCR program goals, provide a current status of the first cohort focused on colorectal surgery, and define next steps for the second cohort focused on orthopaedic surgery.

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Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety ("The Red Book")

Wednesday, October 25
11:30 am–12:30 pm

About the Red Book Session

The Optimal Resources for Surgical Quality and Safety was officially released in July 2017 and is intended to be a trusted resource for surgical leaders seeking to improve patient care in their institutions, departments, and practices. Attendees of this theatre session will be introduced to key concepts from the manual related to quality, safety, and reliability, as the manual explores the essential elements that all hospitals should have in place for high-quality, patient-centered care.

Specific topics from the manual include: the domains and phases of surgical care, the Surgical Quality Officer, peer and case review, committee structure; amongst many other components needed for meaningful surgical quality improvement at an institution such as data and regulatory requirements, education and training, and “soft skills” that influence our ability to provide optimal patient care. The book discusses the surgeon’s individual responsibility to the patient, colleagues, and the next generation of surgeons. The process of surgeon improvement, problems with disruptive behavior and how to address it, and the importance of mentoring and coaching are also addressed.

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ACS Leaders Office Hours

The ACS Theatre will also be used for meet and greets with ACS leaders—ACS Leaders Office Hours. Signage will be located throughout ACS Central outlining the schedule for the day, and alerts will be sent out through the app and ACS social media channels alerting you to when ACS Theatre sessions are taking place and when leaders will be present to meet and talk with you to get your feedback on how we can improve ACS!

Hours and Locations

ACS Central will be located in the Exhibit Hall and will be open Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Select ACS programs will also have a presence in the main lobby of the Convention Center and in the Registration Area. Make sure to visit the following booths that will be open Sunday through Thursday: ACS Foundation and Fellows Leadership Society lounge, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC, Mobile Connect, and Become a Member/Member Services, where you can join ACS, pay your membership dues, or have questions answered about your membership. MyCME and Webcast Sales booths will be located throughout the Convention Center. These booths will be open the same hours as registration.