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Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

March 15, 2022

Federal Spending Package Includes MISSION ZERO Funding

On March 11, President Biden signed an omnibus appropriations package that funds the government through September 30. The $1.5 trillion spending bill includes funding for several ACS supported priorities, including $2 million for the MISSION ZERO program, which would establish grant programs for civilian trauma centers to train and incorporate military trauma care providers and teams. Inclusion in the omnibus represents the first time the program has received appropriations since it was passed into law in 2019. The ACS was instrumental in the initial passage of the MISSION ZERO Act, and funding for the program has been a top priority. The mechanism for securing funds from the government for this effort will be announced in future regulations.

For more information, contact Amelia Suermann, ACS Senior Congressional Lobbyist, at asuermann@facs.org.

COT Support for SurgeonsPAC Nears Pre-Pandemic Levels during Centennial Celebration

Members of the ACS Committee on Trauma (COT) contributed more than $31,000 to the ACS Professional Association Political Action Committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) during the COT Annual Meeting and 100th anniversary celebration in Seattle, WA. Between Monday, March 7, and Friday, March 11, more than 115 COT members and meeting attendees supported SurgeonsPAC, which continues to build relationships with federal policymakers who are willing to advocate for various ACS priorities, including important trauma advocacy initiatives. A special thanks to the following “top” contributors:

  • Susan M. Briggs, MD, FACS
  • Brendan T. Campbell, MD, MPH, FACS
  • Amalia L. Cochran, MD, FACS
  • Frederic J. Cole, MD, FACS
  • Nilda M. Garcia, MD, FACS
  • Scott G. Thomas, MD, FACS
  • Wayne E. VanderKolk, MD, FACS

For more information about SurgeonsPAC fundraising and disbursement activities, contact Katie Oehmen, Senior Manager, Political and Grassroots Engagement, at koehmen@facs.org or 202-672-1503.

Contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of ACSPA have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC from accepting contributions from foreign nations. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC may only use your contribution to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ACSPA and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is a program of the ACSPA, which is exempt from federal income tax under section 501c (6) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Attend ACS On-Demand CPT Coding Courses

The ACS has partnered with KarenZupko & Associates in offering on-demand courses to help you and your coding staff stay on top of changes in Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding and documentation. In recognition of ongoing travel restrictions or travel hesitancy, these 60-to-90-minute courses are offered virtually and on-demand, allowing participants to learn without travel and at a self-determined pace.

The courses will help surgeons, practice administrators, managers, coders, and reimbursement staff ensure accurate, consistent, and complete coding.

The following on-demand courses are available:

  • Office E/M Coding for Surgeons
  • Avoid Denials! Code Hospital Services Correctly!
  • Critical Care Coding and Documentation—2022 Update
  • Office Procedures—Document and Code Them Right

Each course is eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, and discounts are available for team members or practice employees of ACS Fellows.

Visit the KZA website or call 312-642-8310 to learn more about each course and register. For additional information, contact Celia Torres at ctorres@facs.org.