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Legislative and Regulatory Updates

Leadership & Advocacy Summit Draws Hybrid Crowd

Approximately 700 individuals (220 in-person and 475 virtual attendees) took part in the ACS 2022 Leadership & Advocacy Summit earlier this month in Washington, DC.

The Leadership Summit offered compelling topics, including The Surgeon as the Second Victim, Surgeons May Be Better Leaders than They Think, and the Leadership Imperative for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Surgery.

Also popular was a session moderated by Rohan Jeyarajah, MD, FACS, on surgeon well-being. Tips and lessons learned came from ACS President Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, FRCSEd (Hon), DFSV, MAMSE; ACS Regent Douglas E. Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd; and Melanie A. Edwards, MD, FACS, from the ACS Women in Surgery Committee.

During the Advocacy portion, participants learned about several federal legislative priorities, including long-term stability of Medicare physician payment, ensuring the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implements the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act as intended, easing the burden of prior authorization, maintaining a strong surgical workforce, and acknowledging Congress’s efforts to recognize the 100th anniversaries of the ACS Committee on Trauma and Commission on Cancer.

In addition, participants engaged in more than 150 virtual visits with lawmakers and their senior staff member.

Ongoing member engagement is essential, however. To maintain the momentum, you are encouraged to take action on current congressional priorities via SurgeonsVoice.

If you missed the Summit, you can still register at facs.org/summit to get access to the on-demand content that will be available through Tuesday, July 5. Registrants can earn up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

For more information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at bfrankel@facs.org. Learn more about the Advocacy portion by contacting Kristin McDonald at kmcdonald@facs.org or Katie Oehmen at koehmen@facs.org.

The 2023 Leadership & Advocacy Summit will be April 15-18 in Washington, DC.