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

January 2020

America can’t afford billions in surprise medical bills
The Washington Post, January 17, 2020

"We support efforts to prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills. Patients should be kept out of disputes between insurers and physicians. And we continue to encourage legislation that protects patients from surprise medical bills, promotes access to appropriate medical care, and encourages insurers to negotiate in good faith with physicians to establish adequate provider networks and fair remuneration."

U.S. Cancer Mortality Rate Declines, But Disparities In Treatment Point To Access Problems
Forbes, January 9, 2020

"In “Disparities in Receiving Guideline-Concordant Treatment for Lung Cancer in the U.S.” Dr. Erik Blom and colleagues report that the probability of receiving the guideline-recommended treatments is even lower than 62% for African American patients and the elderly.

The findings are based on a review of nearly 442,000 lung cancer cases diagnosed between 2010 and 2014 in the U.S. National Cancer Database."

The 25 best jobs of 2020
U.S. News & World Report, January 7, 2020

"Surgeons may spend hours a day on their feet, operating on patients to treat injuries, diseases and deformities. In these high-stress jobs, working irregular hours isn’t uncommon, and you may be constantly on call. But the work you do could save someone’s life.

Surgeons must attend medical school and then complete a residency. According to the American College of Surgeons, surgical residencies last a minimum of five years."

Older People Need Geriatricians. Where Will They Come From?
The New York Times, January 3, 2020

“To some extent, this is already happening. Medical associations representing cardiologists and oncologists have begun focusing on older patients, Ms. Lundebjerg pointed out.

Health systems are adopting age-friendly approaches, like specialized emergency rooms. The American College of Surgeons’ new verification program sets standards hospitals should meet to improve results for older patients.”