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

Legislative and Regulatory Updates

Engage with the ACS DAHP at the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 

Attendees will have several opportunities to engage with the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) during the virtual 2021 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 15–17. In addition to panels focused on health care reform, Medicare physician payment, and value-based health care, the Summit will feature advocacy and political information booths in ACS Central. As a reminder, Advocacy Summit attendees participating in congressional visits are required to attend the live congressional briefing and advocacy training sessions on Sunday.

The booths will be staffed by DAHP professionals during the Leadership & Advocacy Summit 10:00 am–3:30 pm Saturday, May 15, and 10:00 am–5:00 pm Sunday, May 16 (note: DAHP booth times are listed in Eastern time). For more information about legislative, regulatory, quality and state affairs priorities, visit the Advocacy and Health Policy booth. To learn more about the College’s grassroots and political programs, visit the SurgeonsVoice and SurgeonsPAC booth.

ACS Requests USAID Funding for Neglected Surgical Conditions

The ACS led a coalition of 16 surgical organizations in sending a letter April 28 to leadership of the respective House and Senate Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) urging inclusion of $100 million for neglected surgical conditions. 

Each year, global deaths from conditions requiring surgical care far exceed those from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. However, the burden of conditions requiring surgical intervention continues to be neglected as a public health priority. Language recognizing the importance of strengthening capacity to address neglected surgical conditions was included in the FY 2021 SFOPS report. 

The ACS hopes Congress will further strengthen its commitment to address neglected surgical conditions by directing $100 million through USAID. Such investment in global surgical care would allow the U.S. to lead the effort to transform health systems in low- and middle-income countries.

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