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ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL Comes to a Close, but Sessions and CME Still Available!

2020 ACS Quality and Safety ConferenceThe 2020 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL, which ran August 21−24, was a successful, well-attended event. Covering topics from quality surgical care, to leadership, to surgery in the COVID-19 pandemic, to telemedicine, the virtual conference included something for everyone.

If you missed it, the sessions and opportunity to collect Continuing Medical Education Credits, which includes delivery of a CME certificate once attendees have finished claiming credit for the entire meeting, are still available. All sessions will remain online and available for viewing, including as sources of CME, for several weeks, accessible on the conference website.

Speakers delivered their individuals presentations, all hosted and still available on the conference website (registration information required for log in). Presentations were offered in the following primary sections:

  • For Panel Sessions, panelists offered their experience and expert views on a range of surgical topics, and then were able to engage in group panel discussions. Some highlights include sessions on the QI toolbox, which provides an overview of the QI process, insights from international experts on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected surgery, a “how-to” panel on creating emergency general surgery quality infrastructure and more.
  • Fireside Chats provided one-on-one interviews between expert surgeons in a variety of fields and on a variety of topics, including talks from David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, ACS Executive Director, on quality in surgery and leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic; Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, FACS, who discusses diversity, disparity, equity and inclusion in health care and beyond with ACS President-Elect J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS; Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS, FCCM, Chair of the ACS Young Fellows Association, on her career path, experiences in the pandemic and perspectives on leadership and responsibility; and many more.
  • As in past live Quality and Safety Conferences, a highlight of this virtual event was brief Abstract Presentations from dozens of speakers on topics ranging from bariatric surgery, to efficiency and value in surgery, to surgical education, to patient-reported outcomes.

All of these sessions remain available to watch with your free registration—sign up now and take advantage of hours of incredible surgical quality and safety content.

The College and Clifford Y. Ko, MD, MS, MSHS, FACS, FASCRS, Director, ACS Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, extend a heartfelt thanks to speakers and attendees for making this first major virtual ACS conference event a success.

Register Now for the SSR MIPS 2020 Education Program and Earn CME Credits

The American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry™ is offering several educational webinars from August through November 2020 for surgeons who want to make the most of the SSR. Learn about new features in the SSR and how to review, reflect upon, and learn from your case data, whether you are new to the SSR or an experienced user.

Register for a 60-minute SSR webinar.

Learn About MIPS Reporting through ACS SSR MIPS 2020 Education Program

Eligible surgeons can still sign up for participation in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System 2020. To assist surgeons with reporting MIPS 2020, the American College of Surgeons Surgeon Specific Registry is offering the MIPS 2020 Education Program, allowing surgeons to earn up to 1.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Learn more about the MIPS 2020 Education Program and claiming CME Credit in MIPS 2020.

CMS has approved the ACS SSR to provide MIPS 2020 participation as a Qualified Registry for the Quality and Improvement Activities components for the 2020 performance year. Verify your 2020 eligibility first using your individual National Provider Identifier number before signing up for MIPS 2020 Participation. Eligible MIPS 2020 participants can fully enter all data and review performance rates for MIPS 2020, and are encouraged to sign up now in the SSR. Visit the ACS website for more information on MIPS 2020. The deadline to submit your MIPS 2020 data through the SSR is January 6, 2021.

Surgeons are encouraged to enter SSR cases on a regular basis to track cases and outcomes continuously for surgical quality and practice improvements, as well as for participation in regulatory programs, including the American Board of Surgery Continuous Certification Program. In addition to using the SSR to fulfill the ABS requirement of participating in a practice improvement activity—a local, regional, or national outcomes registry or quality assessment program—the SSR can be used to electronically transfer your 12-month operative log to the ABS when required. View the SSR Operative Log Transfer instructional guide.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at SSR@facs.org, or at 312-202-5408. For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at ACSTechSupport@iqvia.com, or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).

Don’t Miss This Opportunity: Abstracts for 2021 ACS Surgical Simulation Summit Due September 10

The call for abstracts is now open for the 2021 American College of Surgeons Surgical Simulation Summit: An International Multiprofessional Meeting, March 11–13 at the Swissôtel Chicago. This ACS Accredited Education Institutes forum highlights the best research in simulation-based surgical education or implementation of innovative simulation-based surgical education methods. Anyone involved in simulation-based education or surgical simulation-based training is invited to submit abstracts by the 11:59 pm Central Time September 10, 2020, deadline.

There are three opportunities to present at the Summit: Innovative Techniques, Original Papers, and Poster Presentations. Submitted abstracts are reviewed by the Program Review Committee. All ACS Surgical Simulation Summit abstract submissions must be from original research, not previously published or presented, with the expectation that all work submitted and accepted will be presented at this meeting. Presenting authors will receive the Program Review Committee’s decision by December 11, 2020.

Submit your abstract today. For abstract submission information, contact Amy Johnson at 312-202-5415 or ajohnson@facs.org.

Career Opportunities

New Career Opportunities: Openings for General Surgeons and Assistant/Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery

With the American College of Surgeons Surgery Career Connection, you can search more than 1,000 surgeon-specific positions and submit your application. The ACS Surgery Career Connection site is the premier resource to connect highly qualified surgeons with the best career opportunities across the country. Find your next career opportunity. Log on today.

General Surgeon (SurgOnc/Melanoma, MIS/Ab Wall, Breast)
Stanford University School of Medicine | Stanford, CA

General Surgeon
Main Line Health | Media, PA

Assistant or Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery
University of Virginia Health System | Charlottesville, VA

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