July 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched a new web tool this month to help Fellows navigate and succeed in Medicare's three mandatory quality programs: the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use (EHR MU), and the Value-Based Modifier (VM). The requirements and associated penalties of PQRS and the EHR-MU and VM programs remain in effect until January 2019.
June 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted a meeting of Surgical Quality Alliance, which is comprised of 20 societies. At the meeting, participants discussed a range of topics, including: the interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) systems; the future of qualified clinical data registries; the background and methodology behind various public reporting websites; and much more. Learn about what is happening at the state level, including medical liability reform, motorcycle helmet laws, access to bariatric surgery, and a lobby day in New York.
May 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) played a key role in Congress permanently repealing the broken formula used to calculate Medicare physician payment. The ACS will be actively engaged in helping develop the policies authorized in the legislation that stress quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Centers for the Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for the 2016 Inpatient Prospective Payment System. The College is evaluating the proposed rule and will submit comments. The legislation that repealed the sustainable growth rate formula, which President Obama signed into law, will fund the Children's Health Insurance Program for two years.
April 2015 ACS Advocate
U.S. senators need to act when they return to Washington, DC, on April 13 to stop a 21 percent Medicare physician pay cut. The cut, caused by the broken sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to calculate Medicare physician payment, will take effect April 1, but the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold claims for 14 days. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is urging all Fellows and their staff, family, and patients to call senators and urge them to pass bipartisan Medicare access legislation.
March 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has been focusing on two important trauma bills that were reintroduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. The bills center on funding for regional trauma centers and pilot projects for implementing and assessing emergency care models. Some states are addressing the need for graduate medical education funding. Find out more about state-level activity and funding.
February 2015 ACS Advocate
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is gearing up for the first of several two-day CPT coding workshops in 2015. Register for the February 19–20 workshop in Las Vegas. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services deadline to submit for attestation for participation in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is fast approaching.
January 2015 ACS Advocate
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the highly anticipated Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) proposed rule and there are a number of key provisions of relevance to surgeons. In response to the current U.S. medical liability system crisis, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a new primer to keep you well-informed about the challenges facing medical liability system reform in the U.S.
December 2014 ACS Advocate
The midterm elections may be behind us, but the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is still encouraging Fellows to reach out to their members of Congress to pass The SGR Repeal and Medicare Payment Modernization Act
. For 2015 grassroots advocacy efforts, start reaching out to your newly elected and re-elected senators and representatives to make a difference for the surgical profession and in health care legislation.
November 2014 ACS Advocate
This month, the ACS Advocate takes a look at recently released reports and open payments data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Learn about various bill updates at the state level, including legislation on smoking parks, access to chemotherapy, MICRA in California, and more. Surgeons
PAC has launched a new website and offers support to two candidates in the mid-term elections.