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.
October 2014 ACS Advocate
Patrick Bailey, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Advocacy, American College of Surgeons (ACS) examines "Election 2014: Issue-based considerations from a surgeon's perspective."
September 2014 ACS Advocate
Get to know newly appointed Medical Director of Advocacy Patrick Bailey, MD, FACS, as he shares his thoughts on why surgeons are apprehensive about serving as advocates and why they shouldn't be. Meanwhile on the state affairs front, lawmakers in California wade through considerable legislation surrounding optometry, all-terrain vehicle safety, and Proposition 46.
August 2014 ACS Advocate
In response to the shifting landscape of health care delivery, and to develop a stronger presence in Washington, in June, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) welcomed two new Medical Directors to the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) leadership team.
July 2014 ACS Advocate
As Congress prepares to adjourn for the July 4 recess, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) advocacy and health policy staff are gearing up for what’s expected to be an unpredictable election season. Meanwhile, we have a few updates and reminders on federal level issues, and things are heating up at the state level. Take a look inside this issue…
June 2014 ACS Advocate
While many of you are preparing for your summer vacations, the American College of Surgeons Professional Association’s (ACSPA) political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) is preparing for the upcoming election season. 2014 is an election year for the entire House of Representatives and one-third of the Senate. As you can imagine, many hotly contested races are taking place across the nation, which is why the ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC is constantly working at the federal level on issues that support and promote candidates who will serve as champions for the practice of surgery.
May 2014 ACS Advocate
Congress has returned from its April recess, and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) staff are working diligently on several legislative issues we hope to bring to the forefront in the coming months. Meanwhile, several issues are heating up at the state level, including hospital cost containment, bariatric surgery, liability shields, and more.