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NewsScope: January 11, 2019

House Tries Again to Push Senate to Pass PAHPAI

The U.S. House of Representatives January 8 passed H.R. 269, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019 (PAHPAI). Included in this package is the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-supported Mission Zero Act, which Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced last year. H.R. 269 is the same legislation as H.R. 7328, which the House passed December 20, 2018.

The Mission Zero Act would build upon the legislative framework passed in the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and further incorporate military trauma care providers into the civilian setting. These military-civilian trauma care partnerships are intended to increase military health care readiness and ensure patient access to high-quality trauma care both domestically and abroad.

Senate action is needed to ensure the reauthorization of PAHPAI and final passage of Mission Zero. Contact your senator to express support for PAHPAI reauthorization by visiting SurgeonsVoice. For more information about ACS trauma policy, contact Hannah Chargin, Congressional Lobbyist, at or 202-672-1528.

CMS Opens 2018 MIPS Data Submission Period and Updates 2019 QPP Resource Library

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened the 2018 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data submission period January 2. MIPS-eligible clinicians who participated in Year 2 of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) may now begin submitting MIPS data through April 2.

Data can be submitted through multiple mechanisms, including the QPP portal on the QPP website, Medicare Part B claims, electronic health records (EHRs), Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs), and Qualified Registries. The CMS Web Interface data submission period is open January 22–March 22. If a clinician submitted Quality measures via Part B claims in Year 2 (2018), these claims for services furnished in 2018 must be processed within 60 days following the end of the 2018 performance period.

It also is important that surgeons begin preparing for Year 3 (2019) of MIPS. CMS recently updated and released new resources to help guide QPP participation in 2019. These materials can be found in the QPP Resource Library on the QPP website.

For more information, contact the American College of Surgeons Quality Affairs team by e-mail at or by phone at 202-672-1517.

Registration Now Open for 2019 ACS Leadership & Advocacy SummitLeadership & Advocacy Summit

Registration is open for the 2019 American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit, which will take place March 30–April 2 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Leadership & Advocacy Summit is a dual meeting that offers comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide ACS members, leaders, and advocates with topics focused on effective surgeon leadership, as well as interactive advocacy training with coordinated visits to congressional offices.

The Leadership Summit will offer compelling speakers and panels that will address key topics in surgical leadership beginning Saturday, March 30, with a Welcome Reception open to all registrants, followed by a full day of programming on Sunday, March 31. Speakers will address key topics, including getting to the C-suite, raising performance through coaching, refining negotiation skills, executing and implementing innovative and impactful ideas, and more. In addition, a portion of the event will be dedicated to sharing ACS chapter success stories and working to identify strategies to enhance and strengthen chapters. More than 400 ACS leaders and members are expected to participate in the Leadership Summit. 

The Advocacy Summit will begin Sunday, March 31, with a dinner and keynote address and will continue Monday, April 1, with sessions highlighting the political environment in Washington and speakers outlining important health care issues that affect surgeons’ ability to provide quality patient care. Attendees will apply this knowledge in face-to-face meetings with their elected officials and congressional staff Tuesday, April 2. The Advocacy Summit provides a unique opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become a more effective surgeon advocate and provides College members an opportunity to demonstrate surgery’s strength on Capitol Hill. 

Register now. The early bird registration deadline is March 11, and hotel reservations received after February 22 or after the room block fills are subject to rate and space availability. For information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at, or 312-202-5361. For information on the Advocacy Summit, contact Michael Carmody at, or 202-672-1511.