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ACS Releases Suggestions for Surgeons on Dealing with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed an informational web page for surgeons about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Although risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the U.S. is very low at this time, recent forecasts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about its imminent rise here are not optimistic. If surgeons encounter someone with symptoms in their practice setting, the ACS suggests that surgeons prepare now and familiarize themselves with CDC infection control practices and equipment recommendations (such as N95 respirators and personal protective equipment). The ACS will continue to monitor the issue and update this web page as more information becomes available.

Read more on the ACS website.

Prevent BLEEDing Bill Introduced in the SenateStop the Bleed

Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Boozman (R-AR) February 26 introduced the Prevent Blood Loss with Emergency Equipment Devices (BLEEDing) Act of 2020. Like the bill of the same name in the House of Representatives, this legislation would provide grant funding to states for bleeding control kits and training. American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) Chair Eileen Bulger, MD, FACS, was quoted in the senators’ press release as stating, “Just like with CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation], a civilian familiar with basic bleeding control techniques is equipped to save a life when minutes matter. This legislation helps educate and empower individuals to take lifesaving action during a bleeding emergency and will help drive the goal of eliminating preventable death from bleeding.”  Read the full press release from Sens. Menendez and Boozman.

In 2018, Fellows of the ACS instructed more than 75 congressional staff during a STOP THE BLEED® Training session hosted by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) through the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. This legislation is a direct result of that event, continued educational efforts by the College, and the interest of members of Congress. Read the press release on that training.

Ask your senators and representative to support this lifesaving bill through SurgeonsVoice. For more information on COT trauma priorities, visit the trauma advocacy page or contact Hannah Chargin, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at hchargin@facs.org.

Opportunity to Submit 2019 MIPS Data Ends March 31

The window for submitting Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Performance Year 2019 data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will close at 8:00 pm Eastern time March 31, 2020. Be sure to check with your chosen reporting mechanisms to determine any special submission deadlines they may have, as some Qualified Clinical Data Registries (QCDRs) and Qualified Registries likely require MIPS data to be fully submitted to them prior to the CMS deadline.

Questions about submitting 2019 MIPS data should be directed to QualityDC@facs.org.

Register for 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit Today to Secure Hotel Discounts and Early Bird FeesLeadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host the Leadership & Advocacy Summit March 28–31 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The deadline to receive the group room rate at the Renaissance is March 1; however, space is limited and reservations received after the cutoff date or if the room block fills are subject to availability. If rooms are not available at the Renaissance for the night(s) needed, additional housing can be provided at the Marriott Marquis, which is located a few blocks down the street. The deadline to receive the group room rate at the Marriott Marquis is March 6.

Register online for the Summit by March 9 to take advantage of the early bird registration rate.

The Leadership Summit begins Saturday, March 28, with a Welcome Reception open to all registrants, followed by a full day of programming Sunday, March 29. Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, will deliver a keynote address, Examining the Opioid Crisis: How Stigma Influences Outcomes. Other sessions will address implementing impactful ideas in care delivery; getting the best out of your team; fostering innovation, diversity, and inclusiveness in your practice; being an authentic surgical leader with passion, vulnerability, and courage; and empowering young surgeons to reach their potential. View the Leadership Summit Agenda for a full list of presenters and topics.

The Advocacy Summit will follow Sunday evening with a dinner and keynote address, followed by a full day of sessions Monday, March 30. Sessions planned will highlight the political environment in Washington, DC, and speakers will outline critical health care issues that affect the surgical community and surgical patients. Tuesday, March 31, attendees will apply this knowledge during in-person meetings with members of Congress and congressional staff to continue to educate legislators about ACS advocacy priorities.

For information about the Leadership Summit, contact Brian Frankel at bfrankel@facs.org, or 312-202-5361; and for the Advocacy Summit, contact Austin O’Boyle at aoboyle@facs.org or 202-672-1511.

Several ACS Websites Will Be Unavailable March 6−9 for System Maintenance

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will perform systems maintenance and upgrades on several ACS websites beginning at 5:00 pm Central time Friday, March 6. We anticipate having the services back online by 8:00 am Central Monday, March 9. View a detailed list of sites and services that will be unavailable during this time.