American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

NewsScope: April 12, 2019

2019 ACS Leadership Summit a SuccessLeadership & Advocacy Summit

The eighth annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit took place March 30–April 2 in Washington, DC. More than 560 ACS leaders and members attended the Leadership Summit March 31. Attendees enjoyed presentations from notable speakers from the medical and academic worlds on topics that included advancing in your surgical career, raising performance through coaching, advancing care through information technology, using mentorship in leadership development, and refining your negotiation skills.

Leaders from three ACS chapters shared success stories focused on inclusion, empowerment, and legacy in the Virginia Chapter; the future of surgery from the Delaware Chapter; and a Stop the BleedTM success story from the Indiana Chapter. Leadership Summit attendees also had the opportunity to participate in state breakouts over lunch to network and identify strategies to enhance ACS membership at the local level. The Leadership Summit provided relevant, thought-provoking, and actionable information and takeaways for attendees to apply to their practices and daily interactions.

The presentations from the 2019 Leadership Summit are now available on the ACS website.

Save the date for the 2020 Leadership & Advocacy Summit, March 28–31 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, and encourage your colleagues to attend. Contact Brian Frankel at or 312-202-5361 with any questions about the Leadership Summit.

Summit Participants Discuss Health Policy Priorities with Legislators

A total of 293 surgical leaders from 47 states participated in 253 meetings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, April 2, during the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Leadership & Advocacy Summit. In these visits, ACS Fellows met with members of Congress and their staffs to help educate legislators on health care issues. Topics that participants in the Capitol Hill visits addressed included the following:

  • Concerns about surprise billing of patients who have received care from out-of-network providers without their prior knowledge
  • Prior authorization mandates from Medicare Advantage plans, which often lead to delays in the delivery of quality care
  • Meaningful measurement of surgical quality to create a true value-based health care delivery system
  • Development of a Medicare physician payment methodology that accounts for the effects of inflation on physician practice, improves Merit-based Incentive Payment System measurement, implements new Alternative Payment Models, and provides opportunities to succeed through innovation and quality improvement
  • Funding for firearms research and violence prevention
  • Senate passage of the House-passed Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which includes the Mission Zero Act aimed at integrating military health care professionals into the civilian setting
  • Passage of cancer research and prevention legislation, including the Palliative Care Education and Hospice Training Act, the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act, and appropriations that would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cancer programs

For details, contact ACS Legislative and Political Affairs Manager Kristin McDonald at or 202-672-1512.

SurgeonsPAC recognizes 2018 PAC Award Recipients at ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit

The American College of Surgeons Professional Association political action committee (ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC) recognized the 2018 PAC award recipients at a Leadership & Advocacy Summit luncheon sponsored by the PAC. Established to honor outstanding PAC supporters and state chapter fundraising efforts, special recognition went to John C. Mayberry, MD, FACS (Warshaw-PAC MVP); Naveen F. Sangji, MD (Resident Rising Star); the South Texas Chapter (Total Dollars Raised per State), and the Wyoming Chapter (Greatest Participation Increase) for their commitment to SurgeonsPAC.

For more information about past award recipients, visit (The PAC in Action/PAC Awards) or contact Katie Oehmen, Manager, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC and Grassroots, at

Gary Timmerman, MD, FACS, ACSPA-SurgeonsPAC Board Member (left), and Dr. Mayberry Dr. Timmerman and Dr. Sangji

Complete Survey to Help CSPS Revise WHO Checklist

The Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety (CSPS) is conducting a survey to determine how the World Health Organization (WHO) surgical safety checklist (SSC) could be revised to work most effectively in high-income countries.

The WHO SSC was developed as a simple communication-based tool to decrease the global burden of adverse outcomes after surgery. Since the SSC was introduced 10 years ago, it has had variable success in practice. Building on its existing work, the CSPS proposes to generate a new evidence-based surgical safety tool through redevelopment of the SSC.

As a member organization of the CSPS, the American College of Surgeons asks for your assistance by taking this survey, which can be completed in 10–15 minutes. Make use of spaces for comments to provide thoughts or reflections on changes that you feel may improve the function of the checklist or areas that you feel should be addressed.