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

Dr. Beth H. Sutton Elected Chair of ACS Board of Regents

Beth H. Sutton, MD, FACS, and L. Scott Levin, MD, FACS, were elected Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the conclusion of Clinical Congress 2019 last month in San Francisco, CA.

A general surgeon in private practice in Wichita Falls, TX, Dr. Sutton has been a Fellow of the College since 1984 and has held several leadership roles within the ACS. She has been a member of the B/R since 2012 and served on the Board of Governors (B/G) Executive Committee (2008–2010) and as a Governor at-Large from the North Texas Chapter (2004–2010). At present, she serves on the ACS Committee on Healthcare Disparities, the Advisory Council for General Surgery, the Committee on Preceptorship for Practicing Surgeons, and the Committee on Professional Opportunities for Senior Members. Dr. Sutton also is a past-president of the Texas Surgical Society (2007) and the Association of Women Surgeons (1999).

As B/R Chair, Dr. Sutton will work closely with ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 23-member B/R formulates policy and is ultimately responsible for managing the affairs of the College. The Board members’ diversity and variety of experiences and interests enable the Regents to represent views related to myriad issues in contemporary surgery.

Dr. Levin is the Paul B. Magnuson Professor of Bone and Joint Surgery and chair, department of orthopaedic surgery, and professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia. He also is medical director, Penn Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology Service Line, and director, hand transplant program, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

A Fellow of the College since 1996, Dr. Levin was elected to the B/R in 2012 and has served on the B/R Executive Committee since 2018. Among his ACS leadership positions, he is Past-Chair of the ACS Advisory Council for Orthopaedic Surgery (2008−2012), served on the B/G (2006−2012), and is a member of the Health Policy and Advocacy Group (2017−present).

Visit the ACS website to see the full roster of 2019–2020 Regents, Officers, and B/G Executive Committee.

ACS Advocates for Extension of PCORI

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) recently signed on to a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate expressing support for long-term reauthorization of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Federal funding for PCORI was maintained as part of the Continuing Resolution to maintain financing for government-funded programs through November 21. After that date, PCORI will no longer have the authority to commit to new research grants, and only previously awarded grants will continue to be funded through fiscal year 2024.

The letter was sent to leadership in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, which are working to negotiate a legislative package that would extend funding for several health care-related programs.

The ACS is a member of The Friends of PCORI Reauthorization, a coalition of 183 patient and family caregiver organizations, health care provider associations, biopharma/life science companies, payors, and other interested entities and individuals supportive of PCORI’s mission. 

For more information, contact Amelia Suermann, ACS Congressional Lobbyist at asuermann@facs.org.

ACS SSR MIPS 2019 Participation RemindersSurgeon Specific Registry

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR) allows you the option to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), and there is still time to participate in the MIPS 2019 performance year. Submitting MIPS 2019 data to CMS will allow you to potentially either avoid a flat 7 percent negative payment adjustment or earn a positive payment adjustment of up to 7 percent in calendar year 2021.

MIPS participants should verify their MIPS 2019 eligibility via the CMS Quality Payment Program Participation Status lookup tool by entering their individual surgeon National Provider Identifier number before signing up for MIPS 2019 through the SSR.

CMS has finalized eligibility data, and you can now verify your MIPS 2019 final eligibility in November 2019. Visit the ACS SSR website for more information about MIPS 2019 participation, including requirements, measures and Improvement Activities (IA) specifications, and educational resources.

The deadline to submit your MIPS 2019 data through the SSR is January 3, 2020.

The SSR supports the Quality and IA components of MIPS 2019, and CMS considers MIPS data submitted through the SSR to be individual, registry-based reporting. MIPS 2019 Clinical Quality Measures reporting includes options for general surgeons and plastic surgeons in addition to a range of other surgical specialties. For MIPS 2019 IAs, surgeons have 88 surgically relevant activities to choose from for attestation, including two new opioid-related IAs.

Several MIPS 2019 educational and instructional resources (Quick guides and video demonstrations) are available for you online on the ACS SSR website.

For any SSR programmatic questions, including MIPS participation, contact the ACS SSR Program at SSR@facs.org or at 312-202-5408. For SSR technical questions or issues (password reset, account reactivation, and so on), contact Technical Support at ACSTechSupport@iqvia.com or at 877-600-7237 (toll-free).

Reminder: Claim Your Clinical Congress 2019 CME Credit TodayMy CME

If you attended Clinical Congress 2019 and have not yet claimed your Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credit or evaluated your experiences, be sure to visit the Clinical Congress Credit and Evaluation Site. There, you can complete session evaluations and the global evaluation and claim CME Credit, as well as access Certificates of Completion, CME Certificates, and your Clinical Congress Transcript. As a reminder, the deadline to claim CME Credit for Clinical Congress is December 1.