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NewsScope: November 30, 2018

ACS Submits Comments to Senate HELP Committee on Improving Affordability through Innovation

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) submitted comments for consideration at the November 28 U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing titled Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability through Innovation. The College’s comments focused on the development of outcomes measures that accurately reflect quality, safety, and value; the development and implementation of alternative payment models (also known as APMs); and health information technology software tools to improve care and reduce administrative burden. The ACS also requested that as members of the committee consider efforts to increase transparency in medical costs, they look to physicians and other health care stakeholders to develop an innovative solution to gaps in network coverage, which can contribute to unexpected charges to patients. 

The ACS remains committed to working with the HELP Committee, members of Congress, and the Administration to improve quality of care while lowering costs.

Read a full copy of the ACS comments. For more information on price and information transparency, contact Mark Lukaszewski, ACS Congressional Lobbyist, at mlukaszewski@facs.org.

New Resources Available to Assist in MIPS Reporting

Surgeons who are responsible for reporting their own Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data as individuals can access new resources on the American College of Surgeons (ACS) website. The three instructional video presentations are specifically designed to assist Fellows in the following ways:

  • Provide an overview of the MIPS program and its reporting requirements for 2018
  • Offer a simple, low-burden mechanism for avoiding the penalty for failure to report 2018 MIPS data
  • Demonstrate in a step-by-step fashion the process of reporting 2018 data for MIPS using the ACS Surgeon Specific Registry (SSR)

For more information, contact the Division of Advocacy and Health Policy at 202-337-2701 or AHP@facs.org or the SSR at 312-202-5408 or SSR@facs.org.

Dr. Gerald M. Fried Elected Chair of the ACS Board of Regents

Gerald M. Fried, MD, FACS, FRCSC, was elected Chair of the Board of Regents (B/R) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) at the ACS Clinical Congress 2018 in Boston, MA, October 21–25.

A general surgeon, Dr. Fried is the Edward W. Archibald Professor and chair, department of surgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC; and surgeon-in-chief, McGill University Health Centre Hospitals. He also is the founder of the Steinberg-Bernstein Centre for Minimally Invasive Surgery and Innovation at McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Fried previously served as Adair Family Chair of Surgical Education and the program director for general surgery at McGill University.

As B/R Chair, Dr. Fried will work closely with ACS Executive Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and will chair the Regents’ Finance and Executive Committees. The College’s 24-member Board of Regents 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.

A Fellow of the ACS since 1986 and a member of the B/R since 2011, Dr. Fried has served in many roles within the organization, including as Chair of the B/R Nominating Committee (2012–2015) and a member of its Honors Committee (2011–2019), as well as a member (2002–2006), Vice-Chair (2006–2008), and consultant (2012–2015) of the Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education. Dr. Fried also has served on the Board of Governors (2002–2008), the Advisory Council for General Surgery (2006–2011), and the ACS Accredited Education Institutes (AEI) Surveyor Committee (2010–2015).

In addition, James K. Elsey, MD, FACS, a general surgeon in private practice in Atlanta, GA, and visiting professor of surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, was elected Vice-Chair of the ACS B/R.

Read more about Dr. Fried in the ACS press release.