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American College of Surgeons 2008-09 Presidential Theme: What is a Role Model?

Presidential Theme Video, John L. Cameron, MD, FACS, 89th President


2008 Clinical Congress Webcast Information

Fina an Approved Commission on Cancer Program Near You I Need an Operation...Now What? A Patient's Guide to a Safe and Successful Outcome

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Surgeons Diversified Investment Fund
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American College of Surgeons Issues New Health Care Reform Agenda, Emphasizes Need to Address Access, Surgical Workforce Shortage
As President-elect Barack Obama and the incoming 111th Congress prepare for the many policy issues potentially complicating the process of achieving effective health care reform, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has released a comprehensive policy statement to help frame the debate. Specifically, the ACS calls on policymakers to support a reform approach that improves access to safe, high-quality, and affordable surgical care.
 Details online

Restrictions on Resident Work Hours
American College of Surgeons (ACS) position statement presented to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Consensus Committee

Developed by the ACS Task Force on the Resident 80-Hour Work Week, this statement explores key issues on the topic, including a decisive discussion on the fact that there has been no evidence-based study yet published that links surgery resident duty hours with improved patient safety outcomes.
 Read the full ACS statement to the IOM online

ACS Urges Action on Health Care Reform
In its newly issued Statement on Health Care Reform, the American College of Surgeons urges Congress and the Administration to take action concerning three critically important and interrelated goals for health care: Quality and Safety, Access/Workforce, and Reduction of Health Care Costs. This document sets forth for each of these priorities specific actions that Congress and the incoming President and Administration should support, as well as related activities the ACS is committed to undertaking.
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Your Participation in Practice Information Survey Needed
The American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and more than 70 other organizations are conducting a comprehensive multispecialty survey of physician practices. Results from the study will be used to educate policymakers about the realities of modern medical and surgical practice.
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ACS Field Tests Surgical CAHPS Survey: General Surgeons Needed
The American College of Surgeons is sponsoring the development of a cross-surgical specialty version of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) survey. CAHPS is the standard instrument for measuring patients’ health care experience and is used in public reporting and quality improvement efforts. It also has been endorsed by the American Board of Medical Specialties for purposes of maintenance of certification.  The College has contracted with the American Institutes for Research and Westat to develop and field test a Surgical CAHPS survey and is actively recruiting general surgeons for participation.
 Details online

2007 PQRI Participants: Sign Up Now for Feedback Reports
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that final feedback reports on the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) will be made available in mid-July on a secure Web site. Reports will be accessible to each practice that has at least one eligible health care professional who submitted 2007 PQRI quality measures data. Reports will include information on reporting rates, clinical performance, and incentive payments earned by individual professionals, as well as summary information on reporting success and incentives earned at the practice level.
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American College of Surgeons panel presentation
Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC)
Sunday, February 8, 2009
2:00 - 5:30 pm

Update from the American College of Surgeons

The Shortage of General Surgeons:
An Impending Crisis and Possible Solutions

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