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  • November 01, 2018 11:57 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    The 2018 TQIP Annual Scientific Meeting and Training brings together trauma medical directors, program managers, coordinators, and registrars from participating and prospective Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP) hospitals and provides an ideal venue for networking and for the sharing of best practices. 

    The meeting will include role-specific breakout sessions to ensure all staff members receive the knowledge most useful and pertinent to their role on their facility’s TQIP team. In addition, Level III, Pediatric, and collaborative specific sessions will be offered, as well as sessions geared towards staff at new TQIP centers, new staff at existing centers, and those who need a TQIP refresher.

     Register today

    Reserve Your Hotel Accommodations

    Reserve your room at the Hilton Anaheim or Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort today to receive the ACS group rate. Both hotels are conveniently located on the Anaheim Convention Center campus.

     Reserve your room




  • September 21, 2018 1:04 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)


    Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Boston, MA
    October 21-25

    The ACS Clinical Congress features outstanding education and training opportunities at the premier annual surgical meeting for surgeons, surgery residents, medical students, and members of surgical teams. The hallmarks of the Clinical Congress are a broad range of outstanding hands-on and didactic learning opportunities and timely discourse on the most relevant surgical practices and research, along with unparalleled access to peers.

    Learn more and register to attend

  • September 04, 2018 3:11 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    In late July, all US members of ACS with an email address were sent an initial email notifying them of an upcoming survey, followed by an email with a link to the survey.  The survey is anonymous and is being performed in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Survey Research Laboratory (SRL).  The web based survey is completed by clicking the unique link in the email with the subject header “ACS Firearm Injury Prevention Membership Survey.” The email came from David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and was sent on behalf of uic.edu

    The last day to complete the survey is September 9th.  Please check your e-mail and SPAM folder if you have not yet completed the survey.  

  • June 12, 2018 1:20 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)


    Protect Your Medicare Payments
    Register Now- ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop in Nashville, TN

    With Medicare and third-party payor policy and AMA CPT coding changes taking effect in 2018, it is imperative that surgeons and their practice coding and billing team have accurate and up-to-date information to protect reimbursement and optimize efficiency. 

    Register now for the American College of Surgeons Coding Workshop to be held on August 9-10, 2018 in Nashville, TN.

    Participants in this coding workshop will not only learn how to correctly report surgical procedures and medical services, but will also have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including coding workbooks to keep for future reference that include exercises, checklists, resource guides, templates, and examples. Physicians recieve up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each day of participation. In addition, each day of the workshop meets AAPC guidelines for 6.5 continuing education units.  


  • June 06, 2018 8:16 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)


    Take a moment to support your colleagues to fight a proposed provider tax on ambulatory surgery centers in the state. Take Action to tell your Pennsylvania lawmakers to reject a Provider Tax in the state budget. 

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a new PROVIDER TAX on Pennsylvania ambulatory surgery centers in his 2018-19 budget address. His proposal seeks a 2.81% tax on profitability (net patient revenue) to generate $25M on an annual basis. The tax is part of the Human Services Code which provides additional dollars for Medical Assistance. The tax will result in decreased access to high-quality, cost-efficient community based surgical care, and increase costs for patients, insurers, employers and the state. The legislature is giving serious consideration to approving the tax. 

    The new Provider Tax would be detrimental to ambulatory surgery centers that provide a critical part of the quality and affordability of health care in Pennsylvania (Fact Sheet on Provider Tax). 

    The Keystone and Philadelphia Chapters of the American College of Surgeons have joined with the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association to oppose the new Provider Tax. A new tax on one part of medicine could lead to future taxes for others.


  • May 22, 2018 9:14 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    2018 Clinical Congress

    Clinical Congress 2018
    October 21-25
    Boston, MA

    Registration opens in June.

    New and Returning Postgraduate Courses

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will be offering Didactic Experiential Courses (DC) and Surgical Skills Courses (SC) at Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25 in Boston, MA. New Postgraduate Courses this year include the following:

    • Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted Esophagectomy (SC02)
    • Surgical Endoscopy: Essential Skills in Gastrointestinal Surgery (SC04)
    • Foregut Surgery: Achalasia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and Obesity (SC06)
    • Atypical Breast Lesions: Defining and Managing this High-Risk Population (DC08)
    • And many more...
  • April 11, 2018 11:07 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    On April 9th, the SWPA Chapter of the American College of Surgeons met at the LeMont Restaurant to consider interesting case presentations by surgical residents from area training programs.  Nineteen cases were submitted and the top five were selected for discussion at the event.  Johnathan Levy, MD (PGY-V) at AHN Allegheny General started the evening with an examination of “Delayed presentation of pyogenic liver abscesses after hemorrhoidectomy.” Kevin Yang, MD (PGY II) from UPMC Mercy presented “Multiply Injured Trauma Patient with a Partially Transected Innominate Artery.” Omar Hashmi, MD (PGY IV) from AHN Allegheny General spoke on “Extensive Neovaginal Squamous Cancer in a Transgender Female Presents as a Large Pelvic Mass.”  “Inside the Eleventh Hour with an Aortoesophageal Fistula” was presented by Jennifer Silvis, DO from Conemaugh Health System.  Pete Allen, MD (PGY-V) from UPMC Mercy was voted Most Interesting Case for his presentation on “A Case of descending mediastinitis from a dental infection.”  Congratulations to Dr. Allen and to all our presenters and special thanks to Dr. Sheri Mancini for moderating the evening’s event.

    Jonathan Levy, MD, Ari Reichstein, MD, Omar Hashmi, MD, Peter Allen, MD, and Stanislav Nosik, MDJonathan Levy, MD, Ari Reichstein, MD, Omar Hashmi, MD, Pete Allen, MD, and Stanislav Nosik, MD

  • March 05, 2018 2:18 PM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Submissions now being accepted for the Most Interesting Case Presentations.

    Submission Guidelines

    ELIGIBILITY 
    The competition is open to all general surgery residents and surgical specialty residents. Medical students are not eligible. Having presented at the national level is not a disqualifier to submitting an abstract.

    Send two copies of each abstract to be presented (one blind copy with only the paper’s title for judging and one version with the principal author’s name, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address) to the SW PA Chapter Office by Thursday, March 22th, 2018.  The abstracts will be reviewed with a number being selected for presentation at the April 9th event.  Each selected presenter will be notified shortly thereafter.

    Register to attend


  • February 14, 2018 11:49 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)

    Protect Your Medicare Payments
    Register Now to Attend 2018 ACS General Surgery Coding Workshop

    With Medicare and third-party payor policy and American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding changes taking effect in 2018, it is imperative that surgeons and their practice coding and billing team have accurate and up-to-date information to protect reimbursement and optimize efficiency. To help surgeons succeed, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has scheduled several general surgery coding workshops in 2018. 

    Participants in a coding workshop will not only learn how to correctly report surgical procedures and medical services, but will also have access to the tools necessary to succeed, including a coding workbook to keep for future reference that includes exercises, checklists, resource guides, templates, and examples. Physicians receive up to 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for each day of participation. In addition, each day of the workshop meets AAPC guidelines for 6.5 continuing education units.

    Register Today

    The remaining ACS coding workshops in 2018 are listed below:

    • Orlando, FL, February 22–23
    • Chicago, IL, April 12–13
    • New York, NY, May 17–19*
    • Nashville, TN, August 9–10
    • Chicago, IL, November 1–3*

    *The New York City and (November) Chicago workshops offer a third day devoted to trauma and critical care coding. 

    Thursday Course: Supercharge Your Reimbursement Skills
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Select the correct category of code and level of service for E/M visits.
    • Appropriately assign modifiers to E/M visits.
    • Accurately code lesion excision and repair codes.
    • Describe the medical and surgical services that are and are not included in the global payment for surgery.
    • Assess and improve one key aspect of the revenue cycle function.
    • Implement strategies for collecting from patients with high deductible health plans. 

    Friday Course: 2018 Mastering General Surgery CPT Coding
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

    • Correctly code common general surgery procedures including breast, endoscopy, colorectal, bariatric, trauma, gall bladder, liver, hernia, and more.
    • Accurately use new and revised incompetent vein treatment codes.
    • Identify areas for improvement in surgical documentation.
    • Accurately apply modifiers when they are required and understand their impact on reimbursement.
    • Understand how to report and get paid for unlisted procedures.
    • Integrate 2018 CPT and HCPCS coding changes and guidelines into practice.

    Saturday Course: 2018 Intensive Trauma and Critical Care Coding - Only in New York City and (November) Chicago 
    At the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

    • Discuss how the pre, intra and post-operative component of trauma procedures are valued.
    • Understand the difference between co-surgeon and assistant surgeon in trauma.
    • Describe how surgical modifiers are used in trauma and how they impact payment.
    • Describe accurate coding of common surgical trauma scenarios.
    • Apply coding concepts to complex trauma surgeries, including multiple injuries and damage control surgery.
    • Apply modifiers to E/M and critical care services.
    • Identify scenarios when critical care coding is appropriate and when it is not.

    For more information about the 2018 ACS coding workshops, please visit the ACS website or e-mail practicemanagement@facs.org


  • February 08, 2018 10:00 AM | Jim Ireland (Administrator)


    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) will host our seventh annual Leadership & Advocacy Summit, May 19–22 at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel. The Summit is a dual meeting offering comprehensive and specialized sessions that provide volunteer leaders and advocates with the skills and tools they need to be effective in their roles.

    Register Today

    Registration is now open! Register by Monday, April 23 to take advantage of the early bird rate!

     Register online

    Reasons to Attend in 2018

    Join more than 400 College leaders and ACS members for the 2018 ACS Leadership & Advocacy Summit. The Leadership portion of the meeting will include a full day of sessions devoted to building communication and strategic thinking skills for effective leadership in and out of the operating room. Topics for 2018 will focus on change management, leading in times of crisis, ethics in surgical leadership, fostering leadership skills in young surgeons and residents, managing complex and diverse teams, and getting the most from your team. In addition, a portion of the meeting will be dedicated to sharing ACS chapter success stories and working with you to identify strategies to help strengthen ACS chapters.

    The Advocacy portion of the meeting will provide you with the opportunity to hear more about legislative priorities the College is pursuing on your behalf, and will bring together ACS members to develop advocacy skills, learn about legislative and health policy priorities, and advocate in meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

    General Schedule

    Saturday, May 19: ACS Committee Meetings and Leadership & Advocacy Summit Opening Reception

    Sunday, May 20: Leadership Summit Program and Advocacy Reception and Dinner

    Monday, May 21: Advocacy Summit Program

    Tuesday, May 22: Hill Visits

    Mark your calendars and plan to be in Washington, DC, to

    • Advocate to improve health care
    • Engage influential decision makers
    • Connect with ACS leaders and learn how to get involved
    • Lead discussions on innovative ways to face leadership and surgical challenges
    • Enhance your leadership skills by attending professional development sessions

    Contact

    For information on the Leadership Summit, please contact Brian Frankel at bfrankel@facs.org or 312-202-5361.

    For information on the Advocacy Summit, please contact Michael Carmody at mcarmody@facs.org or 202-672-1511.



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