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Message from the President – Dan Beauchamp, MD, FACS

Representing the interests of Tennessee surgeons is a critical purpose of the TN Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (TNACS).  To that end, several members of the Executive Council are attending the ACS Leadership and Advocacy Symposium in April.   We will be meeting with Tennessee Legislators in Washington, DC, to discuss concerns of Tennessee Surgeons.      Please feel free to contact me with your concerns about healthcare / surgical care in TN and Nationwide.

In the meantime, several TNACS representatives will be joining the TN Medical Association for State Hill Day on March 3.   If YOU, can attend, please register here
You can take advantage of the transportation provided by the TMA OR the Chapter will reimburse your travel expenses.

Learn more about TMA’s 2015 Legislative Package

We will also have TNACS packets to distribute with information about the Chapter and the TSQC.
If you can join us for TNACS Hill Day, please let our Chapter Administrator know

Finally, I hope you are planning to attend the 2015 TNACS Annual Meeting, July 31 – August 2, Knoxville Hilton Hotel.   Registration for the meeting will be open soon.

Feel free to contact me or any other member of the TNACS Executive Council if we can be assistance.

Drs. Ken Sharp, Laura Witherspoon, David Richardson, and David Head congratulate the honoree.   

R. Phillip Burns Surgical Society Established

Many friends and colleagues were on hand to celebrate the establishment of the R. Phillip Burns Surgical Society on February 23, in Chattanooga.   In recognition of Dr. Burns’ contributions to surgical education, the Society will provide a forum for the advancement of surgical training and promote collegiality among surgeons.   Congratulations on a well-deserved honor!

Tennessee Surgeons Well Represented at Southeastern Surgical Congress

Over 25 presentations and posters were presented by surgeons and residents at the 2015 Southeastern Surgical Congress held February 22 – 24, in Chattanooga.   One of the lead presentations showcased the work of the TN Surgical   Quality Collaborative.    Dr. Brian Daley’s presentation “Up Close and Personal –A Statewide Collaborative’s Effort to get Individual Surgeon Quality Improvement Data to the Practitioner” created much interest and discussion.   Look for a related article in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Region IV Committee on Trauma Meeting

Congratulations to Elena Paulus, MD, UTHSC.   Her presentation, "Early femur fracture fixation benefits both high and low risk patients" was presented at the Region IV Committee on Trauma meeting in Orlando, FL.  She placed as the runner-up!

Please review the video from ACS and share it freely

On January 7, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched a new initiative to attract young surgeons - the next generation of leaders - to join the College. Themed â€œRealize the Potential of Your Profession,” the campaign focuses on communicating the value of ACS membership to a larger network of young surgeons through peer-to-peer connections and social sharing.

To highlight all the College has to offer surgeons in their careers, the ACS has developed an engaging video leveraging our 100-year history called 100 Years, 100 Reasons to Join

Medicare Will Cover Lung Cancer Screening

On February 5, 2015, CMS announced that it will cover lung cancer screening with low dose computed tomography (LDCT).  “This is the first time that Medicare has covered lung cancer screening.  This is an important new Medicare preventive benefit since lung cancer is the third most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States,” said Patrick Conway, the CMS's chief medical officer and deputy administrator. Lung cancer screening with LDCT will be covered once per year for beneficiaries who: (1) are age 55-77; (2) are either current smokers or quit in past 15 years; (3) have a smoking history of 30 “pack years” (averaging one pack per day for 30 years); and (4) possess a written order from physician or other qualified practitioner.  The coverage also includes a counseling visit on the benefits and risks of screening.  Additionally, the national coverage determination includes required data collection and coverage eligibility criteria for radiologists and radiology imaging centers.

Reporter, Katy Lucas, Atlanta, + 1 404 572 2822,

HHS Outlines Value-Based Medicare Reimbursement Plan

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined its goals and timeline for shifting Medicare reimbursements for the first time from volume to value. According to a release, "HHS has set a goal of tying 30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2016, and tying 50 percent of payments to these models by the end of 2018," in addition to tying 85 percent of traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90 percent by 2018. Read the full release.

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July 31 - August 2, 2015
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Knoxville, TN

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