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July 9,2021

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MD-ACS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

 The Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MD-ACS) invites you to join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held virtually on July 17th, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 12:00pm EST. The event is being offered at no charge, but registration is required.
This year we are delighted to have Maryland State Delegate, Terri L. Hill, MD to discuss Lessons Learned During Covid Pandemic: What Surgeons Need to Know. This will be an interactive session, so don’t miss it! (See more about Dr. Hill below.)

Below you will find the program for the entire meeting along with the registration details:

  • 8:00 – 8:05 am – Welcome from Jose Diaz, MD, FACS
  • 8:05 – 8:10 am – Sponsor Highlight 
  • 8:10 -10:35 am – General Surgery and Cancer Resident Paper Competitions
  • 10:35 – 10:45 am  – Break 
  • 10:45 – 11:30 am – Maryland State Delegate Terri L. Hill, MD
  • 11:30  am – Noon – MD ACS Business Meeting 
Click Here to Register in Advance
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Maryland State Delegate Terri Hill, M.D. is a plastic surgeon in solo practice who has been serving in the Maryland General Assembly since 2015.  As the only licensed, practicing physician in the House, she serves on the Health and Government Operations Committee.  Having previously served on the Insurance, Health Facilities and Pharmaceuticals, Health Facilities and Health Occupations, Government Operations and Estates & Trusts, and Estates and Trusts subcommittees, she currently serves on the Public Health and Minority Health Disparities and the Government Operations and Health Facilities Subcommittees.  In 2021 she was appointed to the Commission to Advance Next Generation 911 Across Maryland.  Previously policy service assignments include the Maryland Attorney General's COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, and the Maryland House Justice Reinvestment, Affordable Care Act, and Death with Dignity Workgroups.  Memberships include the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus, The Women Legislators of Maryland (Past Parliamentarian), Maryland Legislative Latino Caucus Associate Member, Baltimore County Delegation (Secretary and Chair, Legislative Bond Initiative Subcommittee), and Howard County Delegation (Past House Chair).
Delegate Hill earned her Bachelors in bio-electric engineering from Harvard University, her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and completed a craniofacial fellowship at the University of Miami.  She has been in practice since 1991.

Announcing the Launch of the Surgical Palliative Care Society (SPCS)

We are excited to announce the launch of the Surgical Palliative Care Society (SPCS).  SPCS is an innovative interdisciplinary professional society dedicated to the integration of high quality palliative medicine into the care of all surgical patients, through mentorship, education, research, quality improvement and advocacy.  Co-founders of the society include Dr. Red Hoffman, Dr. Buddy Marterre and Dr. Pringl Miller.  Membership is now open; inaugural rates are half-priced and are valid through December 31, 2021.  Membership is free for students, residents and fellows.  Call for nominations for leadership positions will occur in July and we hope you will consider getting involved to help shape the future of this organization - the only organization dedicated solely to the practice of Surgical Palliative Care!
Click Here for More Information
You can also find us on Twitter @spcsociety and follow us on Facebook at Surgical Palliative Care Society.

Southeastern Surgical Congress 2021 Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Southeastern Surgical Congress 2021 Annual Meeting!
  • InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta
  • August 21-24, 2021
  • Register Now

 Don’t miss Maryland’s own Dr. Thomas Scalea 

Roger T. Sherman Lecture 
Introduction:   William O. Richards MD | University of South Alabama
The Past, Present, and Future of Endovascular Care for Trauma
Thomas Scalea, MD 
R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

ACS Clinical Congress 2021 to Be Virtual

While encouraged by recent measures to reduce the incidence of COVID-19, we also recognize that this positive trajectory may not yet be a predictable one. Therefore, this year’s American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress will be a VIRTUAL event, taking place October 24-28, 2021.

Building on the success of last year’s first virtual Congress, we are confident we can again offer a best-in-class educational event for all attendees, presenters, and exhibitors. The program will focus on the latest advances in surgical science, practice, and education, all celebrated under this year’s theme, “Resilience in the Pursuit of Excellence.”

Clinical Congress is one of the largest educational meetings of surgeons in the world. Last year’s event truly embraced a digital approach that unlocked new opportunities for surgeons from around the globe; with 33,617 registrants from 162 countries. Plans are well underway to present another robust five-day conference of educational offerings and guest lectures, along with our signature Opening Ceremony and Sunday evening Convocation—all will be remote activities.

More information on programs, event registration and fees will be available as details become finalized in the weeks and months ahead. Please watch for upcoming communications from the College, particularly if you will be presenting at this year’s meeting. In the meantime, please visit the Clinical Congress webpage, watch for our e-mail messages, and check the weekly ACS Bulletin Brief for updates.

Please mark your calendars now, and join us for Clinical Congress 2021 VIRTUAL from the comfort and convenience of your home or office.

With all best regards,

J. Wayne Meredith, MD, FACS, MCCM
President, American College of Surgeons

Countdown to 2021 Quality & Safety Conference Starts

The 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL starts in less than 2 weeks! Download the conference agenda today to start planning your conference experience.

Continuing Education Credit
At the 2021 ACS Quality and Safety Conference, you can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits, Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credits, NCRA Continuing Education (CE) Credits, or a Certificate of Completion. Learn more about the number of credits or contact hours you can earn at this exciting conference.  
Abstract Competition & Poster Gallery
The ACS is proud to recognize the 2021 Quality and Safety Abstract Competition Winners. The extraordinary number of submissions made the selection of the award recipients very competitive and difficult. Congratulations to our Abstract Competition Winners!

The Poster Gallery will display more than 400 abstracts submitted by authors across the globe. Attendees will have the opportunity to share the abstracts via social media and interact with authors using the shared contact information in their attendee profile.

We look forward to welcoming you to the VIRTUAL conference! Don't forget to follow along on Twitter at @AmCollSurgeons and use the hashtag #QualitySafety21!

If you haven't registered yet, save your spot today. Registration is FREE!

New! Bulletin Brief CME Credit Now Available

In the spring of 2020, during the pandemic, the Bulletin Brief was created by the ACS Division of Integrated Communications and the Bulletin Brief Editorial Board to provide ACS members with timely updates related to surgery and patient care on a weekly basis. After more than a year of publication, the editorial board, which is led by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, and Tyler Hughes, MD, FACS, approached the CPDA Section about providing CME credit to Bulletin Brief readers. The CPDA Section is happy to announce that beginning with the June 22, 2021, issue, physician learners who read, reflect, and complete an evaluation (linked at the bottom of each e-mailed issue or on the Bulletin Brief CME website may earn 0.5 CME credits per issue at no cost. We are delighted to collaborate with the Division of Integrated Communications and the Bulletin Brief Editorial Board to provide this learning opportunity as an ACS Member benefit, and we hope that you will share this information with your committees and physician learners.

ACS Board of Regents Innovative Grant for DEI and Anti-Racism

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Regents Taskforce on Racial Issues is pleased to announce a matching grant program focused on funding innovative and impactful research projects and programs dealing with diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism issues. The ACS intends to catalyze efforts of professional societies, academic departments of surgery, and surgeons, in all surgical specialties, toward the goal of advancing anti-racism, diversity, inclusion, and gender equity in the field of surgery.

The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues is soliciting innovative proposals and programs that will improve the diversity and gender balance of our surgical workforce and its cultural competency, will enrich the pipeline of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) surgeons, and will reduce the disparities in the delivery of health care, particularly in the equitable management of surgically related diseases. The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues encourages the submission of innovative anti-racism DEI programs that can be used as templates for wide dissemination throughout the College's reach.

Grant Details

This request for application is open to all surgical professional societies, departments of surgery, or group practices. The ACS Taskforce on Racial Issues will award eight grants—four $25,000 grants and four $50,000 grants—for one year, with an identical amount matched by the society, department, practice (entity).

Any Fellow in good standing of the ACS may apply as the principal investigator or project lead on the grant application.

Application Information

Interested applicants must submit a 2–3-page description of the project, and including the following:

  • Project title
  • Name of the principal investigator or project lead
  • Sponsoring entity
  • Specific project specific aims, methodology and anticipated outcomes to effect DEI/anti-racism
  • Project plan
  • Budget

In addition, a support letter from the sponsoring entity's leadership committing to matching funds and a letter of intent from the project lead must accompany the application letter. The project lead and the entity should include a statement in their respective letters that they each grant the ACS the right to disseminate their program within its reach.

Apply Online

The selection committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and adjust its award accordingly.

Only one application per surgical department, society, organization, or practice group will be accepted.

Applications are due by September 1, 2021.

Reporting Requirements

A written report describing the accomplishments and impact of the project during the funding year is required at the conclusion of the project.

Surgical Care Coalition Again Working to Prevent 9 Percent Cut to Surgical Care

One year ago, the American College of Surgeons (ACS)-led Surgical Care Coalition was formed to advocate for patients and stop harmful cuts to surgical care. While the ACS and the Surgical Care Coalition worked diligently and were successful in getting Congress to delay for the most drastic cuts in 2020, surgeons and the care they provide are facing another round of devastating payment cuts that will harm patients. Last year's congressional action was only a temporary fix that did not offer a long-term solution for patients. Surgical care may yet see a nearly 9 percent cut this year unless Congress acts once again.

Surgical care faces two different types of cuts at the end of the year, as follows:

  1. Delayed payment cuts to surgical care ordered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services go into effect
  2. Federal laws to curb spending (known as "sequestration" and PAYGO) that automatically cut payments

Patients need a health care system that invests in surgical care, not one that threatens it year after year.

In the coming weeks and months, the ACS and the Surgical Care Coalition will be reaching out for your testimony, support, and advocacy to make our voices heard in the halls of Congress to stop these cuts. But you can start working now—contact your members of Congress to help educate them about the importance of preventing this 9 percent cut to surgical care. It is time to make sure the collective voice of surgery is heard again.

HHS Releases Revised Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

On June 11, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), released revised reporting requirements for recipients of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. The announcement included an extension of the amount of time providers will have to report information and is intended to reduce the burden of reporting. It also extended the deadline for expending those PRF payments received after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements are applicable to payments that exceed $10,000, in aggregate, during a single Payment Received Period.

Read the revised requirements issued on June 11, 2021.

Important changes in the revisions include:

  1. The period of availability of funds is based on the date the payment is received (rather than requiring all payments be used by June 30, 2021, regardless of when they were received).
  2. Recipients are required to report for each Payment Received Period in which they received one or more payments exceeding, in the aggregate, $10,000 (rather than $10,000 cumulatively across all PRF payments).
  3. Recipients will have a 90-day period to complete reporting (rather than a 30-day reporting period).
  4. The PRF Reporting Portal will open for providers to start submitting information on July 1, 2021.

In January 2021, HHS opened registration for the Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal. HRSA encourages providers to establish a Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal account now by registering here. Registration will facilitate the receipt of updates closer to the time of the official opening of the portal for reporting.

Be a Surgeon Advocate: Participate in the 2021 Advocacy at Home Program

While participating in advocacy through SurgeonsVoice is essential and has already made an impact in Washington, DC, the ACS Division of Advocacy and Health Policy (DAHP) encourages all surgeon advocates to engage in Advocacy at Home, particularly during the month of August when lawmakers look to constituents for updates regarding important issues affecting their districts.

Be on the lookout for additional announcements about the 2021 Advocacy at Home program, including online tools and resources to schedule meetings with your elected officials, more information about current ACS legislative priorities and where your voice is critical to ensure Congress acts, plus best practices to successfully advocate at home.

Learn more about the importance of Advocacy at Home program today. If you have questions, contact

Did You Forget? 2021MD-ACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2021 Maryland Chapter of the American College of Surgeons dues slipped your mind. Not to worry! You can do it now online. Click on the button below and use your ACS ID number to pay your dues for 2021.Thank you!
Pay Your Dues & Renew Your Membership

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