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GSACS eNews

July 7, 2021

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2021 GSACS Annual Meeting &
Obesity Day & Day of Trauma

Join your colleagues for the BEST surgical meeting in Georgia - the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) 2021 Annual Meeting with Obesity Day & Day of Trauma. Excellent surgical education, professional networking and catching up with friends in a FACE TO FACE meeting on Georgia's beautiful Golden Isles.

Obesity Day and Day of Trauma kick off this wonderful weekend on Friday, August 13 with the GSACS meeting starting on Friday evening with a welcome reception and concludes on Sunday, August 15 at noon.

The agendas are stellar with something for everyone.
Family Fun on the island!
Lots of Hotel Options!
We are looking forward to SEEING you!

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 Here
Don’t miss GSACS’s President-elect, Dr. Joe Sharma deliver the State of the Art Lecture at SESC!
State of the Art Lecture
Introduction:  William O. Richards MD | University of South Alabama

Agility in Surgical Quality Improvement
Joe Sharma MD | Emory University

Now Your Gifts to the ACS Foundation Can Be Directed Back to Georgia!

What is the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund? 

The Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) has partnered with the American College of Surgeons Foundation to set up a special fund, the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund and all gifts to that fund will be held for use by GSACS.

GSACS may use the funds to cover the costs of any initiative that advances the mission of the American College of Surgeons.

All gifts to the American College of Surgeons Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund will be held by the American College of Surgeons Foundation (ACS Foundation) as restricted gifts for the benefit of the Georgia Chapter (Georgia Society of the America College of Surgeons). Potential uses of the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund include but are not limited to:
  1. Scholarships.
  2. Educational grants to cover portions of travel and accommodation expenses to attend the ACS Clinical Congress and related national/international events.
  3. Research Scholarships and Fellowships.
  4. International Guest Scholarships
  5. Initiatives that advance the mission of the American College of Surgeons.

Anyone may donate to the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund. In addition, many employers offer a matching program for employees making charitable donations.

The American College of Surgeons Foundation is a 501C-3 nonprofit as established by the IRS. This tax status means that donations towards the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund are considered charitable contributions and are thus tax deductible. Once said funds are received by the ACS Foundation they cannot be returned to the individual donor or chapter from which they were received. If the Fund is not utilized for a period of three years, then remaining funds shall be dispersed to the ACS General Fund.

How do I give to the Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund? 

Giving to the ACS Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund is quite simple. Go online to the ACS Foundation site to start the process. Under the Designation tab, select Chapter Programs Fund and directly under that at the Program Designation tab, type in Georgia Chapter Initiative Fund. Follow the prompts after that to complete your gift.

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!
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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 ahp@facs.org.

Did You Forget? 2021 GSACS Dues

The COVID-19 pandemic upset many routines, and perhaps paying your 2021 Georgia Society 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!
 
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