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American College of Surgeons Issues New Health Care Reform Agenda, Emphasizes Need to Address Access, Surgical Workforce Shortage
Date:12/4/2008

the surgical, medical, and health care communities to make sure that when a surgeon is needed, the resources are there."

In addition to workforce and access issues, the College also lays out policy recommendations to improve quality and safety and reduce overall health care costs.

The College takes a "shared responsibility" approach in its policy statement and recommends that all stakeholders work together to build a better health care delivery system. In addition, the ACS outlines related activities it is committed to undertaking to meet its policy objectives. These commitments include providing better educational and quality measurement resources and opportunities, promoting health information technology (HIT) among the surgical community, and developing better patient safety standards to help reduce medical errors.

The American College of Surgeon's Statement on Health Care Policy Reform can be found at

http://www.facs.org/ahp/hcreform08.pdf.

About the AmericanCollege of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America, and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 73,000 members, and it is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, please visit http://www.facs.org.

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