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American College of Surgeons Supports Steps to Shore Up Medicare Payment System In Proposed Federal Budget
Date:2/27/2009

al-time" feedback, the CoC has also developed a new reporting system that could link into the interoperable, nationwide Health Information Technology (HIT) system, which just received significant support from the stimulus bill recently passed by Congress. Called the Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS), this prospective electronic reporting system monitors evidence-based performance measures in real-time, alerting providers when standards of care for select cancers are not being met. The College believes RQRS could ultimately play an important part in any new, outcomes-based payment models.

When it comes to funding new systems to measure performance and help set standards of care that are critical to effective health care reform, ACS believes that priority should be given to supporting and expanding existing efforts, such as RQRS.

About the American College 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 74,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit www.facs.org.


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