On Oct. 12, 2012, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Philadelphia at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, featuring keynote speaker U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-PA6), who encouraged surgeons to insert their knowledge into the health care policy process and ensure the right programs are implemented – or sustained – to most effectively improve care and reduce costs.
The event was co-hosted by Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine; Surgeon-in-Chief, Chief, Pediatric Surgery, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Howard M. Snyder III, MD, FACS, Attending Urologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Professor of Urology in Surgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Additionally, a distinguished panel of surgeons and health care leaders discussed the importance of using physician-led data collection, reporting and measurement, including the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database, to help improve patient outcomes and streamline costs throughout Pennsylvania and across the nation.
Forum panelists included:
- Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, Senior Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Dean, Temple University School of Medicine; President and Chief Executive Officer, Temple University Health System
- John S. Kukora, MD, FACS, FACE, Chairman, Department of Surgery, Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Abington Memorial Hospital
- Mark V. Pauly, PhD, Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Management, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
- Glenn D. Steele Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Geisinger Health System