Staying alive: Strategies for accountable health care

Stuart G. Marcus, Kaye M. Reid-Lombardo, Amy L. Halverson, Vijay Maker, Achilles Demetriou, Josef E. Fischer, David Bentrem, Marek Rudnicki, Jonathan R. Hiatt, Daniel Jones

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in March 2010, has led to sweeping changes to the US health care system. The ensuing pace of change in health care regulation is unparalleled and difficult for physicians to keep up with. Because of the extraordinary challenges that have arisen, the public policy committee of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary tract conducted a symposium at their 52nd Annual Meeting in May 2011 to educate participants on the myriad of public policy changes occurring in order to best prepare them for their future. Expert speakers presented their views on policy changes affecting diverse areas including patient safety, patient experience, hospital and provider fiscal challenges, and the life of the practicing surgeon. In all areas, surgical leadership was felt to be critical to successfully navigate the new health care landscape as surgeons have a long history of providing safe, high quality, low cost care. The recognition of shared values among the diverse constituents affected by health care policy changes will best prepare surgeons to control their own destiny and successfully manage new challenges as they emerge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)927-934
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2012


  • Delivery of health care
  • General surgery
  • Health care reform
  • Patient satisfaction
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Gastroenterology

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