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MEETINGS / EVENTS

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November 08 - 09 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Quality Meeting 2014

January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

February 07 - 08 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Certificate in Business Administration 2015

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

October 20, 2014

Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP 10 MG Per ML, 30 ML Single-Dose, Preservative-Free, by Hospira: Recall - Particulate Matter

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FDA Medwatch Alert 10-20-14

October 16, 2014

FDA MedWatch - LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira, Inc.: Recall - Potential for Leakage

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FDA MedWatch LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira Inc

October 13, 2014

FDA MedWatch - CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators: Class 1 Recall - Power Connection Failure

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FDA MedWatch CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators

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Federal Legislative and Regulatory Activities

ASA's Advocacy Division based in Washington, D.C. advances the federal and state legislative, and regulatory interests of ASA members. Browse the latest federal legislative and regulatory issues below. Your voice is important to our efforts to shape the federal policy. Please join the ASA Grassroots Network.

Legislative Activity


Congress: This page serves as a one stop resource on the composition, leadership, and key committees in the 113th (2013-2014) Congress.

Health Care Reform: Find out the latest news on what’s happening in Washington and how it could affect you and your practice. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Initiative for Independent Practice for Nurse Anesthetists

Medicare Payments and Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Formula: Find out ASA's legislative priorities in regards to Medicare Payments and information on the SGR formula.   

IPAB Repeal: The non-elected Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by PPACA has sweeping powers to mandate added across-the-board or other targeted reductions in Part B payments on top of SGR and sequestration-related cuts.

Rural Pass-Through Legislation: ASA supports legislation that would permit certain eligible rural hospitals to utilize their pass-through status with Part A funding to employ anesthesiologists in addition to already-permitted nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologist assistants.

Truth and Transparency Legislation: The "Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act" is legislation that would decrease ambiguity caused by some health care provider-related advertising, marketing, and degree titles.  

Regulatory Activity


Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Find out the latest updates on the formation and operation of accountable care organizations.

ASA Regulatory Comment Letters: As new regulations are proposed, ASA and its members submit letters commenting on the proposed rules.

Pain Medicine: ASA advocates for its members on issues related to pain medicine. The resources on this page are designed to inform you about federal legislative and regulatory activities that may impact the practice of pain medicine.  

Drug Shortages: Anesthesiologists face an unprecedented number of drug shortages. ASA works to keep members informed of the current drug shortages and informs appropriate parties on the impact drug shortages are having on patients.

Electronic Health Record: Find out more information on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Physician Quality Reporting System: The Physician Quality Reporting System's (PQRS), formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, goal is to provide a financial incentive to eligible professionals to improve patient care through evidence-based measures and to prepare for future pay-for-performance programs.


Items of Interest

Advocacy Resources: The ASA Committee on Governmental Affairs has developed resources to assist members in advocating on behalf of anesthesiology.  These resources including an Advocacy Guide, information on how to host a site visit with a lawmaker and information on how to be an effective advocate to Congress.    

Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs: The ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a four-week rotation in Washington, D.C., designed to allow resident physicians to experience the political, legislative and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care.

ASA Lansdale Public Policy Fellowship: This non-clinical position is designed for anesthesiologists interested in health policy issues at the federal government level. The Fellow works in an appropriate health care policy position with a member of Congress or in an executive branch office.  For more information contact the ASA Washington office.


CMS Supervision Rules for Nurse Anesthetists: This important document outlines the rules governing the provision of anesthesia in different medical settings.

Legislative Conference: The 2015 ASA Legislative Conference will be held from May 4 - May 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C. 

Medicare Claims Processing Manual: An important resource for anesthesiologists regarding their Medicare patients.

Position Papers