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Thursday, November 04, 2010

First Anesthesiologist Elected to Congress

Andy Harris, M.D. became the first anesthesiologist ever elected to the United States Congress.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., to the PCORI Methodology Committee

ASA recently nominated Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

NCQA Releases Proposed Standards for ACOs

On October 19, 2010, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released for public comment its proposed accountable care organization (ACO) standards and measures.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New ASA Ad Hoc Committee on ACOs

With the increasing interest in and emphasis on accountable care organizations (ACOs) as a potential model for recognizing savings under Medicare, ASA President Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D. has identified a task force to address this issue in anticipation of a CMS proposed rule prior to year end.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

ASA Advocacy wins Communicator Award

ASA was recently recognized with the Communicator Award of Distinction in the Film/Video - Government Relations category for its political involvement video debuted at the 2009 Celebration of Advocacy.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lawmakers Urge CMS to Hike Anesthesiologists' Payment

Large bipartisan groups of lawmakers in the Senate and the House are urging CMS to increase Medicare payments for anesthesia services, but so far the agency appears to be resisting the pressure, according to stakeholders.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

National Quality Forum Webinar ABCs of Measurement

National Quality Forum Webinar ABCs of Measurement

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Congress Adjourns: November 30th SGR Cut Still Pending

ASA joined sixty-six physician groups in a letter calling on Congress to take action on the looming Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cuts. On November 30th, Medicare will cut payment rates by 23% and another 6.5% cut will occur January 1, 2011, unless action is taken.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The 2010 Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) Results Are Now Available!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed the administration of the 2010 MCPSS. The 2010 results reflect the percentage of provider satisfaction as distributed on the new, fully labeled, 5-point scale...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bipartisan Senate letter urges review of Medicare payments for anesthesiology

ASA applauds the recent Senate letter dated August 23, 2010, to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging a review of Medicare payments for anesthesia services as potentially undervalued or misvalued. In total, 16 U.S. Senators signed the letter.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

A recent report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Medicare Part B physician payments for transforaminal epidural injections increased nearly 150% from $57 million in 2003 to $141 million in 2007.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Nominates James P. Rathmell M.D. and Richard W. Rosenquist M.D. to Pain Care Committees

ASA recently nominated two of its members to committees that will be examining issues related to pain care. Dr. James P. Rathmell was nominated to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), on behalf of its over 44,000 members, appreciates the opportunity to comment on several of the issues in the proposed rule published in the July 13, 2010, Federal Register.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the “Red Flags Rule”

On August 18, ASA joined 24 other medical specialty groups in filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit originated in May by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the “Red Flags Rule.”

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

In 2005, ASA submitted comments to and testified before the FDA opposing a Citizen Petition (Docket FDA-2005-P-0059) by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) asking that FDA remove the following language ...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Please complete the ASA and ASCCA Survey on Critical Care Medicine

Critical care medicine is an important part of the practice of anesthesiology. The specialty has its roots in perioperative resuscitation and the support of organ failure, as practiced by anesthesiologists.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Office of Governmental & Legal Affairs (OGLA) is pleased to host its inaugural class of residents for the ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs ...

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

CMS Announces Educational Series for the Electronic Health Record EHR Incentive Program

ASA members are invited to participate in the recently announced educational programs to learn more about the EHR incentive program, which provides financial incentives in the near-term, and financial penalties beginning in 2015, to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs Closed Application Notice

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Office of Governmental & Legal Affairs is pleased to host its inaugural class of residents for the ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs beginning this fall in Washington, DC.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

President Obama released a presidential proclamation recognizing today as the 45th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and highlighting the important contributions these programs have made.

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