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FDA provides update to ASA members regarding ongoing propofol shortage: Teva to restart production
Captain Valerie Jensen, R.Ph, the FDA's associate director for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research's Drug Shortage Program, offered an update to ASA members regarding the propofol shortage. Captain Jensen noted "Fresenius/APP has increased production and shipments of the product" and Teva is restarting production of propofol. Read the full update.


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IPAB Repeal Coalition endorses the Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2013
The IPAB Repeal Coalition, a coalition of 26 medical organizations co-founded by ASA and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, recently endorsed a bill by Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), H.R. 351, "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act," which was re-introduced to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provisions. Read more.

ASA encourages patients to seek physician-led pain care
On January 21, ASA published a nationally syndicated article about the important role of physicians in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of chronic pain patients. The article highlighted the complexity of chronic pain procedures and the need for only physicians who possess the appropriate training and knowledge to provide such care. The article was published by more than 1,270 online media outlets, including the Houston Chronicle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, San Francisco Chronicle and Times Union.  

Editorial expresses support for New Jersey bill
ASA member Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D. authored an editorial in the Press of Atlantic City. Dr. Singh-Radcliff expressed support for the recently introduced bill by New Jersey State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D). The Compounding Pharmacy Quality Assurance Act (S2365) would require compounding pharmacies in New Jersey to receive accreditation from the Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board to help prevent situations such as the fungal meningitis outbreak from occurring again.

Revised: Deadline is January 31 for eligible physicians to request exemption from electronic prescribing incentive program penalty
Please note that in addition to last week's article regarding the January 31 deadline for eligible physicians to request exemption from the eRx incentive program penalty, many anesthesiologists are automatically excluded from the incentives and penalties associated with this program.  Learn more about the eRx program and who qualifies.

FAER grant applications sought - Apply by February 15
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is now accepting applications for its 2013 grant cycle. The deadline for grant applications is February 15. Visit the FAER website for eligibility requirements and application information, and to apply.


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ASA Legislative Conference - 'Focus on the Future'
Don't miss the premier grassroots advocacy conference for anesthesiologists on April 29-May 1, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn from ASA leaders about the Society's legislative, political, grassroots and regulatory agenda for 2013. Register now for the ASA Legislative Conference through your state component society.

New financial basics online course now available
Brush up on your financial skills with ASA's Fundamentals of Financial Management online course. Topics covered include medical billing operations, production and payroll, accounts payable and benchmarks to measure operational performance, plus much more. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Order now.

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Experience the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting from the comfort of your own home with the newly released 2012 Refresher Course Lecture (RCL) outlines. Perfect for doing research, brushing up on skills or as a reference for teaching, the RCL outlines can be easily purchased as either a downloadable link or flash drive.  Order today.

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