ASAP for February 13, 2013

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Cuts to Medicare physician payments as part of sequestration increasingly likely
A mandatory 2-percent cut to the Medicare program and Medicare physician payments appears increasingly likely unless Congress acts to avert the Budget Control Act's sequestration process. Read more.

 

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Physician-led care receives national attention
Media coverage discussing non-physicians' increased role in providing medical care to patients as a result of health care reform has surfaced in recent weeks. 

• ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. submitted a letter to the editor in response to the Los Angeles Times February 9 article "State lacks doctors to meet demand of national healthcare law." Dr. Zerwas expressed ASA's support that physician assistants and other mid-level providers are best deployed in physician-led teams.

•Fox News aired a segment this week addressing the lack of doctors in California to meet health care reform. The interview stressed the safety risk of relying on physician assistants and mid-level providers, including nurse anesthetists, to replace physicians.

•In response to the February 3 Wall Street Journal article "Battles Erupt Over Filling Doctors' Shoes," ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. explained in a letter to the editor how anesthesiologists lead anesthesia care teams to make critical medical decisions on behalf of patients.


New rules require manufacturers to report gifts and meals to physicians

Beginning on August 1, 2013, as a result of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act - a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) - certain manufacturers of drugs, devices, biologicals or medical supplies covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will begin collecting data on financial relationship with physicians, including gifts or other transfers of value to a physician worth more than $10, or $100 in total gifts per calendar year given to a physician. These disclosures will eventually be reported on a public database. 

ASAPAC:  Another record year!
For the fourth consecutive year, ASAPAC is America's #1 physician PAC.  In calendar year 2012, ASAPAC raised $1.82 million.  ASAPAC is consistently in the top 50 trade PACs in the country.  Learn more about ASAPAC.

ASA raises concerns to FDA about proposed changes to opioid labeling
ASA presented at a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) public hearing with concerns about the impact of proposed changes to opioid labeling made by the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) group.  These labeling changes would strike the term "moderate" for non-cancer pain, add a maximum daily dose equivalent to 100 milligrams of morphine for non-cancer pain and add a maximum duration of 90 days for continuous use for non-cancer pain. 

Still time to apply for ASA Lansdale Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C.
The Lansdale Fellowship is a non-clinical opportunity for an anesthesiologist interested in health policy issues to work in an appropriate health care policy position either on Capitol Hill or in the Executive Branch of the federal government.  The next fellowship cycle will run from September 2013 through September 2014. Apply for the ASA Lansdale Public Policy Fellowship today.

Reminder: Participate in ISU Rural Pass-Through survey
The Public Health Program and Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University (ISU) are now surveying ASA members to investigate what proportion of active and resident ASA members would seriously consider converting their practices to Rural Pass-Through -eligible locations if CMS rules are changed to allow anesthesiologists to participate in the Rural Pass-ThroughPlease participate, and we appreciate you taking the time to make your voice heard!

 

ASA Events and Products

Didn't make it to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting?
Access popular sessions from last year's meeting from the comfort of your own home or office with the 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights. Available in an easy-to-download format, Highlights can be purchased by session, learning track or as a complete package. Order today.

Stay current with 2013 coding resources
Avoid claim denials, and obtain proper payment with ASA's 2013 Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK® coding resources. Order now.

New practice management online course now available
ASA has launched a new practice management online course titled "Managing Clinical Risk Through Communication and Teamwork." This online course provides best practices to improve patient safety and strategies to minimize risk in your anesthesia practice. Order now.

There's still time to register for ASA's Certificate in Business Administration Program
Register now and don't miss out on earning CME with the Certificate in Business Administration. Obtain essential business skills to successfully manage the operations and functions of your health care organization or medical practice. Learn the basic concepts of accounting, finance, operations, marketing and business strategy. The program consists of four weekend sessions beginning February 23, 2013. Register now.


This Issues Special Feature

This Month in Anesthesia History

The month of February has been an important one in the history of organized anesthesia in the U.S. The American Society of Anesthetists was founded on February 13, 1936. In a letter from Dr. Paul Wood to Dr. John Lundy at the Mayo Clinic, dated February 14, Wood noted, "I was reminded at the meeting last night which approved the change in title from New York to American Society of Anesthetists..." This letter is in the Collected Papers of John Lundy, Mayo Foundation Archive in Rochester, Minnesota. The current name was approved in April 1945.

- A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
University of Alabama at Birmingham

View a more complete list of anesthesia-related historical events in the month of February.

















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