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ASAP for February 20, 2013


This Issue's Top Story

Take grassroots action today and voice opposition to the 'company model'
ASA asks members to contact the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General to issue a special fraud alert regarding the "company model." ASA has serious concerns about the impact of the "company model," in which referring physicians, who typically also own the facility where surgical procedures are performed, form a separate anesthesia company in order to share in anesthesia revenue. Read more and take action today!


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The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting Medically Challenging Case submission open
February 18-May 31, 2013
Don't miss the opportunity to interact with your colleagues and the challenging cases they have managed in their hospital or practice. This forum allows you to share experiences, teach others how you handled a difficult situation and receive feedback regarding how others might have proceeded under the same circumstances. Make sure to visit this area to help fulfill your CME requirement. Submit yours today.

Participate in the Rural Pass-Through study
Please take a moment to participate in an important Rural Pass-Through study. Medicare's Rural Pass-Through for anesthesia (the Rural Pass-Through) currently excludes anesthesiologists from receiving compensation through its provisions, which almost always compensate anesthesiologists less than nurse anesthetists who perform cases at certain rural critical access hospitals. Participate now.

Los Angeles Times letter calls attention to physician-led care - your involvement needed
On February 15, the Los Angeles Times published a letter to the editor from ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. in response to its February 10 article "State lacks doctors to fill needs." In the letter, Dr. Zerwas supports the belief that non-physician providers are best deployed in physician-led teams. Visit the ASA website to learn how you can protect physician-led care.

President Obama delivers State of the Union, calls for more quality-based reforms to Medicare
On Tuesday, February 12, President Obama delivered his annual State of the Union and touched briefly on health care issues. He referenced a vision for additional Medicare reforms, which would include more quality-based payment reforms, means-testing of Medicare benefits for seniors and reform of subsidies to prescription drug companies. Read more.

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.


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ASA's Certificate in Business Administration Program kicks off in 3 days
There's still time to register for ASA's Certificate in Business Administration Program, which consists of four weekend sessions beginning February 23 at the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in Houston. Learn essential business skills to successfully manage and operate your health care organization or medical practice. Earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Register today.

2013 SEE Program Volume 29A now available
Stay abreast of emerging issues in anesthesiology with the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program. SEE is a self-study CME program that extracts relevant, emerging anesthesia topics from more than 40 of today's leading international journals. Earn up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per issue. Subscribe today!

Obtain the latest guidelines for moderate sedation
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