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ASAP for April 17, 2013

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ASA responded to a request for feedback from two congressional committees on an ongoing proposal to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). ASA offered recommendations to the committee for improving the quality measures process, establishing a fair model for baseline pay that acknowledges and remedies anesthesiology's unique 33 percent problem, and for certain changes to existing law that would promote participation in a new system. Read more about the ongoing discussion

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Hear CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, M.D. and Senior FDA Official Captain Valerie Jensen R.Ph. provide insight on health care regulation, the status of drug shortages and more at the 2013 Legislative Conference - "Focus on the Future!" Register now for the 2013 ASA Legislative Conference through your state component society.

The White House released the Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget, which if adopted would trim $1.8 trillion off the deficit over a 10-year timeframe, including $370 billion in cuts to Medicare, and end the sequestration process, including the mandatory 2 percent cut to Medicare physician payments. Public reaction from Republicans suggests it is unlikely the President's budget will be enacted. Read more.

A syndicated article on the importance of understanding anesthesia to help make hospital stays safer was published by more than 1,273 online and 37 print media outlets over the past month. The article emphasized the importance of anesthesia care teams, led by physicians, to ensure the highest quality and safest care during anesthesia.

 

ASA Events and Products

MOC Icon SAM-CC is an all-new online self-study tool for the critical care specialist and is now available on the ASA Education Center. Test your knowledge in all areas of critical care medicine, including 100 questions with answers, detailed discussions explaining the rationale for each answer and references for further study. Developed in collaboration with ASA and the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, SAM-CC not only gives you an in-depth review, but also helps fulfill the self-assessment CME requirement for Part 2 of MOCA®. Order now.

Access popular sessions from last year's meeting from the comfort of your own home or office with 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights. Available in an easy-to-download format, Annual Meeting Highlights can be purchased by session, learning track or as a complete package. This activity has been approved for AMA
PRA Category 1 Credit™. Order today.

 

ASA's new Clinical Ethics Decision-Making Online Module provides you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage ethical issues in a case while earning CME for ethics. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Order now.

ASA offers a vast array of patient education resources on anesthesia, including "Planning Your Childbirth: Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery," "Anesthesia for Ambulatory Surgery," plus much more. Order now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 29 - May 1, 2013
ASA Legislative
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May 31, 2013
Deadline for Medically
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June 4, 2013
Registration for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting opens

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Check out #patient education information on intraoperative awareness under general #anesthesia: http://ht.ly/jVykZ.

 

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