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House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership unveils SGR repeal and replacement legislation

On May 28, Republicans in the House Energy and Commerce Committee unveiled a legislative framework for the repeal and replacement of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. The new system calls on medical organizations to work with the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop "quality measures for competency assessment." ASA is currently reviewing the draft legislative language and remains committed to repealing and replacing the flawed SGR mechanism with a system that more accurately reflects the cost of providing care to Medicare patients. Learn more.

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In response to a recently released Senate report on Health IT, ASA offered formal comments highlighting the importance of maintaining the hardship exemption for anesthesiologists and emphasizing support for Rep. Diane Black's (R-TN) legislation, the Electronic Health Records Improvements Act, which is pending in the House of Representatives. Learn more.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Pharmaceutical Compounding Quality and Accountability Act by a voice vote last week. The act establishes a boundary between traditional pharmacy compounding and a new category of business called "compounding manufacturers." Of particular interest to anesthesiologists, the legislation specifically permits compounding manufacturers to make drugs that are in shortage. Learn more about the bill.

June Anesthesiology studies make headlines
The ASA Journal Press Release Program highlighted two studies from the June issue. The first study found a common pathway to unconsciousness in the brain. The study was featured on and in The Scientist magazine. The second study found electronic anesthesia information management systems (AIMS) can be used to assess blood transfusion requirements. The study was covered on Health Leaders Media, MedPage Today and .
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Secure your housing and travel for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting today

Housing is now open for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting. ASA secured great rates for hotels conveniently located within walking distance of the Moscone Convention Center. Visit for a list of designated hotels that qualify for special discounts. Don't wait - book your stay today!

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 This Issues Special Feature

 Anesthesiology Calendar Note from the Wood Library-Museum

Bachrach's portrait of Paul M. Wood, M.D.
Just 50 years ago this month, Paul Meyer Wood, M.D. (1894-1963), succumbed at his home in Highland Falls, New York, to a massive heart attack while planning his fourth Chicagoland visit to organize the Wood Library-Museum of ASA. Photographer Fabian Bachrach's studios created this oil-over-photograph memorial portrait of Wood for the latter's namesake museum.

- George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H
(Courtesy of the Anesthesiology 2013 Calendar; copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)













































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