ASAP for December 12, 2012


This Issue's Top Story

Idaho State University Rural Pass-Through survey
The Public Health Program and Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University will be surveying ASA members in January 2013 to investigate what proportion of active and resident ASA membership holders 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-Through. We would appreciate your participation.

ASA News

ASA member addresses regulation of anesthesia in USA Today
On December 10, USA Today reported on the lack of cosmetic surgery laws, particularly related to anesthesia. ASA member Hector Vila, M.D. explained how several states require accreditation for offices intending to use deep sedation or general anesthesia. However, according to Dr. Vila, these laws need to be more strictly enforced.

ASA Events and Products

Fulfill your 2012 CME credits with the SEE Program
MOC IconStay up to date on the latest topics in anesthesia with the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program. Assess your understanding of some of the newest industry issues while also fulfilling CME requirements for MOCA®. Order today.

Don't miss the early-bird rate for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013
Register by December 19, 2012 for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013 and save money with the early-bird discount. This premier event provides up-to-date information about the state of practice management, including business and technology trends, changes in regulations and laws and best practices to effectively manage an anesthesiology practice in today's environment. Register now.

Register now for the Certificate in Business Administration Program
(February 23-24, 2013; June 22-23, 2013; September 21-22, 2013; November 9-10, 2013)
The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, Houston, TX
The Certificate in Business Administration program provides an orientation to the business skills needed to successfully manage the operations and functions of an anesthesiology practice. Earn up to 60 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Register now.

ASA's patient safety opportunities are just a click away
MOC IconASA offers core and elective patient safety content to help fulfill the 20 CME credits required for MOCA® . Fulfill core patient safety content with ASA's Fundamentals of Patient Safety Online CME course. Also take advantage of the variety of patient safety elective offerings such as the Patient Safety Modules and new Patient Safety Highlights 2012 which include sessions selected from the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting. Learn more.




















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December 19, 2012
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013 early-bird registration deadline

December 31, 2012
ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2012 annual meeting CME credit deadline

January 15, 2013 
ASA committee nomination deadline


ASALifeline December 5, 9:30 a.m. via HootSuite
Today is an exciting day for the specialty of #anesthesiology as ASA proudly selects Paul Pomerantz as its CEO:


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