ASAP for December 19, 2012

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ASA grassroots call to action: Ask your lawmaker to prevent cuts to Medicare payment to physicians
ASA urges members to take action and tell their member of Congress and U.S. Senator to pass a "doc-fix" patch to prevent a 26.5 percent cut to Medicare payments and to work to prevent the 2 percent sequestration cut to Medicare physician payments. Take action today.

ASA News

Listen to the ASA and FDA tele-town hall on drug shortages
ASA members can now listen to an archived recording of the successful tele-town hall ASA hosted, which featured senior FDA officials and a robust Q&A series. Listen to the tele-town hall.

House and Senate Democrats set key committee assignments for the 113th Congress
The Senate Democratic Steering Committee released committee assignments for the key health care-related committees: Finance; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). In the House of Representatives, the Democratic Caucus released many of their committee assignments, including assignments for the key health care-related committees: Energy and Commerce; and Ways and Means.  

Give the gift of safer surgery this holiday season
What better gift than a donation to Lifebox? Make a donation on behalf of a family member, friend or colleague and you could help save the precious life of a mother, sister, brother or newborn baby. Join the world movement to improve surgical safety.  

Member blogs about importance of physician-led pain care
ASA member Stanley W. Stead, M.D. authored a guest column on KevinMD.com about the important role of anesthesiologists in treating chronic pain. Dr. Stead also discussed how untrained providers, such as nurse anesthetists, do not have the education and training required to diagnose and treat pain patients.

ASA Events and Products

Early-bird registration ends today for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013
Register by December 19, 2012 to take advantage of the early-bird rate for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013, which will be held January 25-27, 2013 in Las Vegas. Earn up to 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Register today.

Assess your anesthesia expertise with ACE 
MOC IconOrder the newest issue of the ACE Program today and test your current specialty knowledge. ACE is a self-study program covering established knowledge in the field of anesthesiology. It allows you to earn up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ and helps satisfy the Part 2 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment requirement for MOCA®. Learn more.

Participate in the 2012 Refresher Course Lectures on the go
Experience the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting from the comfort of your own home with the newly released 2012 Refresher Course Lecture outlines. Perfect for doing research, brushing up on skills or as a reference for teaching, the RCL outlines can be easily purchased as either a downloadable link or flash drive. Order today.

Need CME for ethics?
Purchase ASA's new clinical ethics decision making online module. Learn how to evaluate and manage ethical issues in a case. Earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Order now.

 

This Issues Special Feature

Anesthesiology calendar note from the Wood Library-Museum

Refrigerant anesthesia with Kelene
Just 109 years ago this month, in December of 1903, Texas surgeon Ernest Mellish opined in the Journal of the American Medical Association that Kelene and other proprietary ethyl chloride products were "dangerous anesthetics." He was referring, of course, to Kelene general anesthetics. In reality, due to its chillingly swift evaporation, ethyl chloride was pioneered as a safe, topical refrigerant anesthetic.  

- George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.

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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


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ASALifeline December 14, 9:49 a.m. via HootSuite
N.J. upholds requirement for presence of # anesthesiologists when nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia: http://ht.ly/g6Nxt.



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