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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Project HANDS Needs Anesthesiologists for Several Trips Next Spring

Project HANDS Needs Anesthesiologists for Several Trips Next Spring

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the “Red Flags Rule” Lawsuit

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the Red Flags Rule Lawsuit

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

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Friday, July 30, 2010

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CMS and ONC Release Final EHR Rules

On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced two final rules intended to lay the groundwork for the nation’s transition to electronic health records (EHRs).

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new outpatient surgical measure applicable to anesthesiologists to be added to its Hospital Compare website, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

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Friday, July 09, 2010

FDA ALERT: Air- or Gas-Pressurized Spray Devices: Risk of Air or Gas Embolism

FDA has received reports of air or gas embolism occurring during or immediately after application of hemostatic drug or biological products using air- or gas-pressurized sprayers.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

PQRI Provider Call on July 19 at 3 p.m. EDT

PQRI Provider Call on July 19 at 3 pm EDT

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Donald Berwick, M.D., Sworn in as CMS Administrator

On Monday, July 12, physician and Harvard professor, Donald Berwick, M.D., was sworn in to become the next administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Need to Reinstate Your American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Membership?

Need to Reinstate Your American Society of Anesthesiologists Membership

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Updated Anesthesia Conversion Factors by Locale

Information about the updated Anesthesia Conversion Factors by locale.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

TRICARE Recognizes AAs

TRICARE Recognizes AAsThe Department of Defense today published its final rule authorizing anesthesiologist assistants, supervised by an anesthesiologist, to practice under the TRICARE insurance program.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

LIFEPAK 20 and LIFEPAK 20e External Defibrillator/Monitors by Physio-Control Inc.: Class I Recall Due To Power Supply Failure

A failure of DC (battery) power can result in the inability to deliver defibrillation therapy if the device will not turn on using DC (battery) power and no AC (line) power is available.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/06/moving-forward-protect-seniors-care

CMS to Review PECOS Enrollment Process

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Monday, June 28, 2010

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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Monday, June 28, 2010

45-Day Review and Comment Period for Updated Standards on Resident Work Hours

The ACGME released updated proposed standards on resident work hours, supervision, and professionalism announced in the June 23, 2010 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., and Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., to PPACA Committees

ASA recently nominated two of its members to committees that were established in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Inhaled Hydrogen Sulfide May Substantially Reduce or Prevent Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury

A study appearing in the July 2010 issue of Anesthesiology showed that inhalation of gaseous hydrogen sulfide can reduce or even prevent lung injury in critical care situations that require mechanical ventilation.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

President Signs 'Doc-Fix' Bill into Law – 21 Percent Cut Halted

The bill, passed last night by the U.S. House of Representatives and previously passed by the Senate, will halt the current 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut and provide physicians a 2.2 percent positive payment update for services provided June 1 through November 30, 2010.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Passage of “Doc-fix” Reported to Be Imminent

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider and is likely to pass, H.R. 3962, the free-standing “doc-fix” SGR relief bill.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

ASA Tells CMS to Fix Rural Pass-Through for Anesthesiologists Before Expanding Payments to NAs

The ASA urged CMS to not finalize its proposal to expand the number of hospitals eligible for rural pass-through payments until anesthesiologists are also eligible to receive such payments.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

CMS Directs Carriers to Process Claims with the 21 Percent Cut

CMS Indicated that once a payment fix is enacted into law, they are prepared to make the appropriate changes to Medicare claims processing systems.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Cuts in effect – Senate Reported to be Considering Free-Standing Six-Month “Fix” Bill

Since the House and Senate were unable to agree upon legislation that includes an SGR “fix,” a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is now in full effect.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Senate Passes Free-Standing “Doc Fix” Bill

The Senate passed a free-standing bill that averts the pending 21 percent payment cut and provides physicians a 2.2 percent Medicare update.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Propofol Shortage Update and Resources

The recall of certain lots of propofol coupled with the latest announcement from Teva that it will cease further production of propofol, has led to many questions and concerns regarding propofol supplies.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ASA Renews Request for Action from OIG on Company Model

ASA has submitted a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) renewing its March 19, 2009, request for a Special Advisory Bulletin regarding the “company model.”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UPDATED: Important Notice from CMS about your Enrollment Status

CMS recently released a notice to physicians and non-physician practitioners who are currently enrolled in Medicare but who do not have enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

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Monday, June 14, 2010

CMS directs carriers to hold claims through June 17 while Congress debates SGR options

Since Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the 21 percent Medicare payment cut, CMS has directed carriers to hold claims through Thursday, June 17.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

RAND Report on Anesthesiology Labor Market

 The RAND Corporation finalized and released its An Analysis of the Labor Markets for Anesthesiology.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - CMS to Begin to Process Claims with 21-percent Cut

Presently, Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the implementation of the current 21 percent cut to Medicare physician payments.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Genetic Makeup Influences Susceptibility to Severe Sepsis

In the June Anesthesiology researchers take aim at identifying genetic risk factors for sepsis – a leading cause of death for critically ill patients

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Important Notice from CMS about your Enrollment Status

CMS recently released a notice to physicians and non-physician practitioners who are currently enrolled in Medicare but who do not have enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Bipartisan Congressional letter urges review of Medicare payments for anesthesiology

ASA strongly supported a recent Congressional letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging a review of Medicare payments for anesthesia services as possibly “misvalued.”

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - SGR Cuts Effective June 1st

As a result of Congress’ failure to act, a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is in effect for services provided on or after June 1.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hospira Announces an Expansion of a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of Liposyn™ and Propofol That May Contain Particulate Matter

Hospira announced it is voluntarily expanding its March 31, 2010, recall of Propofol and Liposyn to the consumer or user level.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

FTC Delays Enforcement of “Red Flag Rules” again

The Federal Trade Commission has once again delayed the implementation and enforcement of the “Red Flag Rules” intended to protect against identity theft.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

SGR cuts to take effect on June 1

With the Senate already adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, legislation to stave off Medicare payment cuts cannot be enacted

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ASA Withholds Support for New Medicare Physician Payment Fix

ASA will not support pending Medicare physician payment provisions that are part of H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride), Ultracet (tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen): Label Change

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen and FDA notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings section of the prescribing information for tramadol, a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic indicated for the management of moderate to moderately severe chronic pain.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Currently Working to Avert 21% Cut: Next Steps Forward in SGR Debate Remain Unclear

Congressional Democrats have begun to craft legislation to avert the again pending 21% cut in Medicare physician payments.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Impact of Asymptomatic Cardiac Dysfunction on Post-Op Vascular Surgery Outcomes – Possible Implications and Therapy Options

A new study reviews the implications of cardiac problems on postoperative outcomes, exploring preoperative diagnosis and impact of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in vascular surgery patients.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coalition of Medical Societies Supports The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010

Eleven of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

GE Healthcare Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems: Recall

GE and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I Recall of specific lots of the Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call Today: Urge Your Lawmaker to Co-sign the Anesthesiology Medicare Payment Letter

The U.S. House of Representatives is seeking support for a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting a review of the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for anesthesia services.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier (Catalog Number 1570): Recall

FDA and Teleflex Medical notified healthcare professionals of a worldwide voluntary recall affecting certain lot numbers of the Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coviden Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain Shiley™ Tracheostomy Tubes

FDA and Coviden recalled of certain lots of its cuffed ShileyTM tracheostomy tubes and Custom/Specialty tracheostomy tubes.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

FDA Hosts Call and Posts New Web Page with Questions and Answers on Propofol Shortage

On April 23, 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a stakeholder call to provide an update about the ongoing shortage of propofol and other anesthetic drugs.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

ICU Patients With Iron Deficiency More Likely to Require Blood Transfusion

ICU patients with iron deficiency are more likely to require a blood transfusion.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

J&J Announces FDA Rejection of SEDASYS® Device

Johnson & Johnson, parent company of Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc., announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected its application for the SEDASYS® Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator by Physio-Control Inc.

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor Defibrillator by Physio Control Inc

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Oklahoma Legislature Enacts “Oklahoma Interventional Pain Management and Treatment Act”

S.B. 479 makes it unlawful to practice or offer to practice interventional pain management unless such individual is a licensed MD or DO.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

President Obama signs the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” reinstating 2009 Medicare physician payment rates

This legislation includes a reinstating of Medicare physician payment rates as they were on March 31, and postponing the 21 percent cut until May 31, 2010.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CMS Announces Medicare Cuts in Effect Until Such Time as Congress Acts

CMS announces Medicare cuts in effect until such time as Congress acts.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Remarks of Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., ASA President, on Final Enactment of Health Reform Package and ASA Response

With the signing of H.R. 4872 and the earlier enactment of H.R. 3950, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” health reform as we know it is now law.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ASA Commemorates Doctors Day 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists joins communities across the United States today to recognize Doctors Day 2010, a day with a special tie to anesthesiology.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Reconciliation bill passes Senate, sent back to House for final passage

Today, the U.S. Congress completed its work on health system reform by passing H.R. 4872, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.”

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Remarks of ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D. on the Final House Health Reform Votes

Remarks of ASA President Alexander Hannenberg MD on the Final House Health Reform Votes

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Friday, March 19, 2010

ASA Joins Surgical Coalition in Opposition to Senate Bill

ASA Joins Surgical Coalition in Opposition to Senate Bill

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Documents for the "Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010" released

Documents for the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 released

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update on Propofol Shortage and Importation of Fresenius Propoven 1% (propofol 1%)

Update on Propofol Shortage and Importation of Fresenius Propoven

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Update: Health Reform Process in House Announced

Update Health Reform Process in House Announced

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Health Care Reform Update from ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D.

Health Care Reform Update from ASA President Alexander Hannenberg

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U.S. Senate passes H.R. 4213, potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze

US Senate passes HR 4213 potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze

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Friday, March 05, 2010

CMS Notice to physicians and providers who have not enrolled or updated their Medicare enrollment since November 2003

CMS Notice to physicians and providers who have not enrolled or updated their Medicare

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Commentary: What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes?

A commentary on the recent analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and patient outcomes

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Commentary: What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes?

What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform

Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Update: Congress and President Act to Pass “Patch” for Pending 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut

Update Congress and President Act to Pass Patch for Pending 21 percent

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Friday, February 26, 2010

FDA Issues Update on Propofol Shortage

FDA Issues Update on Propofol Shortage

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Update: Scheduled 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut to be Implemented

Update Scheduled 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut to be Implemented

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Important Update: 30-day “patch” possible to prevent March 1st 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut

Important Update 30day patch possible to prevent March 1st 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut

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Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama’s proposal for health care reform unveiled before Feb. 25 health summit

President Obamas proposal for health care reform unveiled before Feb 25 health summit

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CMS announces problems with Medicare claims crossover to supplemental payers

CMS announces problems with Medicare claims crossover to supplemental payers

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama to hold bipartisan health care meeting on Feb. 25

President Obama to hold bipartisan health care meeting on Feb 25

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Friday, January 29, 2010

President Obama renews commitment to health care reform in State of the Union address

President Obama renews commitment to health care reform in State of the Union address

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Senate bill to increase debt limit could set the stage for five-year SGR freeze: Provisions fall short of medicine’s goal of true reform

Senate bill to increase debt limit could set the stage for five year SGR freeze

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

Health Care Reform Update

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Media Highlight Members Doing Medical Relief Work In Haiti

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is proud of our members’ work in Haiti.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities for Anesthesiologists to Support Haiti Earthquake Relief

These organizations have confirmed that they are actively seeking anesthesiologists to go to Haiti.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

ASA Submits Letter to CMS on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

ASA Submits Letter to CMS on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Clarification of PQRI Participation Requirements

Clarification of PQRI Participation Requirements

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tragedy in Haiti: The thoughts of ASA members and Staff Are With Those Suffering in Haiti and Their Loved Ones Around the Globe

Tragedy in Haiti The thoughts of ASA members and Staff Are With Those Suffering in Haiti

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Monday, January 11, 2010

ASA joins coalition opposing unelected and unaccountable new Medicare payment Board

ASA joins coalition opposing unelected and unaccountable new Medicare payment Board

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Monday, January 11, 2010

CMS Issues New Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)

CMS Issues New Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Congressional summary of health reform bills

Congressional summary of health reform bills

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Monday, January 04, 2010

ASA Submits Comment Letter to CMS on CY 2010 PFS Final Rule

ASA Submits Comment Letter to CMS on CY 2010 PFS Final Rule

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CMS Issues Revised Interpretive Guidelines Concerning Hospital Anesthesia Services

CMS issues revised interpretive guidelines concerning hospital anesthesia services

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reporting new PQRI Measure 193

The intent of the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is to reduce the incidence of perioperative hypothermia of which the primary cause is anesthetic-induced impairment of thermoregulatory control.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS releases final rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule: key points include full teaching rule implementation, PQRI measures, phase-in of practice expense updates.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Propofol and Thiopental Supply Information

ASA has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the current supply problems involving the anesthesia induction agents, propofol and thiopental.

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