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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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