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November 08 - 09 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Quality Meeting 2014

January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

October 16, 2014

FDA MedWatch - LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira, Inc.: Recall - Potential for Leakage

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FDA MedWatch LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira Inc

October 13, 2014

FDA MedWatch - CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators: Class 1 Recall - Power Connection Failure

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FDA MedWatch CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators

October 13, 2014

FDA MedWatch - ICU Medical ConMed Stat2 Flow Controller: Class 1 Recall - Delivers Higher Flow Rate than Intended

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FDA MedWatch ICU Medical ConMed Stat2 Flow Controller

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CMS Announces Update on Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs)

Chicago — (February 9, 2009) 

In October 2008, CMS announced the award of contracts to four national recovery audit contractors, or RACs. Those contract awards were protested and a stop work order was put in place. Consequently, the implementation of the national RAC program was put on hold until the protests could be resolved. The protests were resolved on February 6, 2009. The settlement of the protests means that CMS will now continue with the implementation of the national RAC program.

As mandated by section 302 of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, CMS will implement a permanent and national RAC program by January 1, 2010. The national RAC program is the outgrowth of a successful demonstration program that used RACs to identify Medicare overpayments and underpayments to health care providers and suppliers in California, Florida, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, and Arizona.

The national RACs were selected under a full and open competition process. As announced in October, the new RACs are:

  • Diversified Collection Services, Inc. (DCS) of Livermore, California, in Region A, initially working in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York.
  • CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. of Fairfax, Virginia, in Region B, initially working in Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota.
  • Connolly Consulting Associates, Inc. of Wilton, Connecticut, in Region C, initially working in South Carolina, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • HealthDataInsights, Inc. (HDI) of Las Vegas, Nevada, in Region D, initially working in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Arizona.

As part of the settlement of the protests, the four RACs listed above will contract with subcontractors to supplement their efforts. PRG-Schultz, Inc. will serve as a subcontractor to HDI, DCS and CGI in Regions A, B and D. Viant Payment Systems, Inc. will serve as a subcontractor to Connolly Consulting in Region C. Each subcontractor has negotiated different responsibilities in each region, including some claims review.

With regard to next steps, over the next several months, CMS will begin contacting associations and providers to discuss provider outreach sessions involving the RACs. Providers will not begin receiving correspondence from a RAC until the RAC and CMS have completed the provider outreach.

For additional information on the RAC program, please see the CMS website.

THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS

Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org. To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount. Join the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2014 social conversation today. Like ASA on Facebook, follow ASALifeline on Twitter and use the hashtag #ANES2014.

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