CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

Chicago — (March 23, 2010) 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently responded to ASA’s January 18, 2010, letter stating ASA’s perspective and concerns with revisions to the hospital interpretive guidelines that impact anesthesia services. The letter provides some additional context and rationale for the changes that may assist members in implementation. ASA plans to continue discussions with CMS on these and other issues.

CMS Response to ASA Letter

ASA Letter to CMS


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.

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