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This Issue's Top Story

ASA advocacy contributes to Anesthesia Conversion Factor increase of nearly 2%
As a result of ASA's advocacy during prior years' processes to recalculate Medicare's practice expense values, the unadjusted Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factor for 2013 increased 1.87 percent to $21.9243. This is the final year of a four-year phase-in that included increases to the practice expense portion of the Anesthesia Conversion Factor in each of the last four years. Read more and review the 2013 locale-specific conversion factors.


ASA News

ASA President-Elect previews anesthesiology in 2013
In a recent Becker's ASC Review article, ASA President-Elect Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. weighed in on several challenges and opportunities anesthesiologists will face in the new year, including drug shortages, the Perioperative Surgical Home™ model of care, scope of practice and Medicare sequestration issues.

Drug shortages of anesthetics in headlines
ASA Vice President for Scientific Affairs Arnold J. Berry, M.D., M.P.H. was quoted in a British Medical Journal article on December 21. Findings from the March 2012 ASA drug shortages survey were included. In the article, Dr. Berry also explained how ASA dealt with the drug shortage of propofol in 2009.


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There's still time to register for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013
Register now for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013, January 25-27, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. This conference will help you get up to speed on new regulations and accreditation requirements to keep your practice in compliance. Register now.

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Experience the 2012 annual meeting with Refresher Course Lecture outlines
Take part in the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting from the comfort of your own home with the 2012 Refresher Course Lecture (RCL) 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.

Start fulfilling MOCA® credits today with SAM-PM
MOC IconKick off the new year by assessing your strengths and weaknesses in pain medicine with the Self-Assessment Module in Pain Medicine (SAM-PM). Developed through a partnership between ASA and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, SAM-PM helps fulfill the self-assessment CME requirement for Part II of MOCA®. Order now.

Learn the latest developments in anesthesiology while earning CME
The Anesthesiology journal CME program features selected journal articles showcasing current developments in the science and clinical practice of anesthesiology. Keep up to date and earn up to 12 CME credits per annual subscription. Subscribe now.


This Issues Special Feature

Anesthesiology calendar note from the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology
Hartford's Monumental Horace Wells

Just 198 years ago this month, Horace Wells was born in Hartford, Vermont. He gained his professional reputation in another town - Hartford, Connecticut. There, in 1844, he volunteered to undergo dental extraction under the first nitrous oxide anesthetic. In 1875, Truman Howe Bartlett finished sculpting the Horace Wells Monument for Bushnell Park, the United States' oldest publicly funded park. - George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.

(Courtesy of the Anesthesiology 2013 Calendar; copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)


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