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ASA's Advocacy Office monitors and engages in advocacy with respect to federal and state legislative, quality and regulatory activities affecting the practive of medicine by the Society's members.

ASA's Advocacy Division based in Washington, D.C. advances the federal and state legislative, and regulatory interests of ASA members. Browse the latest federal legislative and regulatory issues below. Your voice is important to our efforts to shape the federal policy. Please join the ASA Grassroots Network.

Legislative Activity

Congressional Overview

Health Care Reform and Affordable Care Act Debate

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Initiative for Independent Practice for Nurse Anesthetists

Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA)

IPAB Repeal

Rural Pass-Through Legislation

Regulatory Activity

Pain Medicine: ASA advocates for its members on issues related to pain medicine. The resources on this page are designed to inform you about federal legislative and regulatory activities that may impact the practice of pain medicine.  

Drug Shortages: Anesthesiologists face an unprecedented number of drug shortages. ASA works to keep members informed of the current drug shortages and informs appropriate parties on the impact drug shortages are having on patients.

Electronic Health Record: Find out more information on the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Physician Quality Reporting System: The Physician Quality Reporting System's (PQRS), formerly known as the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, goal is to provide a financial incentive to eligible professionals to improve patient care through evidence-based measures and to prepare for future pay-for-performance programs.

Items of Interest

Advocacy Resources: The ASA Committee on Governmental Affairs has developed resources to assist members in advocating on behalf of anesthesiology. These resources include an Advocacy Guide, information on how to host a site visit with a lawmaker and information on how to be an effective advocate to Congress.

Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs: The ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a four-week rotation in Washington, D.C., designed to allow resident physicians to experience the political, legislative and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care.

CMS Supervision Rules for Nurse Anesthetists: This important document outlines the rules governing the provision of anesthesia in different medical settings.

Legislative Conference: The 2017 ASA Legislative Conference will be held from May 15 - May 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C.