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Thank you for making the 2014 Legislative Conference a success – please share your experiences

Last week, more than 500 physician anesthesiologists attended the highly successful ASA® Legislative Conference in D.C. Attendees heard from congressional representatives, political analysts and health policy officials. If you were part of the 2014 conference, please remember to fill out the evaluation form online, and update us about the progress of the congressional visits through our Web form.

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How graceful is ACA’s grace period?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) “90-day grace period” could put health care professionals at risk for providing services without payment. Check out the latest Payment and Practice Management Memo that offers tips on navigating this ACA provision.

NGS announces prepayment review for specific E/M services
National Government Services (NGS) recently announced it will conduct prepayment reviews on claims for higher-level evaluation and management (E/M) codes. The results of these reviews will be a starting point for provider education materials. Requests for documentation will need to be addressed promptly. See ASA’s new memo on prepayment review.

ASA News

We need your participation for PSH Learning Collaborative
ASA has partnered with Premier, a leading health care improvement company, to establish a national learning collaborative to develop, pilot and evaluate the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH). Applications to participate in the collaborative are being accepted now through May 30, 2014. To receive more information and an application, please email Celeste Kirschner, PSH Executive, at

Med student is ASA Legislative Conference photo contest winner
We received many great photos from members attending the Legislative Conference last week. But congratulations go to Stephen Shumpert for a photo of the Wisconsin society delegation before meeting with their U.S. Senators to advocate for physician-led care, as well as a second photo of the reopened Washington Monument.

Attend the SPA ‘Intensive Review of Pediatric Anesthesia’ symposium
Be sure to attend this comprehensive Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA) course on May 30-June 1, 2014, in Dallas. Learn more.

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A premier clinical resource – ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology
Volume 41 features 19 peer-reviewed lectures on topics selected from the Refresher Courses presented at the annual meeting and regional courses.

Affordable practice management courses online!
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Anesthesiology Calendar Note from the Wood Library-Museum

How ether separated Thoreau from his senses
Just 163 years ago this month, in May 1851, philosopher Henry David Thoreau was etherized for dental extractions. His diary records, “By taking the ether the other day I was convinced how far asunder a man could be separated from his senses." – George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.

(Courtesy of the Anesthesiology 2014 Calendar; copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)

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