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Friday, January 07, 2011

ASA Submits Comments on AHRQ Proposed Research

ASA Submits Comments on AHRQ Proposed Research

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Members of Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Announced

Members of Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Announced

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Friday, January 07, 2011

President Obama Vows to Veto PPACA Repeal

President Obama Vows to Veto PPACA Repeal

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Friday, January 07, 2011

Republican Leadership Announces Members of Powerful Health Subcommittees

Republican Leadership Announces Members of Powerful Health Subcommittees

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

CMS Publishes the 2011 Unadjusted Anesthesia Conversion Factor: $21.0515

CMS publishes the 2011 unadjusted anesthesia conversion factor 210515

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

HHS Releases "The Price of Repealing the Affordable Care Act"

HHS Releases The Price of Repealing the Affordable Care Act

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

House Judiciary Chairman Says Medical Malpractice Reform a Top Priority

House Judiciary Chairman Says Medical Malpractice Reform a Top Priority

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New Congress Sworn In

New Congress Sworn In

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Comparing your Medicare RBRVS Payments 2011 to 2010

Comparing your Medicare RBRVS Payments 2011 to 2010

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Monday, January 03, 2011

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding the CY 2011 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

ASA Submits Comments to CMS regarding the CY 2011 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

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Monday, January 03, 2011

House Republicans Set Date for Vote to Repeal PPACA

House Republicans Set Date for Vote to Repeal PPACA

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Monday, January 03, 2011

State Issues Tele-Townhall

State Issues TeleTownhall

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

ASA Submits Letter to DEA Supporting the Scheduling of Propofol

ASA Submits to DEA Supporting the Scheduling of Propofol

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ASA Sends Joint Letter on Health Information Technology

ASA Sends Joint Letter to Health Information Technology Policy Committee

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ASA Sends Joint Letter to The Joint Commission Concerning Medication Management

ASA Sends Joint Letter to The Joint Commission on Medication Management

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Congressional Researchers Question IPAB

Congressional Researchers Question IPAB

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

New Census Data Released: Congressional Districts in Flux

New Census Data Released Congressional Districts in Flux

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Anesthesia Payment Update

Anesthesia Payment Update

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Monday, December 20, 2010

ASA Leadership Advances Interests of Anesthesiologists at White House Patient Safety and ACO Meeting

ASA Leadership Advances Interests of Anesthesiologists at White House Patient Safety and ACO Meeting

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Pennsylvania Enacts Truth and Transparency Legislation

Pennsylvania Enacts Truth and Transparency Legislation

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Tax Cut Extension Bill Passes Congress

Tax Cuts Extension Bill Passes Congress

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Democrat Chairman Stark Releases Report on Republican Plans for Health Care

Democrat Chairman Stark Releases Report on Republican Plans for Health Care

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

President Obama's Signature Averts 25 Percent Physician Payment Cut

President Obama Signs 12-month SGR Fix Averting 25 Percent Physician Payment Cut

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RAC Findings of Potential Note to Anesthesiologists

RAC Findings of Potential Note to Anesthesiologists

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Federal Judge Rules PPACA Unconstitutional

VA Federal Judge Rules PPACA Unconstitutional

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

12-Month SGR Deal Passed by the Senate

The Senate has passed a 12-month fix to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that will stop a 25% cut set to occur January 1.

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

House Passes 12 month SGR Fix

House Passes 12 month SGR Fix

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Thursday, December 09, 2010

President Obama Supports 12-month SGR Fix

President Obama Supports 12 Month SGR Fix

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Congress Releases 2011 Work Calendars

Congress Releases 2011 Work Schedules

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Participation Needed in Important RUC Survey

Participation Needed in Important RUC Survey

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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

ASA Joins With Surgical Community to Oppose OSHA Involvement in Residency Hours Debate

ASA Joins with Surgical Community to Oppose OSHA Involvement in Residency Hours Debate

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Monday, December 06, 2010

ASA Responds to CMS on ACOs

ASA Responds to CMS’ Request for Information Regarding ACOs

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Electronic Health Records Update

Electronic Health Records Update

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Thursday, December 02, 2010

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Issues Report

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Issues Report

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Monday, November 29, 2010

SGR Cut Averted Until December 31

The U.S. House passed the Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

CMS Introduces the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

CMS Introduces the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Senate Passes One-Month SGR Fix; House Yet to Act

Senate Passes 1 Month SGR Fix

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Request for Information from CMS Regarding ACOs

Request for Information from CMS Regarding ACOs

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ASA Joins Surgical Community in Support of Extending Medicare's Participation Deadline

ASA Joins Surgical Community in Support of Extending Medicare's Participation Deadline

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Congress Releases New Reform Law Summary and Timeline

Congress Releases New Reform Law Summary and Timeline

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Incentive Payment Update for 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

The following update was provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding incentive payment updates for 2009 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI).

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

First Anesthesiologist Elected to Congress

Andy Harris, M.D. became the first anesthesiologist ever elected to the United States Congress.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., to the PCORI Methodology Committee

ASA recently nominated Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

NCQA Releases Proposed Standards for ACOs

On October 19, 2010, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released for public comment its proposed accountable care organization (ACO) standards and measures.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New ASA Ad Hoc Committee on ACOs

With the increasing interest in and emphasis on accountable care organizations (ACOs) as a potential model for recognizing savings under Medicare, ASA President Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D. has identified a task force to address this issue in anticipation of a CMS proposed rule prior to year end.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

ASA Advocacy wins Communicator Award

ASA was recently recognized with the Communicator Award of Distinction in the Film/Video - Government Relations category for its political involvement video debuted at the 2009 Celebration of Advocacy.

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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Lawmakers Urge CMS to Hike Anesthesiologists' Payment

Large bipartisan groups of lawmakers in the Senate and the House are urging CMS to increase Medicare payments for anesthesia services, but so far the agency appears to be resisting the pressure, according to stakeholders.

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Monday, October 04, 2010

National Quality Forum Webinar ABCs of Measurement

National Quality Forum Webinar ABCs of Measurement

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Congress Adjourns: November 30th SGR Cut Still Pending

ASA joined sixty-six physician groups in a letter calling on Congress to take action on the looming Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) cuts. On November 30th, Medicare will cut payment rates by 23% and another 6.5% cut will occur January 1, 2011, unless action is taken.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

The 2010 Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS) Results Are Now Available!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has completed the administration of the 2010 MCPSS. The 2010 results reflect the percentage of provider satisfaction as distributed on the new, fully labeled, 5-point scale...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Bipartisan Senate letter urges review of Medicare payments for anesthesiology

ASA applauds the recent Senate letter dated August 23, 2010, to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging a review of Medicare payments for anesthesia services as potentially undervalued or misvalued. In total, 16 U.S. Senators signed the letter.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

A recent report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that Medicare Part B physician payments for transforaminal epidural injections increased nearly 150% from $57 million in 2003 to $141 million in 2007.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Nominates James P. Rathmell M.D. and Richard W. Rosenquist M.D. to Pain Care Committees

ASA recently nominated two of its members to committees that will be examining issues related to pain care. Dr. James P. Rathmell was nominated to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), on behalf of its over 44,000 members, appreciates the opportunity to comment on several of the issues in the proposed rule published in the July 13, 2010, Federal Register.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the “Red Flags Rule”

On August 18, ASA joined 24 other medical specialty groups in filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit originated in May by the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the Medical Society of the District of Columbia against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding the “Red Flags Rule.”

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

In 2005, ASA submitted comments to and testified before the FDA opposing a Citizen Petition (Docket FDA-2005-P-0059) by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) asking that FDA remove the following language ...

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Please complete the ASA and ASCCA Survey on Critical Care Medicine

Critical care medicine is an important part of the practice of anesthesiology. The specialty has its roots in perioperative resuscitation and the support of organ failure, as practiced by anesthesiologists.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Office of Governmental & Legal Affairs (OGLA) is pleased to host its inaugural class of residents for the ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs ...

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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

CMS Announces Educational Series for the Electronic Health Record EHR Incentive Program

ASA members are invited to participate in the recently announced educational programs to learn more about the EHR incentive program, which provides financial incentives in the near-term, and financial penalties beginning in 2015, to encourage the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs Closed Application Notice

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Office of Governmental & Legal Affairs is pleased to host its inaugural class of residents for the ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs beginning this fall in Washington, DC.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

President Obama released a presidential proclamation recognizing today as the 45th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and highlighting the important contributions these programs have made.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CMS and ONC Release Final EHR Rules

On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced two final rules intended to lay the groundwork for the nation’s transition to electronic health records (EHRs).

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new outpatient surgical measure applicable to anesthesiologists to be added to its Hospital Compare website.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

PQRI Provider Call on July 19 at 3 p.m. EDT

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Provider Communications Group will host a national provider conference call on the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) and Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program (eRx).

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Dr Don Berwick to Receive Recess Confirmation as CMS Administrator

President Obama intends to appoint Dr. Donald Berwick as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), via a recess confirmation.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CMS to Review PECOS Enrollment Process

Medicare Working with Ordering and Referring Providers and Suppliers to Streamline Enrollment Process.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed Calendar Year (CY) 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule regulation, outlining proposed changes to policies and payment rates for services to be furnished on or after January 1, 2011

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Friday, June 25, 2010

President Signs 'Doc-Fix' Bill into Law – 21 Percent Cut Halted

Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the “Preservation of Access to Care for Medicare Beneficiaries and Pension Relief Act of 2010.”

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Passage of 'Doc-fix' Reported to Be Imminent

The ASA has learned that later today the U.S. House of Representatives will consider and is likely to pass, H.R. 3962, the free-standing “doc-fix” SGR relief bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Friday, June 18.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

CMS Directs Carriers to Process Claims with the 21 Percent Cut

Immediately following Senate passage of the 6-month “doc fix,” CMS released information informing lawmakers that carriers have been directed to process claims for services provided on June 1 and later with the 21 percent cut.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Update: Cuts in effect – Senate Reported to be Considering Free-Standing Six-Month “Fix” Bill

Since the House and Senate were unable to agree upon legislation that includes an SGR “fix,” a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is now in full effect.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Update: Senate Passes Free-Standing 'Doc Fix' Bill

Moments ago, the U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a free-standing bill that averts the pending 21 percent payment cut and provides physicians a 2.2 percent Medicare update effective June 1 and extending through November 30.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ASA Renews Request for Action from OIG on “Company Model”

ASA has submitted a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) renewing its March 19, 2009, request for a Special Advisory Bulletin regarding the “company model.”

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Monday, June 14, 2010

UPDATE: CMS directs carriers to hold claims through June 17 while Congress debates SGR options

Since Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the 21 percent Medicare payment cut, CMS has directed carriers to hold claims through Thursday, June 17.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Update: Congress Fails to Act - CMS to Begin to Process Claims with 21-percent Cut

Presently, Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the implementation of the current 21 percent cut to Medicare physician payments. As a result, payment cuts will occur.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - SGR Cuts Effective June 1st

As a result of Congress’ failure to act, a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is in effect for services provided on or after June 1. CMS is instructing its contractors to hold claims containing services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the first 10 business days of June as a means of temporarily protecting physicians from the payment cuts.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

SGR cuts to take effect on June 1

With the Senate already adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, legislation to stave off Medicare payment cuts cannot be enacted ...

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ASA Withholds Support for New Medicare Physician Payment Fix

ASA will not support pending Medicare physician payment provisions that are part of H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Currently Working to Avert 21% Cut: Next Steps Forward in SGR Debate Remain Unclear

With the most recent SGR “patch” set to expire May 31, Congressional Democrats have begun to craft legislation to avert the again pending 21% cut in Medicare physician payments.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

ASA Supports New Health Care Provider Transparency Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the United States prepares to add 32 million more patients to the healthcare system through healthcare reform, 11 of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call Today: Urge Your Lawmaker to Co-sign the Anesthesiology Medicare Payment Letter

Four key members of the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking support from their colleagues for a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting a review of the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for anesthesia services.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

President Obama Nominates Physician to Lead CMS

Today, President Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick to be Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services (CMS).

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Friday, April 16, 2010

President Obama signs the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” reinstating 2009 Medicare physician payment rates

Last night, President Obama signed H.R. 4851, the ”Continuing Extension Act of 2010” into law.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CMS Announces Medicare Cuts in Effect Until Such Time as Congress Acts

As a result of Congress’ failure to act on pending Medicare payment legislation, CMS has announced that its contractors have begun to process Medicare claims at the reduced conversion factor rate pursuant to the implementation of the 21% Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment cut.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stop the Medicare Meltdown Sign the petition today

Doctors want to take care of Medicare patients. Congress is forcing doctors to limit the number of Medicare patients we see or to quit taking Medicare patients altogether.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Remarks of Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., ASA President, on Final Enactment of Health Reform Package and ASA Response

The President’s signing on March 30 of H.R. 4872, the “Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010,” also known as the “Reconciliation” piece of the health reform package ...

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Congress fails to prevent April 1 cut in Medicare physician payments

Last evening, the Senate adjourned for a two-week spring recess without voting on a bill that would have extended the current Medicare payment freeze beyond March 31, 2010.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

ASA releases primer on implementation of new health care reform law

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Office of Governmental & Legal Affairs (OGLA) is pleased to host its inaugural class of residents for the ASA Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs ...

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Reconciliation bill passes Senate, sent back to House for final passage

Today, the U.S. Congress completed its work on health system reform by passing H.R. 4872, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.”

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Remarks of ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D. on the Final House Health Reform Votes

Like many physicians around the country, I am concerned and disappointed by the outcome of this evening's House votes on health care reform.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

ASA Joins Surgical Coalition in Opposition to Senate Bill

Today, the ASA joined with a coalition of 22 surgical groups in expressing opposition to H.R. 3590, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Documents for the "Health Care and Education Affordability Act of 2010" released

Documents regarding the much anticipated reconciliation bill have been released. Below please find the actual language of the reconciliation bill ...

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

March 18 Tele-Town Hall

March 18 Tele-Town Hall - Audio recording and Dr. Hannenberg's Remarks.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

ASA Urges “No” Vote on Flawed Reform Process and Flawed Reform Bills

I am writing to inform you that the ASA leadership has concluded that the interests of our medical specialty and patients are best served by continued strong opposition to the Senate reform bill, H.R. 3590 ...

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Update: Health Reform Process in House Announced

The Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives has announced its intentions to seek final votes within the next four to seven days on the Senate health reform bill, H.R. 3590, “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” and the related “correction” or “sidecar” reconciliation bill.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Health Care Reform Update from ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D.

After a year of hearings, debates and votes, it appears that we are rapidly approaching an end to the Congressional health reform debate.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U.S. Senate passes H.R. 4213, potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze

Earlier today, the Senate passed H.R. 4213 which, among other provisions, would extend the current freeze to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula through September 30, 2010.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform

Please find below President Obama’s remark as prepared for delivery in the East Room this afternoon. The remarks are embargoed for delivery ...

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Update: Congress and President Act to Pass “Patch” for Pending 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut

Late last night, the president signed H.R. 4691, the Temporary Extension Act of 2010 into law. This legislation includes a “patch” that temporarily postpones the pending 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut until March 31, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Bipartisan Summit Concludes without Agreement: ASA to Remain Vigilant for Possible “Reconciliation” Strategy

The February 25th bipartisan health care summit concluded without any apparent progress on reaching agreement on a health reform proposal.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Update: Scheduled 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut to be Implemented

As a result of U.S. House and Senate negotiators failing to reach consensus, the pending 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut will be implemented on March 1st.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Important Update: 30-day “patch” possible to prevent March 1st 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut

As of publication time, Congressional leaders have been unable to reach agreement on a proposal to address the pending 21 percent payment cut and the underlying flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Medicare payment update formula

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Action Alert: Medicare payments to be cut by 21 percent next week – Ask your Senators to repeal the SGR

Call your Senators today - even if you have already called! Tell them they must act now to permanently repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR) before a 21 percent pay cut goes into effect next Monday – March 1.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

ASA joins with other members of the surgical community urging the President and Congressional leaders to address the community’s positions on key issues pending in the reform debate

In advance of the February 25th bipartisan health care discussion at the Blair House in Washington, D.C., ASA has joined with other members of the surgical community in urging the President and Congressional leaders to address the community’s positions on key issues pending in the reform debate.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama’s proposal for health care reform unveiled before Feb. 25 health summit

Today, the White House released President Obama’s proposal for health care reform in advance of the bi-partisan health summit to be held this Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Blair House in Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama to hold bipartisan health care meeting on Feb 25

President Obama has invited Congressional leaders from both parties to participate in a discussion about the future of health care reform legislation.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

President Obama releases FY 2011 budget

Earlier today President Obama released his FY 2011 budget proposal, focusing heavily on creating jobs, controlling federal spending and reducing the deficit.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

President Obama renews commitment to health care reform in State of the Union address

President Barack Obama on Wednesday delivered the first State of the Union address of his presidency, focusing heavily on issues related to the economy.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Senate bill to increase debt limit could set the stage for five-year SGR freeze: Provisions fall short of medicine’s goal of true reform

On Thursday the Senate passed H.J. Res. 45, a resolution to raise the federal debt limit.

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ASA Nominates Peggy G. Duke

ASA recently nominated Dr. Peggy G. Duke as the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Executive Committee at-large organizational representative.

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ASA ondemand webinar on Review of Recent Regulatory Rules Now Available

ASA ondemand webinar on Review of Recent Regulatory Rules Now Available

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