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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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