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Monday, February 14, 2011

Take This Important MGMA Survey

Take This Important MGMA Survey

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Senator Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Help Prevent Drug Shortages

Senator Klobuchar Introduces Legislation to Help Prevent Drug Shortages

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Monday, February 07, 2011

ASAPAC Named America's Largest Physician PAC for Second Year in a Row

ASAPAC Named Americas Largest Physician PAC for Second Year in a Row

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Friday, February 04, 2011

ASA Nominates Robert E. Kettler M.D. to MEDCAC

ASA Nominates Robert E Kettler MD to MEDCAC

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Senate Repeals Piece of Health Reform

Senate Repeals Piece of Health Reform

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Action Alert: Ask Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the New Truth and Transparency Legislation

Action Alert Ask Your Member of Congress to Cosponsor the New Truth and Transparency Legislation

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Senate Rejects Full Health Reform Repeal

The United States Senate has rejected by a procedural vote, a full repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) previously passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 47-51.

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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

ASA Update on Succinylcholine Shortages

ASA Update on Succinylcholine and Other Drug Shortages

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Florida Judge Rules PPACA Unconstitutional

Florida Judge Rules PPACA Unconstitutional

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Friday, January 28, 2011

IPAB Elimination Legislation Introduced

IPAB Elimination Legislation Introduced

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Senate Announces Members of Important Health Committees

Senate Announces Members of Important Health Committees

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ASA Responds to President Obama's State of the Union Speech

ASA Response to President Obamas State of the Union Speech

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Truth and Transparency Legislation Introduced

Truth and Transparency Legislation Introduced

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Medical Liability Reform Legislation Introduced in House

Medical Liability Reform Legislation Introduced in House

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Monday, January 24, 2011

ASA Regulatory Victory: Pre- and Post-Anesthesia Interpretive Guidelines

ASA Regulatory Victory Pre and Post Anesthesia Interpretive Guidelines

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Monday, January 24, 2011

House Passes Legislation Calling for Health Reform Alternatives

House Passes Legislation Calling for Health Reform Alternatives

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Friday, January 21, 2011

ASA Scores Major Victory on Labor Epidural Supervision

CMS recently issued revised Interpretative Guidelines (IGs) to the Hospital Conditions of Participation that contain major victories for ASA’s regulatory lobbying efforts.  These guidelines revise major sections of the December 2009 CMS Hospital Interpretative Guidelines and are effective immediately.  

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

ASA Seeks to Educate FTC on the Invaluable Role of Anesthesiologists in Treating Chronic Pain

ASA Seeks to Educate FTC on the Invaluable Role of Anesthesiologists in Treating Chronic Pain

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Democrats Selected for Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

Democrats Selected for Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Democrats Selected for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

Democrats Selected for Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

House Passes Repeal of Health Reform Law

House Passes Repeal of Health Reform Law

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

State Issues Tele-Townhall Summary

State Issues Tele-Townhall Summary

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Public Option Legislation Proposed

Public Option Legislation Proposed

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Monday, January 17, 2011

FDA Limits Acetaminophan in Prescription Combination Products

FDA Limits Acetaminophan in Prescription Combination Products

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Friday, January 14, 2011

House Sets Repeal of PPACA Vote for January 19

House Sets Repeal of PPACA Vote for January 19

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

CMS Issues Reminder on New Timely Claims Filing Deadlines

CMS Issues Reminder on New Timely Claims Filing Deadlines

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Supreme Court Rules Residents Must Pay Payroll Taxes

Supreme Court Rules Residents Must Pay Social Security Taxes

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Monday, January 10, 2011

ASA Comments on Attack of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

ASA Comments on Attack of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

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Monday, January 10, 2011

ASA Letter to FDA on Thiopental Shortage

ASA Letter to FDA on Thiopental Shortage

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Drug Shortages Summit Summary Released

Drug Shortages Summit Summary Released

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

AMA Issues Correction to Nov 2010 CPT Assistant Regarding Fluoroscopy and Interlaminar Epidurals

AMA issues correction to Nov 2010 CPT Assistant regarding fluoroscopy and interlaminar epidurals

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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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