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ASA Certificate in Business Administration 2015

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Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

November 07, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Nellcor Puritan Bennett, 980 Ventilator System: Class I Recall - Software Issue May Stop Ventilator

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FDA MedWatch Nellcor Puritan Bennett 980 Ventilator System Class I Recall

October 25, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Intravia Containers by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter

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FDA MedWatch Intravia Containers by Baxter Recall

October 20, 2014

Lidocaine HCI Injection, USP 10 MG Per ML, 30 ML Single-Dose, Preservative-Free, by Hospira: Recall - Particulate Matter

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FDA Medwatch Alert 10-20-14

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Key Lawmakers Announce Bicameral Bipartisan Deal to Replace SGR

Thursday, February 06, 2014

On February 6, the chairs of the House Ways and Means, House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Finance Committees unveiled  bicameral and bipartisan legislation to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula.

The reform package would provide for a 0.5 percent payment update for 5 years. The package will create a new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that combines the current Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Value-Based Modifier, and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use.  This MIPS system will include bonus and penalties to payments based on a combined composite performance score.  The package also creates incentives for physicians to participate in alternative payment models.

The reform package did not address the anticipated $145 billion cost necessary to finance the  repeal of the SGR and the new program the package creates.  Lawmakers said negotiations on funding or budget "off-sets" are ongoing.

In December of 2013, Congress passed a 3 month SGR "patch" that includes a positive 0.5 percent payment update intended to provide lawmakers with more time to consider the pending SGR reform legislation.  This patch avoided the nearly twenty-four percent SGR cut scheduled to take effect  January 1, 2014, but it expires on March 31, 2014.

ASA is currently reviewing the new payment proposal and its impact on anesthesiologists' practices.

 

Review the Committees’ Section-by-Section of the SGR Reform Package.  
Review the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Statement on the SGR Agreement.
Review the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s One Pager on the SGR Agreement.
Review the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Compilation of Action Taken on SGR this Congress.
Review the House Ways & Means Committee’s Statement on the SGR Agreement.
Review the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means Committees’ One Pager on the SGR Agreement.
Review the Senate Finance Committee’s Statement on the SGR Agreement.
Learn more about ASA’s Recent Advocacy on SGR.

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