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May 05 - 07 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

2014 ASA Legislative Conference

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

April 18, 2014

Propofol Injectable Emulsion, USP by Hospira: Recall - Visible Particulates

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Propofol Injectable Emulsion USP by Hospira Recall Visible Particulates

April 18, 2014

FDA MedWatch - ARKON Anesthesia Delivery System with Version 2.0 Software by Spacelabs Healthcare: Class I Recall

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FDA MedWatch Class I Recall 4 18 14

March 28, 2014

FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

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FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

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MedPAC Repeats Call for Payment Cuts to Specialty Physicians in its Annual Report to Congress

Friday, March 15, 2013

On March 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its annual report of Medicare payment recommendations to Congress.  Created under the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, MedPAC is considered an independent agency of Congress tasked with advising Congress on Medicare issues. 

The 2013 Annual MedPAC Medicare Payment Policy report repeats a previous controversial recommendation that would repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and replace it with a 10 year legislative update.  This update would consist of payment cuts to specialty physicians, like anesthesiologists, by 5.9 percent for the first three years and then a payment freeze for the remaining seven years.  Payments to primary care specialties would be exempted from these payment cuts and would be instead frozen at their current rate.  ASA is on record strongly opposing this approach to replacing the SGR

MedPAC is comprised of 17 appointed members serving 3-year terms.  Last year, Alice Coombs, M.D., an anesthesiologist and ASA member was appointed as a Commissioner to MedPAC and will serve through 2015. 

Review the 2013 report.
Learn more about MedPAC.

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