Notice: Get a jump on 2015 — Pay your 2015 ASA membership dues now!




January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


February 07 - 08 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Certificate in Business Administration 2015

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit



December 18, 2014

0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter


FDA MedWatch Recall - Particulate Matter

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Respironics California, Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators: Class I Recall - Power Failure May Occur


FDA MedWatch Respironics California Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators Class I Recall

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled


Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter Recall Mislabeled



Add this product to your shopping cart

Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program

SKU: 30701-14CE

... Read more »

Single Copies, Member Price: $360

Medical Direction Whistleblower Case Subject of HHS Office of Inspector General Podcast

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) released a podcast interview with an auditor regarding an anesthesia whistleblower case at the University of California Irvine Medical Center. The interview centered on how the auditors determined whether a medically directing anesthesiologist was "immediately available," on instances where cases were reported as personally performed instead of medically directed or medically supervised and findings of insufficient documentation of post-operative care.  

This case is the precursor to an item in the OIG’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Work Plan to sample other hospitals, specifically reviewing services which may have been billed incorrectly as personally performed. The Irvine case resulted in a settlement of $1.2 million between the hospital and the government.

The ASA House of Delegates approved a Definition of "Immediately Available" When Medically Directing in October 2012. 

Listen to the podcast.
Read the transcript of the podcast.
Review the relevant section of the FY 2013 HHS-OIG Work Plan.
Review the ASA HOD approved Definition of "Immediately Available” When Medically Directing.

« Back to Washington Alerts