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

ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

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

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

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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RAC Findings of Potential Note to Anesthesiologists

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A CMS Medlearn Matters memo titled Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Demonstration High-Risk Vulnerabilities for Physicians, includes an area where anesthesiologists could be particularly vulnerable. The finding of concern is: Services billed with excessive units. Units billed exceeded the number of units per day based on the CPT code descriptor, reporting instructions in the CPT book, and/or other CMS local or national policy. The improper payments (prior to any appeal) comes to $6,635,558.
 
The ASA Relative Value Guide ® (RVG) includes a base unit value for some non-anesthesia codes. We  hear of instances where that base unit value is listed on  claims submitted for these services. For example, the RVG notes that CPT® code 62311 (single shot lumbar epidural)  has 8 base units.  If  that base unit value is listed in the field for “days or units,” Medicare may interpret this as billing for 8 injections which could attract unwanted attention from a Recovery Audit Contractor.

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