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Practice Management News Archives


06-30-10: ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., and Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., to PPACA Committees

06-28-10: CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

06-21-10:  ASA Tells CMS to Fix Rural Pass-Through for Anesthesiologists Before Expanding Payments to NAs

06-17-10: Propofol Shortage Update and Resources

06-16-10: ASA Renews Request for Action from OIG on “Company Model”

06-15-10: UPDATED: Important Notice from CMS about your Enrollment Status

06-14-10: RAND Report on Anesthesiology Labor Market 

06-01-10: Hospira and FDA Announce Expansion of Propofol Recall

05-28-10: FTC Delays Enforcement of "Red Flag Rules" again

05-25-10: CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

05-20-10: Templates are now available to help anesthesiologists meet the new CMS Interpretive Guidelines for hospital Conditions of Participation

04-23-10: FDA Hosts Call and Posts New Web Page with Questions and Answers on Propofol Shortage

04-22-10:  Johnson & Johnson Announces FDA Rejection of SEDASYS® Device

04-16-10: ASA Leads Effort to Repeal The Joint Commission’s Definition of Physician

04-15-10: AHRQ adopts Surgical Care Survey including anesthesiologist survey questions

04-14-10: ASA convinces Region D Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) to discontinue its Anesthesia Care Package E&M Services automated review. Payment adjustments for recouped money to be reversed.

03-23-10: CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

03-16-10: Update on Propofol Shortage and Importation of Fresenius Propoven 1% (propofol 1%)

03-16-10: ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

03-05-10: CMS Notice to physicians and providers who have not enrolled or updated their Medicare enrollment since November 2003

02-26-10: FDA Issues Update on Propofol Shortage 

02-17-10: CMS announces problems with Medicare claims crossover to supplemental payers

01-29-10: FDA Update on Anesthesia Drug Shortages

01-19-10: Chronic Pain Essentials for Coders On-Demand Webinar Now Available

01-18-10:  ASA’s Letter to CMS on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

01-15-10: Clarification of PQRI Participation Requirements

01-12-10: UPDATE: CMS issues correction to 2010 Physician Fee Schedule — Includes change to Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factor 

01-11-10: CMS Issues New Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)

01-04-10: ASA Submits Comment Letter to CMS on CY 2010 PFS Final Rule


12-23-09: CMS issues revised interpretive guidelines concerning hospital anesthesia services

12-21-09: Information regarding the holding of claims for services paid under the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

12-15-09: CMS posts transmittal on decision to eliminate use of consult codes (CPT® codes 99241 – 99245 and 99251-99255)

12-15-09:  Reporting new PQRI Measure 193

11-24-09: ASA Clarification of Teaching and Payment Scenarios Under 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

11-18-09: ASA joins other groups in applauding CMS adoption of long-awaited practice expense update

11-18-09: 2010 Annual Participation Enrollment Program Extension

11-17-09:  Twelve organizations band together to preserve coverage of facet injections  

11-17-09: FDA Authorizes Importation of Propofol to Address Shortage

11-13-09: CMS reports results of 2008 Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) 

11-06-09: Additional information about final rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule: key points include full teaching rule implementation, PQRI measures, phase-in of practice expense updates

10-06-09: DEA schedules fospropofol as Schedule IV drug

10-06-09: OIG posts FY 2010 work plan

09-25-09:  CMS issues information about “never events”

09-17-09: ASA continues to work with other specialties in effort to update data used to calculate Practice Expense payments

09-03-09:  Updated Practice Expense Values for Swan-Ganz Catheters

08-31-09: The American Society of Anesthesiologists opposes adoption of Noridian’s proposed non-coverage of CPT Codes 64622, 64623, 64476, 64476

08-11-09: FTC announces delay in enforcing Red Flag Rules

08-06-09: ASA Joins With Other Specialties to Support CMS Proposal to Update Practice Expense Values

07-07-09: ASA seeking survey participants for pain CPT® codes

07-02-09:  ASA wins reconsideration of Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) edits

06-18-09: Medicare Scam Alert

06-12-09: ASA’s comments for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER)

05-11-09: CMS offers step-by-step guide to Physicians Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)04-29-09: ASA receives acknowledgement from OIG regarding request for Special Advisory Bulletin about the “company model”

04-24-09:  Information on FTC "Red Flag Rules"

04-21-09: ASA signs joint letter from Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA) regarding 2010 PQRI

03-09-09:  ASA members encouraged to participate in MGMA 2009 Cost Surveys

03-27-09: OIG releases letter outlining changes to Self-Disclosure Program

03-20-09: ASA requests Special Advisory Bulletin from OIG on “company model”

02-27-09: Resident PM Education 2009 COPM Videos

02-24-09: ASA seeks participants in surveys for pain CPT® codes

02-12-09: Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection, and Management of Respiratory Depression Associated with Neuraxial Opioid Administration

02-09-09: CMS announces update on recovery audit contractors (RACs)

02-04-09: Abstracts from the 2009 Conference on Practice Management

01-26-09: 2009 coding change

01-16-09:  HHS Issues Final ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards Rule

01-15-09: ASA launches Resident PM Section. Here’s an opportunity to learn about issues that affect an anesthesiology practice. Login to ASA Members Only to visit the new Resident PM Education section.

01-02-09:  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a correction notice to the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule  


12-01-08: CMS announces specifications for E-Prescribing Incentive Program

01-24-08: REMINDER: AMA Physician Practice Information Survey

10-15-08: ASA submits comments to CMS regarding transition to Version 5010 and ICD-10

09-23-08: Office of the Inspector General (OIG) posts report, “Medicare Payments for Facet Joint Injection Services

09-18-08: Information available on reporting changes to Medicare enrollment information

09-04-08: Online survey available for participants of the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

07-30-08: HHS waiving retroactive beneficiary cost sharing due to increases in payment under MIPPA

07-21-08: Have you been selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information survey?

07-17-08: New 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Payment Rates

06-19-08: Information on 2007 PQRI Payments and Reports

05-02-08: Have you been selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information survey?

03-25-08: NPI required for all HIPAA Standard Transactions on May 23, 2008

02-07-08: ASA and AMA conducting Physician Practice Information survey

02-06-08: 2008 unadjusted conversion factor: $19.97

01-31-08: Reminder: National Provider Identifier (NPI) implementation date is March 1, 2008

01-29-08: Updated! Anesthesia Conversion Factors Through June 2008


12-27-07: New anesthesiology performance measure proposals for ASA Member review and comment

12-04-07: ASA and AMA Conducting Physician Practice Information survey

10-15-07: The Cost Survey for Anesthesia Practices 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data is available now!

09-20-07: NPI registry and downloadable file now available

08-31-07: AMA Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) is accepting comments on physician performance measures

06-22-07: Worksheets for coding PQRI measures are available now

05-24-07: PQRI Test your billing system with a PQRI code now

05-16-07: Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

04-24-07: CMS releases new information about National Provider Identifier (NPI) implementation

04-24-07: Your Comments Invited on Physician Performance Measure Set for Anesthesiology (Deadline: May 11)

03-20-07: Individual chapters from the 2007 Conference on Practice Management are now available for purchase

03-20-07: Updated document explains payment and reporting policy for fluoroscopic guidance of spinal injections

02-20-07: 2007 ASA Survey of Fees Paid by Commercial Carriers. Please download and return the questionnaire by March 20.

02-02-07: 2007 President Update at Practice Management Conference 21st Century Anesthesiology; Preparing for the Future Paradigm, Mark J. Lema, M.D., Ph.D.

01-19-07: Order MGMA-ASA Cost Survey for Anesthesia Practices: 2006 Report Based on 2005 Data at discounted price for ASA members

01-03-07: CMS releases 2007 Medicare Anesthesia Conversion Factors for Anesthesia Services