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Monday, June 30, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists arrive in Rwanda for teaching program

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO) volunteers arrived in Rwanda today to participate in a teaching program at the two teaching hospitals of the National University of Rwanda in the cities of Kigali and Butare. The volunteers will teach Rwandan physician anesthesiologists, residents and staff about perioperative anesthesia (before, during and after a procedure), including critical care medicine, procedural skills in a new simulation center, and pediatric anesthesia.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® congratulates anesthesiologist assistants on AA Day

On behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®, I congratulate the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants celebrating AA Day on Friday, June 6. This important day recognizes anesthesiologist assistants for their dedication to safe patient care and their valuable role on the Anesthesia Care Team.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

ASA® Applauds Introduction of Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act in House

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) applauds Friday’s introduction of the bipartisan Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-05) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-01).  Many rural areas of the country face challenges in recruiting and retaining physicians to serve rural patients.  This legislation, which is the companion to S. 1444 by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), reforms  Medicare’s rural incentive payment for all types of anesthesia providers and extends rural hospitals’ access to physician anesthesiologists.  Under this legislation, rural hospitals would expand access to physician anesthesiologist services and be able to more readily recruit and retain physician anesthesiologists who may want to serve their rural communities, providing greater access to physician care.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New CMS Designation Lets ASA Docs Use Full Spectrum of Data Registry to Improve Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI’s) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) – one of only 40 entities to achieve this designation. Registry participants will select performance measures aimed at improving patient care and safety, and influencing health care legislation.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ASA® invites health care organizations to apply to its Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) learning collaborative

ASA® invites all health care organizations to apply to participate in its PSH learning collaborative. Applications are being accepted through May 30, 2014. The PSH collaborative of health care organizations will work to improve surgical patients’ care from the moment surgery is planned, through recovery, discharge and the first 30 days post-operatively.

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Monday, April 07, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) selects Premier, Inc. to develop first-of-its-kind Perioperative Surgical Home learning collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced it has chosen Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), a leading health care improvement company, to develop a first-of-its-kind learning collaborative for the ASA’s Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Indiana governor signs anesthesiologist assistant licensure bill

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law Senate Bill 233 yesterday, which authorizes licensure for anesthesiologist assistants. The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) applaud this action, which will make the services of anesthesiologist assistants available to Indiana patients.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

More than 14 percent of pregnant women prescribed opioids, study says

 More than 14 percent of pregnant women were prescribed opioids (narcotics) for pain at some time during their pregnancy, according to a study posted to the online version of Anesthesiology.  Given the surprising rate these medications were prescribed to pregnant women, more research is needed to assess the risk of opioids to unborn babies, the study suggests.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists head to Rwanda: improving health through education

Three members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) and staff at Stanford University School of Medicine depart for Kigali, Rwanda on Friday to take part in a teaching program at the two teaching hospitals of the National University of Rwanda. For four weeks, these ASA members will teach Rwandan physician anesthesiologists, residents and staff about perioperative anesthesia (before, during and after a procedure), including critical care medicine, procedural skills in a new simulation center, and pediatric anesthesia, as part of ASA’s GHO program.

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Monday, February 03, 2014

ASA Responds to The New York Times "Lifestyle Specialty" Label

As physicians committed to patient safety, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is concerned about the misrepresentation of physician anesthesiologists in your article, “Patients’ Costs Skyrocket; Specialists’ Incomes Soar.” You describe our specialty among those that “…are often called lifestyle specialties…and there are few emergencies in these fields.” This could not be further from the truth.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) offers recommendations for using SEDASYS®

ASA issued a guidance document with recommendations on sedation with regard to the integration of computer-assisted personalized sedation (CAPS) devices, including the SEDASYS® System, into medical practices in the safest and most efficient way. The SEDASYS® System has been approved for use by the FDA in the delivery of the drug propofol to healthy adults undergoing sedation for upper (esophageal) and lower (colon) cancer screenings.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Patients suffering from chronic pain should question certain tests and treatments

Not prescribing opioids first or as a long-term therapy for chronic, non-cancer pain and avoiding MRIs, CTs and X-rays for low-back pain are among the tests and treatments identified by ASA that are commonly ordered but not always necessary.   As part of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign, ASA today released its second list of five targeted, evidence-based recommendations that can support conversations between patients and physician anesthesiologists about what care is really necessary.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) invites health care institutions to pilot Perioperative Surgical Home model in learning collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) recently distributed a Request for Proposal (RFP), the initial step in a major initiative to develop a learning collaborative of health care organizations to improve surgical care through the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model. The PSH is an innovative model that will improve patient care and health care delivery, and reduce costs by implementing a seamless continuity of care from the moment surgery is planned, through recovery and discharge from a medical facility and beyond.

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Friday, December 06, 2013

ASA® Statement Regarding the Journal of the American Medical Association December 4 Study

In a study published in the December 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association it was reported that substance abuse among anesthesiology residents is a rare problem, less than one percent, much less than the general population. But any abuse is a serious problem for both the individual and our patients. Read the ASA statement.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The American Society of Anesthesiologists installs Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D., as its new president

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today installed Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D., as its president during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2013™ annual meeting.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Daniel J. Cole, M.D., Elected First Vice President, American Society of Anesthesiologists Executive Committee

SAN FRANCISCO – October 16, 2013 – The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced today the election of Daniel J. Cole, M.D., to First Vice President of the ASA Executive Committee during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2013 annual meeting. Dr. Cole is professor of anesthesiology and vice dean for continuous professional development at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

The American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., with its 2013 Presidential Scholar Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., with its 2013 Presidential Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding career in research. Dr. Kheterpal has successfully combined his medical, business administration, informatics and software development experience to create innovative ways to analyze patient outcomes.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

The American Society of Anesthesiologists bestows its highest honor, Distinguished Service Award, on Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Jeffrey B. Cooper, Ph.D., with its 2012 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions to dramatically advance the safety of anesthesia. The award is the highest honor ASA bestows and is presented annually to a member who has transformed the specialty of anesthesiology.

 

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Monday, October 14, 2013

The American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes James C. Eisenach, M.D., with its 2013 Excellence in Research Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented James C. Eisenach, M.D., with its 2013 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his outstanding research achievements which have had an important impact on the field of anesthesiology. Dr. Eisenach is well known for his research on understanding the mechanisms of pain.

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