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Friday, November 14, 2014

Statement on CMS report regarding Joan Rivers’ death and overall anesthesiology safety

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) President J.P. Abenstein, M.D. released the following statement:

 

“First and foremost, the death of a patient is always a tragic event, and our hearts continue to be with the family of Ms. Joan Rivers.

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 22-page report this week regarding the tragic death of Ms. Rivers. The report stated ‘Based on the review of medical records, documents, policies and procedures and interviews, it was determined that the facility failed to ensure that patient care services are provided in a manner that protects the health and safety of all patients.’

 

Each of the more than 100 million operations and procedures performed on Americans every year involves the administration of anesthesia. The goal of every member of ASA is to give each patient the highest quality and safest care possible. While our goal is to reduce the risk of surgery and anesthesia to zero, we are not there yet.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® installs J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D. as its new president

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today installed J.P. Abenstein, M.S.E.E., M.D., as its president during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, M.D. elected first vice president, American Society of Anesthesiologists® Executive Committee

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) announced today the election of Jeffrey S. Plagenhoef, M.D., to first vice president of the ASA Executive Committee during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® bestows its highest honor, Distinguished Service Award, on John Neeld, M.D.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research which have had an important impact on anesthesiology as a medical specialty. Dr. Kehlet is known for his research and writing in surgical pathophysiology, surgical stress response and the transition from acute to chronic pain, among other topics.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® recognizes Rebecca Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Presidential Scholar Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented Rebecca Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., with its 2014 Presidential Scholar Award in recognition of her outstanding career in research. Dr. Aslakson has successfully erased boundaries, aligned multiple disciplines and demonstrated the leadership role that physician anesthesiologists can take to impact patients, families and other providers within and beyond the perioperative experience.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® bestows its highest honor, Distinguished Service Award, on John Neeld, M.D.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) today presented John Neeld, M.D., with its 2013 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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Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Orleans Run For The Warriors® honors post-9/11 service members

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) will sponsor the Run For The Warriors® 5K Run/Walk at 6 .m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in New Orleans. The race coincides with the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting and marks the fifth consecutive year of ASA sponsorship of the event.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Wartime anesthesia on display at The National WWII Museum

People interested in how medicine was practiced 70 years ago will find World War II-era equipment, manuals and photos illustrating how anesthesia was used on the battlefield and in the operating room (O.R.) during a five-day exhibit this month at The National WWII Museum. The exhibit will run October 10-14.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

ASA Charitable Foundation partners with Teleflex to host Lifebox Challenge at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) today announced an initiative with Teleflex Incorporated (NYSE: TFX), a leading global provider of medical devices for critical care and surgery, to benefit the ASA Charitable Foundation and its Lifebox campaign. The Lifebox photo challenge will be hosted at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.  For every annual meeting attendee who visits the Lifebox photo booth and has his or her picture taken, Teleflex will donate $20 per participant, up to $20,000 total.*

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Supporters host initiatives to benefit Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation at ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014

ASA corporate supporters PharMEDium, Baxter and TeamHealth today announced initiatives to benefit the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) during the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® urges critical conversations about anesthesia between patients and doctors

While anesthesia is safer than ever before, every person scheduled for a procedure or surgery must have a serious conversation with their physician anesthesiologist about their anesthesia care delivery plan ahead of time, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®).

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pain Experts: Don’t make these common mistakes when something hurts

Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth attends ASA® ribbon-cutting ceremony at Schaumburg headquarters

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) was honored by the attendance of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) who congratulated ASA in a speech to attendees at its ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, August 16. The grand-opening event welcomed approximately 175 attendees, including ASA leaders, members, staff and guests to the building for the first time.

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Monday, August 04, 2014

New Schaumburg Headquarters Architecture & Design Backgrounder

In early 2010, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) determined that a new headquarters facility was necessary to fulfill the needs of its physician anesthesiologist members and employees to successfully continue its mission to improve patient care through education and advocacy. The ASA Ad Hoc Committee on Headquarters Building Construction worked with architecture firm Tilton, Kelly + Bell LLC and ASA executive office leadership to design a building that not only provided an extraordinary upgrade to existing staff facilities and services, but offered opportunities for growth for years to come.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists launches national Perioperative Surgical Home learning collaborative

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) today announced the launch of its ASA Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) Learning Collaborative, a national initiative designed to improve the patient experience before, during and after surgery.  More than 40 leading health care organizations from across the country will participate in the collaborative, which will convene for the first time at the ASA’s PSH Learning Collaborative Launch, July 25-26, in Schaumburg, Ill.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) Organizations Receive ASAE’s Power of A Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced its 2014 Power of A Award winners, including two affiliated organizations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). 

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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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