ASA launches three-prong strategy in response to Premarket Approval for SEDASYS®
On May 3, 2013, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Premarket Approval for the SEDASYS® system, a computer-assisted personalized sedation system. In response, ASA launched a three-prong strategy, including:
• Establishing an Ad Hoc Committee on SEDASYS® , chaired by Rebecca Twersky, M.D., Chair, Section on Professional Standards, to review the FDA's restrictions for use and conditions of approval for the device. The Committee will also determine whether the FDA addressed ASA's concerns and recommendations raised in our previous formal communications to the FDA regarding the device.
• Arranging a meeting with J&J executives to seek information on FDA conditions of approval, particularly around supervision, training and post-market studies.
• Requesting a meeting with the FDA to explore an enhanced role for ASA with the FDA relative to this device and future devices.
ASA will update members on progress and new developments as they occur.
Additional resources on this topic will be made available to members on ASAHQ.org. To provide input to ASA regarding the device, please email SEDASYS@asahq.org.
Medical direction whistleblower case subject of HHS Office of Inspector General podcast
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General 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" in instances where cases were reported as personally performed instead of medically directed or medically supervised and findings of insufficient documentation of post-operative care. Learn more.
Congressional Republican leaders decline to offer IPAB appointments
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) repeated their opposition to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and officially declined to submit names to the President for individuals to serve on IPAB, explaining that since the "law will give IPAB's 15 unelected, unaccountable individuals the ability to deny seniors access to innovative care, we respectfully decline to recommend appointments."
Congressman Harris and HHS Secretary in dispute over IPAB process
In a recent hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, there was disagreement over IPAB procedures, should board members not be appointed. In a video, Congressman and anesthesiologist Andy P. Harris, M.D. (R-MD) specifically asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius what would happen if the IPAB is never appointed. The Secretary replied that IPAB simply wouldn't exist. Congressman Harris disagreed and cited the law. Read more and watch the exchange at the hearing.
ASA member gives James H. Nicoll Memorial Lecture at IAAS Congress
Beverly Philip, M.D., ASA Committee on Ambulatory Surgical Care member, gave the James H. Nicoll Memorial Lecture at the biennial 10th Congress of the International Association for Ambulatory Surgery (IAAS), held in Budapest, Hungary. Her presentation was titled "The Path of Ambulatory Surgery: Roots, Trees and Stars." Learn more about the IAAS and its Congress.
Just released - 2013 ACE 10A
Test your knowledge of the specialty with the new edition of the Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) program. A self-study CME program, ACE covers established knowledge in the field of a nesthesiology, including subspecialty content tailored to the generalist. Help fulfill the Part 2 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) program. Now with your subscription to the Web version of ACE, you get access to the ACE iPad® app. Order today.
Need a guide for anesthesia values?
ASA's 2014 Relative Value Guide provides the most up-to-date CPT® codes and full descriptors for anesthesia services, including ASA's anesthesia base unit values, and more. This edition includes information on non-anesthesia procedures often performed by anesthesiologists, including pain management services, invasive monitoring and transesophageal echocardiography procedures. Purchase the book or package (book and CD-ROM).
Purchase the Sedation and Analgesia Group On-Demand video
ASA's Sedation and Analgesia by Non-Anesthesiologists Group On-Demand video is designed for organizations interested in training 25 to 100 employees and provides basic knowledge on the safe administration of sedative and analgesic drugs used to establish a moderate level of sedation. Available in the following formats: Group On-Demand Video, Organization Download and DVD. Learn more and order now.
Be the first to order the NEW Self-Assessment Module for Critical Care (SAM-CC)
SAM-CC is an all-new, online self-study tool for the critical care specialist and is now available on the ASA Education Center. Test your knowledge in all areas of critical care medicine, including 100 questions with answers, detailed discussions explaining the rationale for each answer and references for further study. Developed in collaboration with ASA and the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, SAM-CC not only gives you an in-depth review, but also helps fulfill the self-assessment CME requirement for Part 2 of MOCA®. Order now.
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May 31, 2013
Deadline for Medically Challenging Cases
June 4, 2013
Registration for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting opens
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