The coming "gray tsunami" presents great challenges for the U.S. health care system. In the current issue
of the NEWSLETTER
, physician anesthesiologist experts in geriatric care discuss issues ranging from "what's new with the old," to perioperative care of the elderly, to postoperative CNS dysfunction.
Registration is now open for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting, October 12-16, in San Francisco. Join fellow ASA members and peers for an information-packed meeting focused on "Global Partners in Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety." Register now
and guarantee your spot in your preferred sessions.
On June 4, ASA submitted a letter to the editor in response to the New York Times
' article "The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill
." The letter stressed that sedation during colonoscopies must be administered by someone who is trained to monitor the patient at all times and to make critical medical decisions when seconds count. The letter also stated that physician anesthesiologists are uniquely qualified to do this and can prevent costlier complications from occurring.
ASA submitted formal comments to the Senate Finance Committee regarding the committee's effort to develop an alternative Medicare physician payment update mechanism and stated that "acknowledgement and remedy" of the 33 percent problem "must be a precursor to moving forward in any future alternative payment model that is based upon the Medicare anesthesia conversion factor." Read more about ASA's comments
The company model continues to pose a significant problem for practicing anesthesiologists across the country. In the company model, referring physicians or their practices set up a separate anesthesia company that they own. The company contracts with or employs anesthesiologists and/or non-physician anesthesia providers, bills for the anesthesia service and shares in the revenue. The company model (including variations that result in the transfer of anesthesia fees to referring physicians) threatens the independent practice of anesthesiology and poses real legal and financial risks for anesthesiologists. Take the survey now and share with your colleagues
Each month, Anesthesiology
Editor-in-Chief James C. Eisenach, M.D. records a podcast to highlight the most recent issue of the journal. In the June 2013 podcast
, Dr. Eisenach discusses a classic review article on managing novel oral anticoagulants, a case-based discussion on the management of postoperative acute kidney injury and a clinical concept review on positive inotropic agents in myocardia ischemia-reperfusion injury.
The Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI) is now offering a Participant User File (PUF) for contributors to the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The file contains de-identified demographic, procedural and outcome information on up to 8 million cases over the span of three years from more than 100 different sources. Physicians interested in using the data for scholarly research may visit the AQI website and apply
to receive a copy of this research dataset.
The Basic Perioperative TEE course is designed to provide a thorough knowledge base in Basic Perioperative TEE and fulfills the education component of the Extended CME Pathway for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) certification in Basic Perioperative TEE. This course is offered through a partnership between ASA and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. Earn up to 100 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Discover the newest innovations and therapies in anesthesiology while earning up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
™ with ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology
, Volume 40. Learn from leading experts on key topics such as "Emergency Preparedness," "Evidence-Based Multimodal Analgesia for Perioperative Pain Management," plus much more. Learn more and order now
Get nuts-and-bolts advice and resources for setting up and maintaining a safe office-based anesthesia practice. Order now
ASA Grassroots Network
Lifeline to Modern Medicine™
October 12-16, 2013
ASALifeline, May 31, 7:02 a.m. via HootSuite
ASA member William R. Camann, M.D. appeared in a @WCSH6 segment on family-focused C-sections: http://ht.ly/lA2au
Have you considered hosting a "tweet-up" at #ANES2013? Many groups find time at conferences to meet in person the people they've interacted with exclusively on Twitter. Simply designate a time and place to meet, and you can put faces to the Twitter handles you know well.
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