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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.
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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.

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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.
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