November ASA NEWSLETTER now available
It's critical that anesthesiologists become involved with changes in the health care system that will require assessment of physician performance. The November issue of the ASA NEWSLETTER offers insight into what's happening in outcomes measurement now and what will happen in the near future. Included in the issue are expert analyses of patient and family satisfaction measurement, public versus private reporting, general trends in quality measurement and more.
ASA rebukes CMS rule for jeopardizing patient safety and quality health care
ASA expressed its serious concern regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS)
decision to adopt a new and untested national policy that will allow Medicare funds to be used to pay untrained providers to diagnose and treat chronic pain. The policy jeopardizes patient safety, lowers the quality of health care and increases the risk for fraud and prescription drug abuse.
Support the ASA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund
The ASA Charitable Foundation has established the
ASA Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, supporting the efforts of the American Red Cross and the International Medical Corps, top-rated charitable groups responding to Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. and abroad, providing accommodations, nourishment and medical care to those in need. As an ASA member, you can donate online to help the organizations continue to provide critical care and assistance. Together, we can make a difference.
Congressional report details regulatory oversight of compounding pharmacies
Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released a report, Compounding Pharmacies, Compounding Risk
, stating that the FDA has attempted to rein in activities of compounding pharmacies by issuing warning letters, but the nature of regulatory oversight and gaps in legal authority have led to 23 deaths and at least 86 serious illnesses or injuries in 34 states (not including the most recent outbreak).
Fungal meningitis update - Voluntary recall of unexpired products
Ameridose, LLC, based in Westborough, Mass., is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products in circulation, not based on reports of infection, but out of an abundance of caution. The FDA is aware that the voluntary shutdown of Ameridose and the recall of Ameridose products may affect supplies of certain life-saving drugs for some health care systems.
Ether anesthesia article voted most important in NEJM history
The New England Journal of Medicine
(NEJM) asked its readers to vote for their favorite article over the last two centuries. The readers responded with a resounding favorite. The1846 report from Boston surgeon Henry Jacob Bigelow, "Insensibility during Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation," won the final round of voting against many other significant developments published in the NEJM.
ASA member blogs about physician stress
In a November 6 guest column on KevinMD.com, ASA member Jessica A. Alexander, M.D. wrote about physician stress. Dr. Alexander discussed the warning signs and treatment for physicians who are burned out, including a simple inventory process to determine what elements in your life need to change.
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Brush up your anesthesiology skills with ASA Refresher Courses
ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology
, Volume 40, features 21 peer-reviewed lectures of current clinical interest selected from the ASA Refresher Courses presented at ASA's annual meeting and regional courses. Topics include: Multimodal Analgesia for Perioperative Pain Management; Hematological Issues in Cardiovascular Surgery Patients and more. Order now.
Take advantage of early-bird savings for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013
Register by December 19, 2012
and save money on your registration fees for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013, January 25-27, at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel in Las Vegas. Gain insight from leading experts on current health care reform, legislation and accreditation changes and how they will impact your anesthesiology practice. Earn up to 21.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Register now.
Couldn't make it to the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting?
Experience the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting from the comfort of your own home with the newly released 2012 Refresher Course Lecture outlines. Perfect for doing research, brushing up on skills or as a reference for teaching, the RCL outlines can be easily purchased as either a downloadable link or flash drive. Order today.
Assess your pain medicine knowledge with SAM-PM
Assess your strengths and weaknesses in pain medicine with the new Self-Assessment Module in Pain Medicine (SAM-PM). Developed through a partnership between ASA and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, SAM-PM helps fulfill the self-assessment CME requirement for Part II of MOCA
®. Order now.
Anesthesiology calendar note from the Wood Library-Museum
The Duke Inhaler of C. R. Stephen, an "Extremes-of-Life" Anesthesiologist
Just 70 years ago this month, in November of 1942, McGill medical graduate Dr. Ron Stephen began a 3-month anesthetics course. He would co-design the Stephen-Slater nonrebreathing pediatric valve before moving south to co-invent the Duke Inhaler for trichloroethylene. Self-described as an "extremes of life anesthesiologist," Dr. Stephen would author textbooks in both pediatric and geriatric anesthesia.
- George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.
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The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 CME credit deadline deadline
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89 different countries were represented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2012 annual meeting.
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