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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ASA Withholds Support for New Medicare Physician Payment Fix

ASA will not support pending Medicare physician payment provisions that are part of H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride), Ultracet (tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen): Label Change

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen and FDA notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings section of the prescribing information for tramadol, a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic indicated for the management of moderate to moderately severe chronic pain.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Currently Working to Avert 21% Cut: Next Steps Forward in SGR Debate Remain Unclear

Congressional Democrats have begun to craft legislation to avert the again pending 21% cut in Medicare physician payments.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Impact of Asymptomatic Cardiac Dysfunction on Post-Op Vascular Surgery Outcomes – Possible Implications and Therapy Options

A new study reviews the implications of cardiac problems on postoperative outcomes, exploring preoperative diagnosis and impact of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in vascular surgery patients.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coalition of Medical Societies Supports The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010

Eleven of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

GE Healthcare Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems: Recall

GE and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I Recall of specific lots of the Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call Today: Urge Your Lawmaker to Co-sign the Anesthesiology Medicare Payment Letter

The U.S. House of Representatives is seeking support for a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting a review of the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for anesthesia services.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier (Catalog Number 1570): Recall

FDA and Teleflex Medical notified healthcare professionals of a worldwide voluntary recall affecting certain lot numbers of the Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coviden Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain Shiley™ Tracheostomy Tubes

FDA and Coviden recalled of certain lots of its cuffed ShileyTM tracheostomy tubes and Custom/Specialty tracheostomy tubes.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

FDA Hosts Call and Posts New Web Page with Questions and Answers on Propofol Shortage

On April 23, 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a stakeholder call to provide an update about the ongoing shortage of propofol and other anesthetic drugs.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

ICU Patients With Iron Deficiency More Likely to Require Blood Transfusion

ICU patients with iron deficiency are more likely to require a blood transfusion.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

J&J Announces FDA Rejection of SEDASYS® Device

Johnson & Johnson, parent company of Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc., announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected its application for the SEDASYS® Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator by Physio-Control Inc.

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor Defibrillator by Physio Control Inc

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Oklahoma Legislature Enacts “Oklahoma Interventional Pain Management and Treatment Act”

S.B. 479 makes it unlawful to practice or offer to practice interventional pain management unless such individual is a licensed MD or DO.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

President Obama signs the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” reinstating 2009 Medicare physician payment rates

This legislation includes a reinstating of Medicare physician payment rates as they were on March 31, and postponing the 21 percent cut until May 31, 2010.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CMS Announces Medicare Cuts in Effect Until Such Time as Congress Acts

CMS announces Medicare cuts in effect until such time as Congress acts.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Remarks of Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., ASA President, on Final Enactment of Health Reform Package and ASA Response

With the signing of H.R. 4872 and the earlier enactment of H.R. 3950, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” health reform as we know it is now law.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ASA Commemorates Doctors Day 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists joins communities across the United States today to recognize Doctors Day 2010, a day with a special tie to anesthesiology.

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