CMS Issues Revised Interpretive Guidelines Concerning Hospital Anesthesia Services

Chicago — (December 23, 2009) 

On December 11, 2009, CMS issued final revisions to the hospital interpretive guidelines that pertain to anesthesia services. While ASA is concerned that these changes may not have followed provisions in the Administrative Procedures Act and will address this issue as well as other concerns related to the guideline revisions with CMS, it is important that you understand the key changes and implications. 

ASA Analysis of New Anesthesia Interpretive Guidelines for Hospitals
CMS Revised interpretive guidelines


Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is an educational, research and scientific society with more than 52,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology. ASA is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists evaluate and supervise the medical care of patients before, during and after surgery to provide the highest quality and safest care every patient deserves.

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