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January 23 - 25 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

December 18, 2014

0.9 Percent Sodium Chloride Injection USP in 100 mL MINI-BAG PLUS Container by Baxter: Recall - Particulate Matter

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FDA MedWatch Recall - Particulate Matter

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Respironics California, Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators: Class I Recall - Power Failure May Occur

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FDA MedWatch Respironics California Esprit V1000 and V200 Ventilators Class I Recall

November 21, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter: Recall - Mislabeled

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Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection 10 mEq per 100 mL by Baxter Recall Mislabeled

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Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Posts Report, Medicare Payments for Facet Joint Injection Services

Chicago — (August 23, 2008) 

On September 17, 2008, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report (OEI-05-07-00200) entitled, “Medicare Payments for Facet Joint Injection Services.” The most significant finding stated in the report is that an estimated 63% of facet joint injection services allowed by Medicare in 2006 did not meet Medicare program requirements, which resulted in approximately $96 million in improper payments. Medicare payments for facets have more than doubled between 2003 and 2006. The OIG based these estimates on evaluation of 646 claims for correct coding and medical necessity. The claims error rate for facet injections is much higher than reported for most Medicare services. This report will serve as the topic of the upcoming December Practice Management column.

In the meantime, you can access the full report.

If you have any comments or feedback on the report, please feel free to email Jason Byrd at j.byrd@asawash.org.

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For more information on the field of anesthesiology, visit the American Society of Anesthesiologists online at asahq.org . To learn more about the role physician anesthesiologists play in ensuring patient safety, visit asahq.org/WhenSecondsCount. Like ASA on Facebook , follow ASALifeline on Twitter and follow ASA on LinkedIn .

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