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November 08 - 09 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Quality Meeting 2014

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New research suggests sleep apnea screening before surgery

Scheduled for surgery?  New research suggests that you may want to get screened and treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) before going under the knife.  According to a first-of-its-kind study in the October issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), patients with OSA who are diagnosed and treated for the condition prior to surgery are less likely to develop serious cardiovascular complications such as cardiac arrest or shock.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Submit an abstract for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and earn a chance to win prizes

Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015 and you could win monetary prizes for the first, second and third place posters. Poster presentations should highlight the latest information in the following areas: Research in Perioperative Management, Quality Improvement, Leadership Development, Challenging Cases or Innovative Solutions in Practice Management. Submission deadline is October 31, 2014. Submit now.

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Friday, September 05, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® urges critical conversations about anesthesia between patients and physicians

While anesthesia is safer than ever before, every person scheduled for a procedure or surgery must have a serious conversation with their physician anesthesiologist about their anesthesia care delivery plan ahead of time, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®).

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Pain Experts: Don’t make these common mistakes when something hurts

Managing pain can be tough, whether you’re one of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, or only suffer from the occasional backache or headache. No matter what kind of pain you have, you want to make sure you’re managing it the best way possible.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Studies promoting use of antidepressants for postoperative pain may be premature, review finds

Antidepressants are known to provide effective pain relief for various chronic pain conditions; however, the jury is still out on their use in treating the millions of patients who suffer from acute or chronic pain following surgery.  A first-of-its-kind literature review published in the September issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), suggests although a majority of studies report positive outcomes, there is currently insufficient evidence to support the clinical use of antidepressants for the treatment of postoperative pain.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Opioid users breathe easier with novel drug to treat respiratory depression

People taking prescription opioids to treat moderate to severe pain may be able to breathe a little easier, literally.  A study published in the September issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), found that a new therapeutic drug, GAL-021, may reverse or prevent respiratory depression, or inadequate breathing, in patients taking opioid medication without compromising pain relief or increasing sedation.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth attends ASA® ribbon-cutting ceremony at Schaumburg headquarters

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) was honored by the attendance of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) who congratulated ASA in a speech to attendees at its ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, August 16. The grand-opening event welcomed approximately 175 attendees, including ASA leaders, members, staff and guests to the building for the first time.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Statement on Obstetrical Complications and Maternal Outcomes

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists President John C. Jennings, MD, and American Society of Anesthesiologists® President Jane C.K. Fitch, MD, released the following statement today:
 
“The study published today in Health Affairs regarding variability in obstetrical complications demonstrates the need for constructive efforts to improve care for women and babies across America. Not surprisingly, the study found remarkable levels of variability between low-performing and high-performing hospitals. American women, and their families, deserve better."

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Monday, August 04, 2014

Registration is now open for ASA Quality Meeting

ASA Quality Meeting
November 8-9, 2014
Schaumburg, IL


ASA members, don't miss the ASA Quality Meeting where you will learn strategies for meeting quality mandates and how to use quality management data to improve patient outcomes and performance measurement. Register now.

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Friday, August 01, 2014

2014 SEE Program Volume 30B now available


Just released SEE Volume 30B! Pick up the latest issue of the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program, Volume 30 A & B. Each Volume of SEE includes 100 questions, with 200 questions for the full subscription, providing a great value for participants. 

Stay up-to-date on critical advances affecting the specialty and emerging trends with this comprehensive tool consisting of aggregated content from more than 40 professional medical journals. 

Plus SEE help fulfill the Part 2 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) program. Learn more at see.asahq.org/web/




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) Organizations Receive ASAE’s Power of A Award

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) announced its 2014 Power of A Award winners, including two affiliated organizations of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Ensure coding accuracy with 2015 Relative Value Guide and CROSSWALK editions

2015 Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK® coding resources

Get the most up-to-date CPT® codes and anesthesia values for anesthesia services with 2015 RVG™ & CROSSWALK® coding resources. Avoid denied claims by using the latest anesthesia coding resources developed by the authority in anesthesia - the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Order now.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. discusses the perioperative surgical home model with Modern Healthcare

Better outcomes, lower costs, more-satisfied patients. It's what we all strive for. And it's a goal that continues to elude us. ASA President Jane C.K. Fitch, M.D. discusses the perioperative surgical home model with Modern Healthcare. Read the article.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

New release PPAI: Perioperative Hypotension module

PPAI Perioperative Hypotension

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Learn about Mechanical Ventilation–associated Lung Fibrosis in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Significant Contributor to Poor Outcome with the Journal CME Program.

Learn about Mechanical Ventilation–associated Lung Fibrosis in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: A Significant Contributor to Poor Outcome with the Journal CME Program. Subscribe now.

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

ASA launches a new online course on Operating Room Management Basics

Obtain operating room management skills with new online course
ASA launches a new Operating Room (O.R.) Management Basics online course for residents and anesthesiologists. Learn the basics of effective O.R. management that enhance operational and tactical decisions, improve patient outcomes, increase productivity and reduce costs. Enroll now.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New CMS Designation Lets ASA Docs Use Full Spectrum of Data Registry to Improve Care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI’s) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) – one of only 40 entities to achieve this designation. Registry participants will select performance measures aimed at improving patient care and safety, and influencing health care legislation.

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