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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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Monday, June 30, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists arrive in Rwanda for teaching program

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA®) Global Humanitarian Outreach (GHO) volunteers arrived in Rwanda today to participate in a teaching program at the two teaching hospitals of the National University of Rwanda in the cities of Kigali and Butare. The volunteers will teach Rwandan physician anesthesiologists, residents and staff about perioperative anesthesia (before, during and after a procedure), including critical care medicine, procedural skills in a new simulation center, and pediatric anesthesia.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Participate in the ASA Practice Survey

ASA and AQI need your  help to understanding the transformative changes occurring in healthcare delivery systems. Please take a moment to complete this short survey that will help ensure ASA and AQI have the data needed to shape the evolving delivery models.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Researchers identify new compound to treat depression-Fast-acting ketamine by-product – may be future therapy for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

There is new hope for people suffering from depression.  Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine (HNK), that may treat symptoms of depression just as effectively and rapidly as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects associated with the psychoactive drug, according to a study in the July issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®).  Interestingly, use of HNK may also serve as a future therapeutic approach for treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, the authors note.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Surgical patients more likely to follow medication instructions when provided a simple, instruction sheet, study finds

A study in the July issue of Anesthesiology revealed that patients who receive a simple, multicolor, standardized medication instruction sheet before surgery are more likely to comply with their physician’s instructions and experience a significantly shorter post-op stay in recovery. These findings are important because surgical patients often fail to follow their doctor’s medication instructions for preexisting conditions such as diabetes and hypertension on the day they are having surgery – a costly mistake that can lead to surgery cancellation, complications and longer hospital stays.

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Physician anesthesiologists identify 5 common tests & procedures to avoid-ASA's Choosing Wisely list published in JAMA Internal Medicine

Proving that less really is more, five specific tests or procedures commonly performed in anesthesiology that may not be necessary and, in some cases should be avoided, will be published online June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  The “Top-five” list was created by the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) for inclusion in the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Check out the ASA Fire Sale on select coding books now through July 4, 2014

Save 55% on select issues of the Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK® coding books. Order now and save money through July 4, 2014.

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Friday, June 06, 2014

American Society of Anesthesiologists® congratulates anesthesiologist assistants on AA Day

On behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®, I congratulate the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants celebrating AA Day on Friday, June 6. This important day recognizes anesthesiologist assistants for their dedication to safe patient care and their valuable role on the Anesthesia Care Team.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Registration is now open for the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2014 annual meeting

ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 – Registration is now open!
Register today for the premier event in anesthesiology, the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting, October 11-15 in New Orleans. Experience five days of exceptional anesthesiology-related education and participate in more than 500 sessions, groundbreaking research, and the latest topics and devices in anesthesiology, all in the unique city of New Orleans. It's an EXPERIENCE you won't want to miss. Register now!




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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

ASA® Applauds Introduction of Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act in House

The American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA) applauds Friday’s introduction of the bipartisan Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-05) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-01).  Many rural areas of the country face challenges in recruiting and retaining physicians to serve rural patients.  This legislation, which is the companion to S. 1444 by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), reforms  Medicare’s rural incentive payment for all types of anesthesia providers and extends rural hospitals’ access to physician anesthesiologists.  Under this legislation, rural hospitals would expand access to physician anesthesiologist services and be able to more readily recruit and retain physician anesthesiologists who may want to serve their rural communities, providing greater access to physician care.

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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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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ASA® invites health care organizations to apply to its Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) learning collaborative

ASA® invites all health care organizations to apply to participate in its PSH learning collaborative. Applications are being accepted through May 30, 2014. The PSH collaborative of health care organizations will work to improve surgical patients’ care from the moment surgery is planned, through recovery, discharge and the first 30 days post-operatively.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Serious complications from anesthesia very rare during childbirth, new study finds

Expectant mothers concerned about receiving an epidural, spinal or general anesthesia during childbirth can breathe a little easier.  According to a study published in the June issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), serious complications due to anesthesia during childbirth are very rare, occurring in one out of every 3,000 deliveries.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Surgical safety checklists significantly reduce post-op complications, new review finds

Patients experience fewer postoperative complications when a surgical safety checklist is used by their surgical team, reports the first large-scale review on the subject published in the June issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®). By following a simple checklist, health care providers can minimize the most common postoperative risks such as wound infection and blood loss.

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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Book your ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting housing now

Travel Planners, ASA's official housing partner, is now taking reservations online for meeting attendees. Find great rates and book your housing here.


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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

PPAI Acute Perioperative Pain Management for Abdominal Procedures

PPAI: Acute Perioperative Pain Management for Abdominal Procedures is now available for purchase. Please view the course page for more information: http://education.asahq.org/ppai/apm

This activity requires chart data from at least 20 patients who have undergone one of the following:

• Open abdominal procedure

• Laparoscopic abdominal procedure 

Member price: $220.00, Non-member price: $290.00

Visit the PPAI - Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and complete listing of all available topics.

 

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA’s) Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®) Part 4 is titled Practice Performance Assessment and Improvement (PPAI).

This PPAI course fulfills the case evaluation requirement of Part 4 of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program (MOCA®) of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). Please consult the ABA website, www.ABA.org, for a list of all MOCA® requirements. 





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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New tool helps doctors better predict, prevent deadly respiratory failure after surgery, multicenter study says

A new prediction tool can help doctors better identify patients who are at highest risk for respiratory failure after surgery and therefore prevent the often deadly condition, suggest data from a large multi-center study published in the May issue of Anesthesiology.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

2014 ACE Program Volume 11A now available

Pick up the latest issue of the Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) Program today! The 100 questions in each issue of ACE allow participants to assess areas of strength and weakness in accepted anesthesiology knowledge or to target ongoing education in these areas.

Acquire this essential tool for every practicing anesthesiologist plus help fulfill the Part 2 Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment component of the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA®) program. Learn more at ace.asahq.org/web.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Take advantage of ASA Fire Sale on select coding resources now through May 31, 2014.

Don't miss out on hot savings on select issues of your favorite ASA coding books like the Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK®. Order now and save money through May 31, 2014.

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