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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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