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April 23, 2014
2014 ASA® Legislative Conference headlined by key lawmakers, will focus on legislative priorities

More than 500 physician anesthesiologists will converge on Washington, D.C. on May 5-7 to learn about finding a permanent SGR fix, promoting perioperative surgical homes, advancements in rural pass-through legislation, the VHA proposed nursing handbook, and more. Attendees will hear from members of Congress, including Reps. Phil Roe, M.D., and Andy Harris, M.D., about legislative priorities for the year and receive an update on the upcoming elections from a leading political analyst. On the last day of the conference, members will head to The Hill for meetings with elected officials. Register now through your state component society.

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Review your 2013 PQRS interim claims feedback data
ASA members can now check their progress toward meeting 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting requirements. The CMS 2013 PQRS Interim Feedback Dashboard is available online. For more information, visit the PQRS website. For additional support or questions, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at Qnetsupport@hcqis.org.

Check out the latest Payment and Practice Management Memos
New memos are now available from the ASA Payment and Practice Management department focusing on Medical Education Debt Management and ICD-10 Readiness Testing. View our growing library of memos.

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WFSA offers in-depth look at physician anesthesiologists’ well-being worldwide
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) has released a publication addressing occupational health concerns of physician anesthesiologists around the globe. Each of the 17 articles is thoroughly researched, concise and topical.

Reminder: Join the When Seconds Count™ webinar to protect physician-led care
Help ASA protect patient-centered, physician-led anesthesia care. If you haven’t already, register now for the ASA webinar on the When Seconds Count™ educational endeavor. Find out how to get involved in critical public policy and advocacy activities. Register today.

Perspective on patient-centered, physician-led care featured in NEJM
Laurent G. Glance, M.D. wrote a perspective published by the New England Journal of Medicine on a new patient-centered, team-based, physician-led approach to deciding whether high-risk senior citizen patients will benefit from surgery. “Patient-centered care means that patients make health care decisions in equal partnership with their physicians,” said Dr. Glance.

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Just released – 2014 ACE 11A
Achieve a deeper understanding of issues related to your everyday practice with the 2014 Anesthesiology Continuing Education (ACE) program. Improve your knowledge with 100 self-assessment questions per issue to help you identify knowledge gaps. Accessible in print or electronic (online and iPad® app) formats. Order today.

Take your practice to the next level
Advance your practice management skills and improve practice efficiencies and patient safety with ASA’s practice management offerings, including: Managing Clinical Risk Through Communication and Teamwork, Basics of Coding and Billing, Clinical Ethics Decision Making, plus much more. Learn more.

Learn about AQI’s newest endeavor – the PAIN registry
This registry allows you to track patients longitudinally in time to document changes in chronic pain and other symptoms in response to ongoing treatment. Learn more or contact AQI today!

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@ASALifeline: ASAPAC Chair Dr. Mueller was on @CBSPhilly yesterday discussing candidate Val Arkoosh. More here: http://t.co/8hhmechYnY

Anesthesiology calendar note from the Wood Library-Museum

Cushing leaves his stamp on anesthesiology

Just 26 years ago this month, in April 1988, Dr. Harvey Cushing was honored posthumously by the U.S. Postal Service’s release of a 45-cent stamp bearing his likeness. Dr. Cushing helped popularize anesthetic records, blood pressure measurement and the precordial stethoscope—three wonderful innovations for intraoperative monitoring of surgical patients.

– George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H.



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