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Analytics and Research Services (ARS) NEWS

Thank you for visiting the web pages of ASA Analytics and Research Services (ARS), formerly named the Health Policy Research Department. We hope that the materials on these pages are useful for ASA members and anyone else interested in the field of anesthesia. If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at our new address:


The ASA® 2018 ANESTHESIA ALMANAC is a compilation of perioperative data for the United States. It includes information about surgical volume and anesthesia utilization trends and anesthesia workforce characteristics. Data in the Almanac were compiled from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Sample, CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES), National Residency Match Program (NRMP), State Ambulatory Surgery and Services Databases and State Inpatient Databases, Medicare Physician Compare Dataset, Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary (PSPS) Files and Provider of Service Files, RAND Corporation, ASA Member Services and the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). The ASA Analytics and Research Services Department produces the ANESTHESIA ALMANAC every other year.

Peer-Reviewed Publications Co-Authored by ASA ARS
ASA ARS has co-authored 5 articles recently accepted or published in influential journals:

  1. "Opt out" and Access to Anesthesia Care for Elective and Urgent Surgeries among United States Medicare Beneficiaries (published in March 2017 issue of Anesthesiology)
  2. Cost impact of unexpected disposition after orthopedic ambulatory surgery associated with category of anesthesia provider (published in December 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia)
  3. The effect of "opt-out" regulation on access to surgical care for urgent cases in the United States: Evidence from the National Inpatient Sample (published in June 2016 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia)
  4. In the United States, "Opt-out" states show no increase in access to anesthesia services for Medicare beneficiaries compared to non-"opt-out" states (published in May 2016 issue of A&A Case Reports)
  5. Anesthesiologists are affiliated with many hospitals only reporting anesthesia claims using Modifier QZ for Medicare claims in 2013 (published in April 2016 issue of A&A Case Reports)
  6. No significant association between anesthesia group concentration and private insurer payments in the United States (published in September 2015 issue of Anesthesiology)

Research Grant Funding Opportunities
FAER is accepting applications for its spring 2017 grant funding cycle. ARS encourages ASA members to consider some of these opportunities:

  • Mentored Research Training Grants: Helps physician anesthesiologists develop the skills and preliminary data to become independent investigators ($175,000 over 2 years)
  • Research Fellowship Grant: Provides significant training in research techniques and scientific methods to trainees after the CA-1 year ($75,000 over 1 year)
  • Research in Education Grant: Improves the quality and impact of anesthesiology education research ($100,000 over 2 years) 

To apply and/or learn more about FAER research grants, visit

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) is also accepting applications for a new grant: the OREF Perioperative Surgical and Medical Home Patient Safety Research Grant. This grant encourages proposals in support of high quality research that addresses the perioperative surgical and medical home as they relate to patient safety in orthopaedics. Funding is $135,000 over two years. Apply here before March 14, 2017!

Stay Connected to ASA and ARS
Be sure to follow ASA’s Twitter feed (@ASALifeline) and Tom Miller, Director of Analytics and Research Services (@TRMiller1), and use the hashtag #ASAARS to promote the department’s work.

ARS Background, Mission, and Goals

ASA established a Department of Health Policy Research (HPR) on August 27, 2012. An 18-member physician advisory group, which included 5 members of the Administrative Council, met regularly via conference call to discuss progress on the implementation of the HPR initiative (ASA Strategy 1.5), including key issues, priority of specific action items, and potential new opportunities. HPR was renamed to Analytics and Research Services (ARS) on November 17, 2016 to better reflect its mission and goals.

The mission of ASA ARS (draft statement) is to review, support and conduct analyses and research which provide insights to ASA and its members for the advancement of the specialty of anesthesiology.

To achieve its mission, ARS established the following three major goals (also draft, not yet official):

  • Conduct analyses and research to define the value of physician anesthesiologists and anesthesia subspecialties and to identify ways to advance the practice of anesthesiology throughout the continuum of care.
  • Conduct research as requested by ASA leadership to support the ASA strategic goals and needs of ASA committees and departments.
  • Collaborate with other physician and health care organizations in research and analytics that advance the role of anesthesiologists.

ARS has identified numerous action items and several are underway within each goal. A summary of selected key projects and initiatives is provided here (ASA Members only).
Meet the ARS staff.

View useful resources related to health services and health policy research, including material developed by ARS.

ASA Department of Health Policy Research

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