New CMS resources available for multiple Medicare quality reporting programs

The "Reporting Once” tool for 2014 Medicare Quality Reporting Programs can be found on the PQRS website. Members can learn whether they will be incentive eligible for PQRS in 2014, avoid the 2016 PQRS payment adjustment, and satisfy the clinical quality measure component of the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Learn more.

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VA update
On May 16, it was announced that Robert Petzel, the VA's undersecretary for health, resigned amid investigations into several veterans’ deaths in Arizona and allegations of ‘waiting lists’ for health care. ASA® will continue to work with VA officials to promote quality, physician-led health care for our veterans.

Legislative Conference photos online
Photos from the 2014 Legislative Conference and Capitol Hill visits are now available to view and download on the ASA Grassroots Flickr page. Please continue to send ASA your Congressional visit reports and photos from your legislative meetings.

ASA News

Mission to Kenya: A physician’s challenge, success and heartbreak
Donna-Ann Thomas, M.D. shares her experience in Kenya with KevinMD.com readers this month. “Aside from the private hospitals, we were the only health team available in the area…”

Anesthesiology study highlights new tool to prevent deadly respiratory failure
A tool that helps doctors better identify patients at highest risk for respiratory failure after surgery was described in the May issue of Anesthesiology. The study, led by Daryl J. Kor, M.D., Mayo Clinic, garnered media coverage in several outlets, including ScienceDaily and Medical Daily.

Report your adverse events today
The AQI is collecting individual adverse events from anesthesia, pain management and perioperative care. Access a convenient online reporting tool at www.aqiairs.org. An app for Android and iOS devices is also available. Find out more.

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Fulfill your Patient Safety CME for MOCA®
ASA has you covered with ABA-approved Patient Safety CME for MOCA® Part 2. Check out the ASA’s patient safety online courses and start fulfilling your requirements today!

A premier clinical resource – ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology
Volume 41 features 19 peer-reviewed lectures on topics selected from the Refresher Courses presented at the annual meeting and regional courses.

Get the best value in anesthesia coding
Save money with the Coding Combo Package, which contains all the essential anesthesia coding resources in one convenient package. Order now. Also, take advantage of the ASA Fire Sale – save 55 percent on select editions of the Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK® through May 31, 2014.

@ASALifeline: The AQI was approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry. Learn more about PQRS at http://ht.ly/wVdC9

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