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ASA and FDA tele-town hall on drug shortages: December 5, 10-11 a.m. (EST)
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House considers anesthesiologists' concerns on electronic health records (EHR)
In a busy post-election, lame duck session of Congress, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation held a hearing to examine current government health information technology initiatives and "meaningful use." Separately, Congresswoman Diane Black (R-TN) recently introduced the Electronic Health Records Improvements Act to improve the EHR Incentive Program.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposes rules on market reform, health benefits and wellness
The proposed rule on health insurance market reforms touched on the key issues of guaranteed availability, guaranteed renewability, risk pools and catastrophic plans. The second proposed rule detailed health insurance standards of coverage for essential health benefits, guidelines for the determination of actuarial value for benefits and an application process for accreditation of health plans as well as a timeline for when health plans must be accredited. The third proposed rule centered on the implementation and expansion of employee wellness programs.

ASA member appointed chair of The Joint Commission (TJC)
ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. congratulated ASA member Rebecca Patchin, M.D., who was appointed chair of the Board of Commissioners of TJC, one of the leading accrediting bodies for health care organizations and programs in the United States.

ASA resident receives top award from AMA
ASA resident Brian J. Telesz, M.D. received the top award in the clinical vignette poster category from the American Medical Association (AMA). His research, "Size matters: Low sputum volume may impact the sensitivity of acid-fast smear results," was presented during a research symposium at AMA's Interim Meeting.

ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2013 annual meeting education session submission deadline: December 4
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Save the Date: PBLDs submission site opens December 10
The Committee on Problem-Based Learning Discussions (PBLDs) invites submissions for the 2013 Annual Meeting PBLD program to be held in San Francisco. Submissions in each of the meeting tracks are being solicited and all cases must be submitted online by February 10, 2013.

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