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ASAP for March 13, 2013


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CMS issues guidance for 2 percent mandatory sequestration cut to Medicare payments that will begin April 1, 2013
CMS issued formal guidance for the mandatory 2 percent cut to Medicare physician payments scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2013 as a result of government-wide, across-the-board cuts, or sequestration. Read more.

ASA News

ASAP receives first-place award from PR News in 'Member Communications' category
PR News' Nonprofit Awards recognized ASA for its member communication publication ASAP on March 11, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The weekly e-newsletter was awarded first place based on its excellence in communicating and streamlining valuable information to ASA members.

Calling all residents: April 2 deadline for Resident Research Essay Contest
ASA resident members who have completed original clinical or laboratory research in anesthesiology or related disciplines are encouraged to enter the ASA Resident Research Essay Contest. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™2013 annual meeting in San Francisco. Submit your manuscript to Paul Knight, M.D., Ph.D. at by April 2, 2013.

There is still time to apply for ASA Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs
The Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a four-week rotation in the ASA Advocacy Division in Washington, D.C., which allows resident physicians to experience the political, legislative and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care. Learn more.

Call for patient stories
As a physician, your advanced education and training has never played a more critical role than when your split-second decisions made the difference between life and death. ASA is encouraging all members to share their most powerful stories - stories that humanize the profession. These stories will reinforce the importance of physician-led care to both policymakers and patients. Send your contributions to ASA at

New ASA video on physician-led pain care
As part of Patient Safety Awareness Week, ASA introduced a new video on physician-led pain care. The video highlights the importance of highly trained pain physicians in treating chronic pain due to the strength of the medication and the delicate structure of the spine and nerves upon which pain interventions are performed.

ASA Events and Products

Basic Perioperative TEE Online Course Now Available
The Basic Perioperative TEE course has been designed to provide a thorough knowledge base in Basic Perioperative TEE and fulfills the education component of the Extended CME Pathway for the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) certification in Basic Perioperative TEE. This course is offered through a partnership between ASA and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA). Earn up to 100 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Order now.

Make a difference in ASA's advocacy initiatives - Register today for the ASA Legislative Conference
Register now for the ASA Legislative Conference, "Focus on the Future," April 29 - May 1, 2013 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Effectively influence your representatives to support ASA's legislative, political, grassroots and regulatory agenda by attending the premier grassroots advocacy conference for anesthesiologists. Register now for the ASA Legislative Conference through your state component society.

Avoid claim denials with current coding resources
Purchase the 2013 editions of the Relative Value Guide™ and CROSSWALK® coding resources. Submit compliant claims and obtain proper payment for anesthesia services with ASA's anesthesia coding resources. Order today.

ASA provides multiple ways to fulfill patient safety CME
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Test your pain management knowledge with SAM-PM
MOC IconThink you know everything there is to know about pain medicine? Test your knowledge with ASA's Self-Assessment Module for pain medicine. Developed in collaboration with ASA and the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, SAM-PM not only gives you an in-depth review, but also fulfills the self-assessment CME requirement for Part II of MOCA®. Order now.


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