Electronic version of March ASA NEWSLETTER now available
This issue of the NEWSLETTER highlights the important role communications plays in our work and personal lives. Included are tips on using social media, best practices for handover communication, and updates on ASA's communications and public relations efforts.
ASA urges issuance of federal fraud alert on the 'company model'
ASA formally urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to issue a special fraud alert regarding the "company model" and to modify existing safe harbors to prevent referring physicians from profiting from their referrals for anesthesia services. Read more about the company model and why ASA has consistently advocated against company model arrangements.
ASA participates in congressional SGR reform discussion tied to quality
ASA recently responded to a request from the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding quality-related measures and clinical improvements as part of the committees' ongoing pursuit of a broader proposal to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). The committees indicated that their proposal to reform and possibly replace the SGR is an evolving process requiring continued solicitation for feedback from physician stakeholders. Learn more.
2013 Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 3-9
As the universally recognized leaders in patient safety, ASA celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week and offers a wide range of resources to help educate the public on the important role anesthesiologists play in physician-led health 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 your 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 stories to ASA at firstname.lastname@example.org today.
Deadline for 2013 membership dues approaching
If you haven't already, please pay your 2013 ASA dues. In order for ASA to remain a viable and productive association, we need your payment by March 31, 2013. You can pay your dues online, return payment with the paper dues statement we recently mailed, or you can call us at (847) 825-5586 and we process payment by phone.
You're invited to a CDC webinar about challenges in the management of opioid-using patients in emergency departments
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is sponsoring a webinar on "Challenges in the Management of Opioid-Using Patients in Emergency Departments." This complimentary webinar will occur on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Read more.
ASA offers bibliography of payment and practice management writing
ASA is pleased to offer a bibliography of payment and practice management writings. This resource will be updated regularly. View the bibliography.
Nominations sought for research awards
ASA and Anesthesiology are currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Excellence in Research Award and 2013 Presidential Scholar Award. The awards recognize individuals for outstanding achievement and careers in the practice of anesthesiology. Nominations are due no later than March 31, 2013 . Award recipients will be recognized at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting.
Be a part of the ANESTHESIOLOGY ™ 2013 annual meeting
Submit your Medically Challenging Case for the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2013 annual meeting - Deadline: May 31, 2013.
Enhance your financial skills and bottom line
ASA's Financial Data online course covers the fundamentals of financial management, medical billing operations, accounts payable, production and payroll, and provides benchmarks to measure operational performance, plus much more. This activity has been approved for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Order now.
Missed the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2012 annual meeting?
Access popular sessions from last year's meeting from the comfort of your own home or office with the 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights. Available in an easy-to-download format, Highlights can be purchased by session, learning track or as a complete package. Order today.
Earn CME for ethics
Learn how to evaluate and manage ethical issues in a case while earning CME for ethics. Earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ with ASA's new Ethics Decision-Making Online Module. Order now.
2013 SEE Program Volume 29A
Stay abreast of emerging issues in anesthesiology with the Self-Education and Evaluation (SEE) Program. SEE is a self-study CME program that extracts relevant, emerging anesthesia topics from more than 40 of today's leading international journals. Earn up to 30 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per issue. Subscribe today!