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November 08 - 09 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA Quality Meeting 2014

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ASA PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015

June 26 - 28 2015, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Annual Perioperative Surgical Home Summit

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

October 16, 2014

FDA MedWatch - LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira, Inc.: Recall - Potential for Leakage

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FDA MedWatch LifeCare Flexible Intravenous Solutions by Hospira Inc

October 13, 2014

FDA MedWatch - CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators: Class 1 Recall - Power Connection Failure

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FDA MedWatch CareFusion EnVe and ReVel Ventilators

October 13, 2014

FDA MedWatch - ICU Medical ConMed Stat2 Flow Controller: Class 1 Recall - Delivers Higher Flow Rate than Intended

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FDA MedWatch ICU Medical ConMed Stat2 Flow Controller

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April 16, 2014
Medicare releases billing data - anesthesiologists among lowest-ranked specialties for allowed amounts

Last week, CMS released data on services and procedures furnished to Medicare beneficiaries by health care professionals in 2012. A preliminary review by ASA revealed that, when ranked by Medicare allowed amounts, anesthesiology is among the lowest specialties, with interventional pain management ranked ninth. The data also indicated that Medicare payment charges for both nurse anesthetists and physician anesthesiologists totaled 15 percent.

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Advocacy
Wisconsin governor signs physician apology legislation
On April 8, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) signed into law legislation (2013 Wisconsin Act 242) prohibiting the inclusion of a health care provider's apology in a related future lawsuit or administrative hearing. The Wisconsin Society of Anesthesiologists supported this measure (Assembly Bill 120). Congratulations to the Wisconsin members who made this possible!

ASAPAC featured in National Journal
ASAPAC's support of ASA member Val Arkoosh, M.D., who is running for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania's 13th district Democratic primary, was the subject of an article in the National Journal. It cited ASAPAC's support of physician anesthesiologists and other physicians in Congress.

REMINDER: ASA® members invited to take MGMA 2014 Cost Survey – Deadline this Friday!
You can participate in the MGMA 2014 Cost Survey through April 18, 2014. Benefits of participation include complimentary access to the survey results along with a $200 discount on the printed report. To participate, visit data.mgma.org. For questions, email Data Solutions or call (877) 275-6462, ext. 1895.

ASA News

NY Times features Anesthesiology study on opioids
The New York Times featured a study from Anesthesiology in an article on a surge in opioid prescriptions for pregnant women. The study found that more than 14 percent of pregnant women were prescribed opioids for pain at some point during pregnancy.

ASA members publish articles in Outpatient Surgery Magazine and KevinMD
Nina Singh-Radcliff, M.D. shared her personal experience as a patient on the operating table rather than as the physician above it with Outpatient Surgery Magazine. On KevinMD, Susan Curling, M.D. described the benefits of nerve blocks for surgery.

Matthew Weinger, M.D. receives AAMI's Laufman-Greatbatch Award
The Advancing Safety in Medical Technology Foundation presented Matthew Weinger, M.D. with its most prestigious award, honoring him for his significant contribution to the advancement of medical instrumentation, service, patient care and patient safety.
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Don't miss the premier grassroots advocacy conference
Plan to attend the ASA Legislative Conference, May 5-7, 2014, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn how to effectively influence legislative and regulatory leaders both locally and in Washington, D.C. on key issues essential to physician anesthesiologists. Meet with your lawmakers, as Congress will be in session. Register now through your state component society.

ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 – save the date!
It's the premier global educational event of the year for physician anesthesiologists and it's happening October 11-15 in New Orleans. Experience thought-provoking education, inspirational presenters and the opportunity to connect with physician anesthesiologists from across the globe. Learn more at goanesthesiology.org.

Spring into savings
Don't miss out on hot savings on select issues of your favorite ASA coding books like the Relative Value Guide® and CROSSWALK®. Order now and save through May 31, 2014.  

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FAER Mentoring Excellence in Research Award – deadline April 30
Deadline extended to April 30: FAER is accepting nominations for the 2014 FAER Mentoring Excellence in Research Award, which recognizes an outstanding mentor in anesthesiology and the value of mentorship.

Get involved in the Perioperative Surgical Home
ASA has added resources online describing the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH). Learn more.
@ASALifeline: From @NEJM: For frail, high-risk seniors, surgery decisions should be patient-centered, team-based and physician-led. http://ht.ly/vGuoE
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