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MEETINGS / EVENTS

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May 05 - 07 2014, 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

2014 ASA Legislative Conference

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FDA MEDWATCH ALERTS

March 28, 2014

FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

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FDA Update on the Shortage of Normal Saline

March 18, 2014

FDA MedWatch - Merit Medical Systems, Custom Procedural Trays/Kits Containing 1 percent Lidocaine HCl Injection, 10mg/mL: Recall - Particulates Found in Hospira supplied Lidocaine

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Merit Medical Systems Custom Procedural Trays Kits Recall Particulates Found in Hospira Lidocaine

March 18, 2014

McKesson Technologies Anesthesia Care: Recall - Patient Case Data May Not Match Patient Data

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McKesson Technologies Anesthesia Care Recall Patient Case Data May Not Match Patient Data

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ASA Scores Major Victory in Labor Epidural Supervision

CMS recently issued revised Interpretative Guidelines (IGs) to the Hospital Conditions of Participation that contain major victories for ASA’s regulatory lobbying efforts.  These guidelines revise major sections of the December 2009 CMS Hospital Interpretative Guidelines and are effective immediately.

CMS has removed language specifically exempting labor epidurals from the physician supervision requirements.  Hospitals are now required to “establish policies and procedures, based on nationally recognized guidelines, that address whether specific clinical situations involved anesthesia versus analgesia,” as well as, “the minimum qualifications and supervision requirements for each category of practitioner who is permitted to provide analgesia services.”  

When the 2009 IGs were released, ASA developed a comprehensive regulatory lobbying strategy, involving comment letters, meetings and discussions with appropriate CMS officials, with the goal of making substantive changes to the IGs.  ASA’s focus in all of its efforts was consistently on patient safety and quality of care coupled with emphasis on anesthesia as a continuum with no clear boundaries.  The strategy worked.  

ASA will soon release additional updates and information on other positive developments in the interpretive guidelines.