Stalled 'fiscal cliff' negotiations threaten attempts to avert Medicare cuts
Progress on the "fiscal cliff" negotiations between the White House and Congress have stalled, increasing the likelihood that the scheduled 29 percent cut to Medicare physician payments will be triggered January 1, 2013. Read more.
ASA offices are open December 26, 27 and 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) with some staff availability. The offices will be closed on December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013. If you need immediate assistance, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our member service representatives at (847) 825-5586. ASA wishes you and your families a happy and safe new year.
CMS issued notice regarding claims payments pending congressional action on SGR
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement indicating its plans should Congress fail to act to prevent cuts to Medicare physician payments that are scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. Read more.
ASA, other medical specialty groups support electronic health records legislation to fix incentive program
ASA joined with 20 other medical and physician specialty groups in a letter commending Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) for the introduction of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Improvements Act (H.R. 6598) in the 112th Congress. The Black legislation, if enacted into law, would ease anesthesiologists' participation in the EHR Incentive Program by making anesthesiologists exempt from some of the criteria required to demonstrate meaningful use. Read more.
New Jersey Appellate Court upholds requirement for presence of anesthesiologists when nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia in hospitals
This month, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, upheld a New Jersey Department of Health regulation that requires anesthesiologists to be present when nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia in hospitals. Read more.
ASA responds to New York Times editorial on non-doctors who provide medical care
Last week, ASA President John M. Zerwas, M.D. submitted a letter to the editor in response to the December 15
New York Times editorial, "When the Doctor is Not Needed." Dr. Zerwas discussed the important role of physicians, particularly anesthesiologists, as Americans continue to age.
Last chance to claim CME credit from the ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2012 annual meeting
Don't forget - December 31, 2012 is the last day to claim your CME credit from this year's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Claim your credit now.
ASA's MOCA suite® is at your service
ASA offers a variety of opportunities to assist you with fulfilling MOCA® requirements. ASA's current offerings serve as essential resources to advance your clinical knowledge and skills as well as help you manage your anesthesia practice. Take a look at the assortment of offerings available to help you fulfill Parts 2 and 4 of MOCA®
2013 coding resources now available
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Purchase the ASA Refresher Courses in Anesthesiology, where you can earn up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
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This month in anesthesia history
December brings some anniversaries important to the history of nitrous oxide. Read all about it from A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
ASA Grassroots Network
Lifeline to Modern Medicine
December 31, 2012
ANESTHESIOLOGYTM 2012 annual meeting CME credit deadline
January 15, 2013
January 25-27, 2013
ASA committee nomination deadline
PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2013
Pre-Conference: Friday, January 25, 2013
Conference: January 25-27, 2013
ASALifeline December 21, 4:00 p.m. via HootSuite
ASA wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
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