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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Project HANDS Needs Anesthesiologists for Several Trips Next Spring

Project HANDS Needs Anesthesiologists for Several Trips Next Spring

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

OIG Finds Inappropriate Medicare Payments for Transforaminal Epidural Injection Services

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

ASA Submits Comments to CMS FY2011 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

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Monday, August 23, 2010

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the “Red Flags Rule” Lawsuit

ASA Files a Motion to Intervene in the Red Flags Rule Lawsuit

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

FDA Upholds ASA Stance on Safe Use of Propofol

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Friday, July 30, 2010

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

President Obama Recognizes the 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CMS and ONC Release Final EHR Rules

On July 13, 2010, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced two final rules intended to lay the groundwork for the nation’s transition to electronic health records (EHRs).

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

On July 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new outpatient surgical measure applicable to anesthesiologists to be added to its Hospital Compare website, www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

CMS Releases New Outpatient Measures for the Hospital Compare Website

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Friday, July 09, 2010

FDA ALERT: Air- or Gas-Pressurized Spray Devices: Risk of Air or Gas Embolism

FDA has received reports of air or gas embolism occurring during or immediately after application of hemostatic drug or biological products using air- or gas-pressurized sprayers.

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Thursday, July 08, 2010

PQRI Provider Call on July 19 at 3 p.m. EDT

PQRI Provider Call on July 19 at 3 pm EDT

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Donald Berwick, M.D., Sworn in as CMS Administrator

On Monday, July 12, physician and Harvard professor, Donald Berwick, M.D., was sworn in to become the next administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Need to Reinstate Your American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Membership?

Need to Reinstate Your American Society of Anesthesiologists Membership

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Updated Anesthesia Conversion Factors by Locale

Information about the updated Anesthesia Conversion Factors by locale.

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

TRICARE Recognizes AAs

TRICARE Recognizes AAsThe Department of Defense today published its final rule authorizing anesthesiologist assistants, supervised by an anesthesiologist, to practice under the TRICARE insurance program.

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Friday, July 02, 2010

LIFEPAK 20 and LIFEPAK 20e External Defibrillator/Monitors by Physio-Control Inc.: Class I Recall Due To Power Supply Failure

A failure of DC (battery) power can result in the inability to deliver defibrillation therapy if the device will not turn on using DC (battery) power and no AC (line) power is available.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/06/moving-forward-protect-seniors-care

CMS to Review PECOS Enrollment Process

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Monday, June 28, 2010

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

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Monday, June 28, 2010

45-Day Review and Comment Period for Updated Standards on Resident Work Hours

The ACGME released updated proposed standards on resident work hours, supervision, and professionalism announced in the June 23, 2010 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

ASA Nominates Lee A. Fleisher, M.D., and Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., M.H.A., to PPACA Committees

ASA recently nominated two of its members to committees that were established in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Inhaled Hydrogen Sulfide May Substantially Reduce or Prevent Ventilator-Induced Lung Injury

A study appearing in the July 2010 issue of Anesthesiology showed that inhalation of gaseous hydrogen sulfide can reduce or even prevent lung injury in critical care situations that require mechanical ventilation.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

President Signs 'Doc-Fix' Bill into Law – 21 Percent Cut Halted

The bill, passed last night by the U.S. House of Representatives and previously passed by the Senate, will halt the current 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut and provide physicians a 2.2 percent positive payment update for services provided June 1 through November 30, 2010.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Passage of “Doc-fix” Reported to Be Imminent

The U.S. House of Representatives will consider and is likely to pass, H.R. 3962, the free-standing “doc-fix” SGR relief bill.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

ASA Tells CMS to Fix Rural Pass-Through for Anesthesiologists Before Expanding Payments to NAs

The ASA urged CMS to not finalize its proposal to expand the number of hospitals eligible for rural pass-through payments until anesthesiologists are also eligible to receive such payments.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

CMS Directs Carriers to Process Claims with the 21 Percent Cut

CMS Indicated that once a payment fix is enacted into law, they are prepared to make the appropriate changes to Medicare claims processing systems.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Cuts in effect – Senate Reported to be Considering Free-Standing Six-Month “Fix” Bill

Since the House and Senate were unable to agree upon legislation that includes an SGR “fix,” a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is now in full effect.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Senate Passes Free-Standing “Doc Fix” Bill

The Senate passed a free-standing bill that averts the pending 21 percent payment cut and provides physicians a 2.2 percent Medicare update.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Propofol Shortage Update and Resources

The recall of certain lots of propofol coupled with the latest announcement from Teva that it will cease further production of propofol, has led to many questions and concerns regarding propofol supplies.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ASA Renews Request for Action from OIG on Company Model

ASA has submitted a letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) renewing its March 19, 2009, request for a Special Advisory Bulletin regarding the “company model.”

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

UPDATED: Important Notice from CMS about your Enrollment Status

CMS recently released a notice to physicians and non-physician practitioners who are currently enrolled in Medicare but who do not have enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

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Monday, June 14, 2010

CMS directs carriers to hold claims through June 17 while Congress debates SGR options

Since Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the 21 percent Medicare payment cut, CMS has directed carriers to hold claims through Thursday, June 17.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

RAND Report on Anesthesiology Labor Market

 The RAND Corporation finalized and released its An Analysis of the Labor Markets for Anesthesiology.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - CMS to Begin to Process Claims with 21-percent Cut

Presently, Congress has failed to pass legislation to avert the implementation of the current 21 percent cut to Medicare physician payments.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Genetic Makeup Influences Susceptibility to Severe Sepsis

In the June Anesthesiology researchers take aim at identifying genetic risk factors for sepsis – a leading cause of death for critically ill patients

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Important Notice from CMS about your Enrollment Status

CMS recently released a notice to physicians and non-physician practitioners who are currently enrolled in Medicare but who do not have enrollment records in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Bipartisan Congressional letter urges review of Medicare payments for anesthesiology

ASA strongly supported a recent Congressional letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging a review of Medicare payments for anesthesia services as possibly “misvalued.”

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Congress Fails to Act - SGR Cuts Effective June 1st

As a result of Congress’ failure to act, a 21 percent Medicare payment cut is in effect for services provided on or after June 1.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hospira Announces an Expansion of a Nationwide Voluntary Recall of Certain Lots of Liposyn™ and Propofol That May Contain Particulate Matter

Hospira announced it is voluntarily expanding its March 31, 2010, recall of Propofol and Liposyn to the consumer or user level.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

FTC Delays Enforcement of “Red Flag Rules” again

The Federal Trade Commission has once again delayed the implementation and enforcement of the “Red Flag Rules” intended to protect against identity theft.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

SGR cuts to take effect on June 1

With the Senate already adjourned for the Memorial Day recess, legislation to stave off Medicare payment cuts cannot be enacted

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ASA Withholds Support for New Medicare Physician Payment Fix

ASA will not support pending Medicare physician payment provisions that are part of H.R. 4213, the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act of 2010.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

CMS Issues Additional Clarification of the Hospital Interpretive Guidelines for Anesthesia Services

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ultram (tramadol hydrochloride), Ultracet (tramadol hydrochloride/acetaminophen): Label Change

Ortho-McNeil-Janssen and FDA notified healthcare professionals of changes to the Warnings section of the prescribing information for tramadol, a centrally acting synthetic opioid analgesic indicated for the management of moderate to moderately severe chronic pain.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Congress Currently Working to Avert 21% Cut: Next Steps Forward in SGR Debate Remain Unclear

Congressional Democrats have begun to craft legislation to avert the again pending 21% cut in Medicare physician payments.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Impact of Asymptomatic Cardiac Dysfunction on Post-Op Vascular Surgery Outcomes – Possible Implications and Therapy Options

A new study reviews the implications of cardiac problems on postoperative outcomes, exploring preoperative diagnosis and impact of asymptomatic left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in vascular surgery patients.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Coalition of Medical Societies Supports The Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010

Eleven of the leading medical societies in the country joined together today to publicly support the introduction of the Healthcare Truth and Transparency Act of 2010.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

GE Healthcare Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems: Recall

GE and FDA notified healthcare professionals of a Class I Recall of specific lots of the Aisys and Avance Anesthesia Systems.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call Today: Urge Your Lawmaker to Co-sign the Anesthesiology Medicare Payment Letter

The U.S. House of Representatives is seeking support for a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting a review of the accuracy of Medicare’s payments for anesthesia services.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier (Catalog Number 1570): Recall

FDA and Teleflex Medical notified healthcare professionals of a worldwide voluntary recall affecting certain lot numbers of the Teleflex Medical AQUA+FLEX Hygroscopic Condenser Humidifier

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Coviden Initiates Voluntary Recall of Certain Shiley™ Tracheostomy Tubes

FDA and Coviden recalled of certain lots of its cuffed ShileyTM tracheostomy tubes and Custom/Specialty tracheostomy tubes.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

FDA Hosts Call and Posts New Web Page with Questions and Answers on Propofol Shortage

On April 23, 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hosted a stakeholder call to provide an update about the ongoing shortage of propofol and other anesthetic drugs.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

ICU Patients With Iron Deficiency More Likely to Require Blood Transfusion

ICU patients with iron deficiency are more likely to require a blood transfusion.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

J&J Announces FDA Rejection of SEDASYS® Device

Johnson & Johnson, parent company of Ethicon Endo Surgery, Inc., announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected its application for the SEDASYS® Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor/Defibrillator by Physio-Control Inc.

LIFEPAK 15 Monitor Defibrillator by Physio Control Inc

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Oklahoma Legislature Enacts “Oklahoma Interventional Pain Management and Treatment Act”

S.B. 479 makes it unlawful to practice or offer to practice interventional pain management unless such individual is a licensed MD or DO.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

President Obama signs the “Continuing Extension Act of 2010” reinstating 2009 Medicare physician payment rates

This legislation includes a reinstating of Medicare physician payment rates as they were on March 31, and postponing the 21 percent cut until May 31, 2010.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

CMS Announces Medicare Cuts in Effect Until Such Time as Congress Acts

CMS announces Medicare cuts in effect until such time as Congress acts.

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Monday, April 05, 2010

Remarks of Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D., ASA President, on Final Enactment of Health Reform Package and ASA Response

With the signing of H.R. 4872 and the earlier enactment of H.R. 3950, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” health reform as we know it is now law.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

The Wall Street Journal Reports Teva Will Stop Making Propofol

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ASA Commemorates Doctors Day 2010

The American Society of Anesthesiologists joins communities across the United States today to recognize Doctors Day 2010, a day with a special tie to anesthesiology.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Reconciliation bill passes Senate, sent back to House for final passage

Today, the U.S. Congress completed its work on health system reform by passing H.R. 4872, the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.”

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

CMS Responds to ASA Letter on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Remarks of ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D. on the Final House Health Reform Votes

Remarks of ASA President Alexander Hannenberg MD on the Final House Health Reform Votes

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Friday, March 19, 2010

ASA Joins Surgical Coalition in Opposition to Senate Bill

ASA Joins Surgical Coalition in Opposition to Senate Bill

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Documents for the "Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010" released

Documents for the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 released

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Update on Propofol Shortage and Importation of Fresenius Propoven 1% (propofol 1%)

Update on Propofol Shortage and Importation of Fresenius Propoven

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Update: Health Reform Process in House Announced

Update Health Reform Process in House Announced

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Health Care Reform Update from ASA President Alexander Hannenberg, M.D.

Health Care Reform Update from ASA President Alexander Hannenberg

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

U.S. Senate passes H.R. 4213, potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze

US Senate passes HR 4213 potentially extending Medicare physician payment freeze

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Friday, March 05, 2010

CMS Notice to physicians and providers who have not enrolled or updated their Medicare enrollment since November 2003

CMS Notice to physicians and providers who have not enrolled or updated their Medicare

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Commentary: What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes?

A commentary on the recent analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and patient outcomes

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Commentary: What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes?

What Conclusions Can We Draw from Recent Analyses of Anesthesia Provider Model and Patient Outcomes

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform

Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Update: Congress and President Act to Pass “Patch” for Pending 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut

Update Congress and President Act to Pass Patch for Pending 21 percent

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Friday, February 26, 2010

FDA Issues Update on Propofol Shortage

FDA Issues Update on Propofol Shortage

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Update: Scheduled 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut to be Implemented

Update Scheduled 21 percent Medicare Physician Payment Cut to be Implemented

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Important Update: 30-day “patch” possible to prevent March 1st 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut

Important Update 30day patch possible to prevent March 1st 21 percent Medicare physician payment cut

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Monday, February 22, 2010

President Obama’s proposal for health care reform unveiled before Feb. 25 health summit

President Obamas proposal for health care reform unveiled before Feb 25 health summit

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CMS announces problems with Medicare claims crossover to supplemental payers

CMS announces problems with Medicare claims crossover to supplemental payers

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama to hold bipartisan health care meeting on Feb. 25

President Obama to hold bipartisan health care meeting on Feb 25

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Friday, January 29, 2010

President Obama renews commitment to health care reform in State of the Union address

President Obama renews commitment to health care reform in State of the Union address

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Senate bill to increase debt limit could set the stage for five-year SGR freeze: Provisions fall short of medicine’s goal of true reform

Senate bill to increase debt limit could set the stage for five year SGR freeze

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Health Care Reform Update

Health Care Reform Update

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Media Highlight Members Doing Medical Relief Work In Haiti

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is proud of our members’ work in Haiti.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Volunteer Opportunities for Anesthesiologists to Support Haiti Earthquake Relief

These organizations have confirmed that they are actively seeking anesthesiologists to go to Haiti.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

ASA Submits Letter to CMS on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

ASA Submits Letter to CMS on Hospital Interpretive Guidelines

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Clarification of PQRI Participation Requirements

Clarification of PQRI Participation Requirements

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Tragedy in Haiti: The thoughts of ASA members and Staff Are With Those Suffering in Haiti and Their Loved Ones Around the Globe

Tragedy in Haiti The thoughts of ASA members and Staff Are With Those Suffering in Haiti

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Monday, January 11, 2010

ASA joins coalition opposing unelected and unaccountable new Medicare payment Board

ASA joins coalition opposing unelected and unaccountable new Medicare payment Board

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Monday, January 11, 2010

CMS Issues New Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs)

CMS Issues New Interpretive Guidelines for Ambulatory Surgical Centers

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Congressional summary of health reform bills

Congressional summary of health reform bills

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Monday, January 04, 2010

ASA Submits Comment Letter to CMS on CY 2010 PFS Final Rule

ASA Submits Comment Letter to CMS on CY 2010 PFS Final Rule

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CMS Issues Revised Interpretive Guidelines Concerning Hospital Anesthesia Services

CMS issues revised interpretive guidelines concerning hospital anesthesia services

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reporting new PQRI Measure 193

The intent of the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is to reduce the incidence of perioperative hypothermia of which the primary cause is anesthetic-induced impairment of thermoregulatory control.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS releases final rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule: key points include full teaching rule implementation, PQRI measures, phase-in of practice expense updates.

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Propofol and Thiopental Supply Information

ASA has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the current supply problems involving the anesthesia induction agents, propofol and thiopental.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

ASA President Alex Hannenberg Provided Context on November 2009 House Vote on Health Bill

ASA President Alex Hannenberg provided context on upcoming House vote on health bill and urged action against Senate legislation.

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Nov. 5, 2009 ASA Health Care Tele-Town Hall

Nov 5 2009 ASA Health Care Tele-Town Hall

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

ASA/FDA Propofol Availability Call

ASA-FDA Propofol Availability Call

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

U.S. Senate Considering Legislation That Includes Massive Cuts to Physician Payments

The U.S. Senate is considering legislation that includes massive cuts to physician payments.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Health Care Reform Update From ASA President Alexander A. Hannenberg, M.D.

Health Care Reform Update From ASA President Alexander A Hannenberg MD

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Corrections to Misinformation About Medical Liability Reform Provisions in H.R. 3962

Misinformation has been circulated regarding a minor medical liability reform provision included in H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Propofol and Thiopental Supply Information

medical liability reform provision, H.R. 3962, Affordable Health Care for America Act

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Friday, October 30, 2009

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

House Democrats Release Health Reform Bill

House Democrats release health reform bill: full House consideration expected soon

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Urge Support for Anesthesiology-Specific Amendment to H.R. 3200

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson has introduced an amendment to H.R. 3200, health reform legislation in the House, that would de-link anesthesia payments from Medicare rates under a public plan.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Senate Finance Committee’s “America’s Healthy Future Act”—Legislative language and Committee report

Senate Finance Committees Americas Healthy Future Act- Legislative language and Committee report

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Message to Members from Dr. Moore About Health Care Reform

Message to Members from Dr Moore About Health Care Reform

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Senate to Consider SGR Reform Legislation

The Senate is considering legislation that would end the application of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula (SGR).

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

DEA Schedules Fospropofol as Schedule IV Drug

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued its final rule for the scheduling of fospropofol, which became effective November 5, 2009.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

OIG Posts FY 2010 Work Plan

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted its work plan online for FY 2010.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Completes Amendment Process, Plans to Vote

The Senate Finance Committee has completed consideration of all amendments to the America’s Healthy Future Act.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Rejects Amendments That Would Create Public Plan

On September 29, 2009, the Senate Finance Committee voted on two amendments to the America’s Healthy Future Act (as modified).

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Friday, September 25, 2009

CMS Issues Information About Never Events

CMS Issues Information About Never Events

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Friday, September 25, 2009

House Reconsidering Public Plan Tied to Medicare

The U.S. House of Representatives is poised to move forward with consideration of a revised version of H.R. 3200, the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

ASA Works With Other Specialties in Effort to Update Data Used to Calculate Practice Expense Payments

The CMS Proposed Rule for the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule includes a redistribution of practice expense payments.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

ASA President Visits Washington D.C., Hosts First ASA Health Care Tele-Town Hall

In anticipation of Congress returning from August Recess next week, ASA President Roger A. Moore visited Washington, D.C., to meet with key players in the health care reform debate.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Audio of ASA Health Care Tele-Town Hall Available Online to ASA Members Only

An audio file of the ASA Health Care Tele-Town Hall, presented by President Roger A. Moore, is available online to ASA Members.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Updated Practice Expense Values for Swan- Ganz Catheters

CMS has issued its October Update to the 2009 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database, including an  increase in the Practice Expense Relative Value Units (PE RVUs) assigned to CPT® code 93503

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

House Legislation and Related Amendments

House Legislation and Related Amendments

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Physicians Invited to Join White House Conference Call

The White House Office of Health Reform invited all physicians to join a live conference call on Aug. 25, at 8:30 p.m. EDT to discuss health care reform.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

CMS Proposes to Cut Values for Pain Services – Submit Comments by Aug. 31

American Society of Anesthesiologists informs members of an element in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the 2010 Physician Fee Schedule which will affect their pain practices.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Attend a Congressional Town Hall Meeting in Your Area

The August Congressional Recess provides prime opportunities for involvement in the health care reform debate. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Congressional Recess Update and Action Alert from ASA President Roger A. Moore, M.D.

Congressional Recess update and action alert from American Society of Anesthesiologists President Roger A. Moore, M.D.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

FTC Announces Delay in Enforcing Red Flag Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it is again delaying enforcement of the Red Flag Rules until November 1, 2009.

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Monday, August 03, 2009

House Committee Votes Friday to De-Link Public Plan From Medicare rates

ASA applauds the House Energy and Commerce Committee for adopting an amended version of H.R. 3200 that allows physicians and hospitals to negotiate payments under the new public plan option.

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Friday, July 31, 2009

Congressional Progressive Caucus Fights to LINK Public Plan to Medicare Payment Rates

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the key health care committees demanding that health reform legislation include a Medicare rate-based public plan.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Health Reform Update: House Reaches Compromise, Plans to Vote in September

ASA has learned that House Democrats have reached a compromise on health care reform legislation.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

California Opts Out of Federal Physician Supervision Requirement

Governor Schwarzenegger submitted a letter to CMS requesting exemption from the federal requirement that anesthesia be administered by a nurse anesthetist who is supervised by a physician.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Special Report on Health Reform

President Obama has set forth an aggressive agenda for health care reform, reiterating that he would like to sign a bill by October.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New U.S. House Health Reform Bill Extends Unacceptably Low Medicare Payment Rates

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives formally unveiled their health care reform proposal, H.R. 3200, the America's Affordable Health Choices Act, July 14, 2009.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senate HELP Committee Approves Health Reform Bill

Senate HELP Committee Approves Health Reform Bill

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Friday, July 10, 2009

ASA Submits Comments to FDA on Opioid REMS

ASA Submits Comments to FDA on Opioid REMS

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Submit comments to CMS about proposed rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

Submit comments to CMS about proposed rule for 2010 Physician Fee Schedule

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

ASA Wins Reconsideration of Correct Coding Initiative (CCI) Edits

the American Society of Anesthesiologists submitted a request for revision or removal of certain CCI edits implemented in Version 15.1  (effective April 1, 2009) including changes that link pain management procedures with placement of invasive monitoring lines.

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Thursday, July 02, 2009

CMS Releases Proposed 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the proposed 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

ASA President's Update: Essential Information on Health Care Reform

Key House and Senate committees have released draft health care reform legislation, with other individual proposals added to the mix.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Urge Your Representative to Oppose a Medicare-Based Public Plan

ASA has been a leader in the medical community coming out against any public plan based on Medicare payment rates.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

House Committees introduce health care reform legislation

House Committees introduce health care reform legislation

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Medicare Scam Alert

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Summary – HELP Committee Markup of “Affordable Health Choices Act”

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee convened to begin marking-up Chairman Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) health reform legislation – the Affordable Health Choices Act.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

President Obama Addresses AMA Annual Meeting

President Barack Obama spoke to the AMA House of Delegates, outlining his plan for health care reform and encouraging physicians to be part of a meaningful solution.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Information for Eligible Professionals Who Participated in the 2007 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS, Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, PQRI

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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Senate HELP Committee Releases Health Care Reform Legislation

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has released a comprehensive health reform bill: the “Affordable Health Choices Act.”

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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Health Care Organizations Send Follow-Up Letter to White House Regarding Cost Savings

Health Care Organizations Send Follow-Up Letter to White House Regarding Cost Savings

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Health Reform Timeline and Content Released

Important information about the content and timeline for consideration of Congressional health system reform efforts has been leaked from the key health care committees.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

ASA President Offers Suggestions for Controlling Cost During Recent White House Meeting

The president of the ASA  offered suggestions for controlling health care cost during a recent White House meeting.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

FDA Panel Deems SEDASYS Approvable With Conditions

An FDA panel deemed SEDASYS approvable with several conditions.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

House and Senate Republicans Introduce Health Care Reform Bill

U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and Richard Burr and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes introduced health care reform legislation, The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

ASA President’s Update on Health Care Reform

ASA Presidents Update on Health Care Reform

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Friday, May 15, 2009

House Democrats Discuss Energy and Commerce Committee Reform Plan

House Democrats on Wednesday held a closed-door session to discuss a health reform plan currently under consideration by the House Energy and Committee

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Holds Hearing About Health Care Delivery Reform

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Thursday held a hearing titled “Delivery Reform: The Roles of Primary and Specialty Care in Innovative New Delivery Models.”

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

ASA President Roger Moore, M.D. Meets with U.S. Senators to Discuss Health System Reform

ASA President Roger Moore, M.D., visited Capitol Hill to offer testimony on central issues to the ongoing health care reform debate.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Holds A Roundtable on Financing Health Care Reform

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday held a roundtable to discuss options for financing comprehensive health system reform.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Groups Send Letter to Obama Affirming Health Care Reform With Cost Savings

Health care associations send a letter to Obama affirming health care reform with cost savings.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Physician Quality Improvement Initiative (PQRI) & E-Prescribing

The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) is a voluntary individual reporting program that provides an incentive payment to identified eligible professionals (EPs) who satisfactorily report data on quality measures

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Releases Second Set of Policy Options for Improving Delivery and Expanding Health Care Coverage

Senate Finance Committee Releases Second Set of Policy Options for Improving Delivery and Expanding Health Care Coverage

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Senate Finance Committee Releases the First of Three Policy Option Documents on Health System Reform

Senate Finance Committee Releases the First of Three Policy Option Documents on Health System Reform

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ASA Signs Joint Letter From Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA) Regarding 2010 PQRI

ASA signs a joint letter from the Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA) regarding 2010 PQRI.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Sens. Baucus and Kennedy Send Letter to President Obama Affirming Commitment to Health Reform

Senators Baucus and Kennedy Send Letter to President Obama Affirming Commitment to Health Reform

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Friday, March 27, 2009

OIG Releases Letter Outlining Changes to Self-Disclosure Program

The Office of Inspector General released an open letter to providers outlining significant changes to its Self-Disclosure Program.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

ASA President Participates In White House Health Care Discussion

ASA President Roger A. Moore, M.D. participated in a high-level health care reform Summit at the White House to seek input from key stakeholders on health care reform.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

HHS Names Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the members of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.

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Monday, March 02, 2009

ASA Supports IHI Sprint Action Day For WHO Surgical Safety Checklist

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is pleased to join with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist team in support of the Surgical Safety Checklist “Sprint.”

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Friday, February 20, 2009

President Obama Signs Stimulus Bill Into Law

President Obama has signed into law the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” (ARRA).

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Friday, February 13, 2009

House- and Senate-Passed Stimulus Includes HIT, Other Health Care Provisions

The U.S. House and Senate have passed an extensive stimulus package that includes a number of health care provisions.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Senate Passes Economic Stimulus Bill, Includes Health Care Provisions

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed an amended version of H.R. 1, the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" (ARRA).

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Monday, February 09, 2009

CMS Announces Update on Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs)

In October 2008, CMS announced the award of contracts to four national recovery audit contractors, or RACs.

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

CMS Corrects Base Unit Value for CPT Code 00797

CMS corrects base unit value for CPT Code 00797—Anesthesia for intraperitoneal procedures in upper abdomen including laparoscopy; gastric restrictive procedure for morbid obesity.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

FDA Update on Anesthesia Drug Shortages

FDA Update on Anesthesia Drug Shortages

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Friday, January 16, 2009

HHS Issues Final ICD-10 Code Sets and Updated Electronic Transaction Standards Rule

On Jan 16, 2009, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released two final rules related to electronic health reporting.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

McConnell Announces Conference-wide Health Care Reform Efforts

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday named senior members in the Republican Conference to lead health care reform efforts and promote commonsense solutions in the 111th Congress.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

2009 PQRI Update: Clarification on Anesthesiologists’ Reporting of Measures 128 and 130

In addition to Measures 30 and 76, anesthesiologists may now report on Measures 128 (BMI) and 130 (Documentation & Verification of Current Medications in the Medical Record), both of which contain anesthesia codes.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

CMS Correction Notice to the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule

CMS Correction Notice to the 2009 Physician Fee Schedule

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Monday, December 15, 2008

FDA Approves Fospropofol and Follows ASA’s Labeling Recommendation

The FDA’s recent approval of fospropofol disodium (brand name LUSEDRA) includes important safety information recommended by ASA.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Internet-Based Medicare Enrollment Is Available in 15 States and the District of Columbia

Now there’s a better way for physicians and non-physician practitioners to enroll or make a change in their Medicare enrollment information via the Internet.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

CMS Issues Information Regarding Transitioning to a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)

CMS has issued information on how to prepare for your Medicare Part B Carrier’s transition to a Part A/B Medicare Administrative Contractor.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Office of Inspector General (OIG) releases 2009 Workplan

The 2009 OIG Workplan is available on the OIG Web site.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

ASA Submits Comments to CMS Regarding Transition to Version 5010 and ICD-10

ASA has submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the transition to version 5010 and ICD-10.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

CMS Announces New Online Tool to Check Availability of 2007 PQRI Feedback Report

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that a new self-service look-up tool is now available on the PQRI Portal.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Information Available on Reporting Changes to Medicare Enrollment Information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted three new Fact Sheets on the Medicare Provider Enrollment page.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Posts Report, Medicare Payments for Facet Joint Injection Services

On September 17, 2008, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report (OEI-05-07-00200) entitled, Medicare Payments for Facet Joint Injection Services.

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Have You Been Selected to Participate In the Physician Practice Information survey?

The ASA, the AMA and more than 70 other organizations are conducting a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America’s physician practices.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

New 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Payment Rates

The mid-year 2008 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rate of -10.6 percent has been replaced with a 0.5 percent update, retroactive to July 1, 2008.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Information on 2007 PQRI Payments and Reports

Anesthesiologists who participated in the 2007 PQRI program can expect to receive payments from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between July 14 - July 30, 2008

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Issuance of Multiple Prescriptions for Schedule II Controlled Substances

The DEA finalized its proposal to amend its regulations to allow practitioners to provide individual patients with multiple prescriptions, to be filled sequentially, for the same schedule II controlled substance.

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

HHS OIG Releases Work Plan for FY 2008

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its work plan for FY 2008.

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

ASA Speaks Out Against New Requirement of Tamper Resistant Medicaid Prescription Pads

Effective October 1, Medicaid prescriptions must be written on tamper-resistant prescription forms.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

ASA’s Efforts Lead to CMS Base Unit Value Correction for Code 00797

Earlier this year, the American Society of Anesthesiologists identified a CMS error in the value for code 00797 and vigorously pursued a correction.

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Friday, June 29, 2007

North Carolina General Assembly Passes AA Licensure Bill

After three years, the North Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that would provide for licensure of anesthesiologist assistants (AAs).

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Medmarx Data Report Analyzes Medication Errors Affecting Surgical Patients

ASA shares with its members the Medmarx data report analyzing medication errors affecting surgical patients.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

New CMS Regulation Allows Unlocked Anesthesia Carts in Secure Areas

A rule that took effect on Jan. 26, 2007, permitted anesthesia carts to be unlocked as long as they are in a secure area such as an operating suite.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

ASA Working to Correct Technical Error in CMS Final Rule for 2007 Physician Fee Schedule

ASA Working to Correct Technical Error in CMS Final Rule for 2007 Physician Fee Schedule

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

ASA Supports Health Care Truth and Transparency Act of 2006

Legislation would protect patients by preventing non-physician providers from misrepresenting their qualifications.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

CMS Proposed Changes to Physician Fee Schedule Include Substantial Cuts to Anesthesiology

CMS Proposed Changes to Physician Fee Schedule Include Substantial Cuts to Anesthesiology

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

ASA Submits Practice Expense Comment Letters to CMS

During a meeting to discuss proposed Practice Expense methodologies, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requested comments from medical specialty societies.

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

ASA Testifies Before FDA on Safe Use of Propofol

ASA Immediate Past President Eugene P. Sinclair, M.D. testified before the FDA Advisory Committee on Anesthetic and Life Support Drugs on November 10, 2005.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

CMS Fails to Address Need for Fix of Anesthesiology Teaching Payment Penalty in 2006 Rule

CMS Fails to Address Need for Fix of Anesthesiology Teaching Payment Penalty in 2006 Rule

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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

New Jersey Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Office-Based Surgery Regulations

The New Jersey Supreme Court affirmed that the office-based surgery regulations challenged by the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists were within the Board of Medical Examiners' delegated authority.

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ASA receives acknowledgement from OIG regarding request for Special Advisory Bulletin

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