March 27, 2020
Lawmakers reached a deal on a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest stimulus bill in US history. The CARES Act (H.R. 748) directs $100 billion to an emergency fund for eligible physicians and hospitals and provides additional low-interest and small business loan support to businesses combatting the COVID-19 outbreak.
On Saturday, March 28 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET, ASA members are invited to a CMS webinar on COVID-19 therapeutics. You can join with the Participant Dial In: 877-251-0301 and Conference ID: 9409959 or using the webcast here.
President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act directing General Motors to produce ventilators needed for the coronavirus outbreak.
ASA has compiled information on resources available to provide relief for practices impacted by coronavirus.
March 26, 2020
As ASA continues to collaborate with the Administration, Congress and other officials on ways physician anesthesiologists can help treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MHA, FACHE, FASA, sent a communication to the White House formalizing key ASA recommendations to address top health concerns.
To aid healthcare professionals and hospitals, CDC has developed two checklists that identify key actions that can be taken now to enhance preparedness for potential or confirmed patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The personal protective equipment (PPE) burn rate calculator excel icon is a spreadsheet-based model that provides information for healthcare facilities to plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
HHS Secretary Azar sent a letter to the Governors yesterday regarding maximizing the healthcare workforce to respond to COVID-19.
March 25, 2020
The FDA has released a letter delineating FDA’s Recommendations for Ventilator Supply Mitigation Strategies to professional societies.
March 24, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced more than $560 million has been awarded by the CDC to states, territories, and more to combat COVID-19.
March 23, 2020
Joint Position Statement. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) believe that the safety of anesthesia professionals is of utmost importance in developing policies related to personal protective equipment (PPE) due to close patient contact and the need for airway instrumentation.
ASA and SCCM agree to collaborate to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including rapid development of focused critical care training for anesthesiologists, instruction for converting anesthesia machines to ventilators and training resources for respiratory therapists.
March 22, 2020
On March 22, 2020, the FDA issued an immediately in effect guidance outlining a policy intended to help increase availability of ventilators and their accessories as well as other respiratory devices during the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDA is issuing this guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability of ventilators as well as other respiratory devices and their accessories during this pandemic.
CMS announced unprecedented relief for the clinicians, providers, and facilities participating in Medicare quality reporting programs including the 1.2 million clinicians in the Quality Payment Program and on the front lines of America’s fight against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
March 19, 2020
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is continuing to work with the Trump Administration, Congress and other stakeholders to support physician anesthesiologists and their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, ASA is aware of efforts by some organizations to leverage the COVID-19 crisis to their benefit.
Physician anesthesiologists may be called to serve as intensivists as our health system prepares for an influx of COVID-19 patients. Current focus is on patient care but, in time, billing concerns will need to be addressed. This article provides information on reporting critical care services.
March 17, 2020
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) applauds U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and a group of Senate leaders for introducing the Commission on America’s Medical Security Act. This bill aligns with an ASA recommendation to enact legislation requiring a risk assessment of foreign source active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), which stemmed from a 2018 health care Summit hosted by ASA, “Drug Shortages as a Matter of National Security: Improving the Resilience of the Nation’s Healthcare Critical Infrastructure.”
March 13, 2020
On March 13, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. ASA staff will continue to monitor the ongoing and evolving developments related to COVID-19.
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