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ASA advocates on behalf of members, but also in areas of public health. The Perioperative Brain Health Initiative, the opioid crisis and drug shortages are three national challenges ASA is addressing.
Perioperative Brain Health Initiative (PBHI): ASA is teaming up with providers, payers and the public to create a low-barrier access program to optimize the cognitive recovery and perioperative experience for adults 65 years and older undergoing surgery. Tactics include the creation of several articles devoted to PBHI, patient testimonials and a summit hosted by ASA and AARP with more than 100 representatives from various organizations.
Opioid crisis: Physician anesthesiologists are experts in pain management and crucial to combatting the opioid epidemic. As such, ASA has engaged Congress and federal agencies to help identify practical solutions to the crisis. In June the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ASA-supported Perioperative Reduction of Opioids (PRO) Act as part of its comprehensive opioids legislation. The PRO Act will establish a panel dedicated to reducing opioids in the surgical setting and collecting data on perioperative opioid use.
Drug shortages: ASA works with other stakeholders, including federal agencies and Congress, to ensure the appropriate parties are aware of the impact shortages have on patient care. ASA sought a solution by developing surveys and a Drug Shortage Registry for data collection. The findings are being used to inform high-ranking policymakers in Washington, D.C. to take notice of the issue’s seriousness and to work with ASA to resolve it.
ASA is dedicated to these challenges and continues to make strides on public health issues that affect your patients.
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