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  • ASA Is Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Committee Membership

    11/23/2015 ASA is now accepting nominations for 2017 committee membership. The link to the nomination page is provided in the attached article.

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  • Please Participate in 2015 Survey of Commercial Payment Rates

    6/10/2015 6/10/2015: ASA requests your participation in the 13th survey of commercial payment rates. Results will be published in the ASA Newsletter later this year. In order to comply with Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care, data must be at least three months old and only aggregate statistics may be published.

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  • PSA President to Discuss Medical Marijuana on CBS 21 Town Hall

    6/8/2015 6/8/2015: PSA President Robert Campbell, M.D., will participate in CBS 21 News' "Your Voice, Your Future" Town Hall on medical marijuana on June 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. The panel will also feature William Trescher, M.D., director of pediatric neurology at Penn State Hershey; Montel Williams, television personality; State Senator Mike Folmer; and Luan Speese, whose daughter suffers from seizures. A live broadcast will air on My Central PA 21.2 and stream on CBS21.com.

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  • ASA Legislative Conference

    5/15/2015 5/15/2015: The PA delegation to the 2015 ASA Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., visited congressional offices on May 6. Pictured are Erin Sullivan, MD, Joshua Atkins, MD, PhD, Margaret Tarpey, MD, Shailesh Patel, MD, and Robert Campbell, MD.

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  • Learn About the Process for Obtaining Your Mcare Refund

    4/3/2015 4/3/2015: Last fall's Mcare settlement requires that $200 million be returned to physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers. This includes $139 million in refunds for prior assessment overpayments for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. PAMED developed a website, the Mcare Refund Information Center, to help answer your questions. The website features a Quick Consult on legal issues impacting Mcare assignment and claim decisions as well as a webinar that provides a helpful overview of the refund process.

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  • National Doctor's Day

    3/30/2015 3/30/15: Mark National Doctor's Day by reading an excellent article on the history of anesthesiology practice from the Spring 2015 issue of The Sentinel. Authors Donald Martin, MD, and Robert Hoffman provide a compelling case for the importance of physician supervision. Turn to page 14.

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  • New Child Abuse CE Requirements for State Licensure

    2/2/2015 2/2/2015: Effective January 1, 2015, the commonwealth of Pennsylvania implemented a mandate for all health-related licensees to obtain continuing education (CE) in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements. This applied to any licensee applying for license renewal (2 CE hours) and any initial applicants (3 CE hours). Any program offered to meet the CE requirement must be approved by the Department of State. The following links provide information about the child abuse laws and programs to meet this requirement.

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  • Breaking News! Governor Proclaims Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2015

    1/8/2015 1/8/15: January 11-17 is the inaugural celebration of "Physician Anesthesiologists Week." Gov. Tom Corbett has issued a proclamation setting the week aside in Pennsylvania; PSA has drafted a press release; and ASA has designed a poster. PSA members are encouraged to remind patients, colleagues, and policymakers of the importance of patient-centered, physician-led care.

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  • Breaking News! Read Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Article on Highmark Decision

    12/24/2014 12/24/14: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviewed PSA President Robert Campbell, MD, for its article on Highmark's decision to back away from a proposal to stop paying for full anesthesia for some patients undergoing colonoscopies. Click on READ MORE below for the link to the article.

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  • Breaking News! Highmark Shelves Controversial Proposed MAC Policy

    12/22/2014 12/22/14: Highmark recently notified PSA that it will abandon its controversial proposed monitored anesthesia care (MAC) policy. Instead it will align its MAC policy with Medicare, which will implement a national policy change effective January 1, 2015. (See page 3 of the Winter 2014 Sentinel for details on the CMS change.) CMS has recognized that the prevailing practice for endoscopies in general and screening colonoscopies in particular is undergoing a transition, and that anesthesia separately provided by an anesthesia professional is becoming the prevalent practice. We understand that physician advocacy to keep the current policy in place was a big part of Highmark’s decision – thanks to PSA, PAMED, the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association, and the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterologists. This is a big win for patient safety and public health.

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  • PSA Members: Please Review These Reports Before 10/11 Annual Business Mtg.

    9/4/2014 UPDATED 9/23/14: Bylaws changes and election of leadership positions will be voted on at the PSA's Annual Business Meeting in New Orleans on October 11. Please review the proposed bylaws changes and Nominating Committee report as well as minutes from the 2013 Annual Business Meeting in advance of the 2014 Annual Business Meeting on October 11.

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  • Free CME Course on ER/LA Opiod Analgesics REMS

    8/21/2014 8/21/14: The Pennsylvania Board of Medicine is presenting a free CME course on Extended-Release and Long- Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This course qualifies as FDA REMS-compliant training. The Board of Medicine strongly encourages all licensees who prescribe ER/LA Opioids to attend this course.

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  • Breaking News! Support CMS Position on Anesthesia for Colonoscopy

    8/21/2014 8/21/14: The Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2015 includes a position statement important to all anesthesiologists, and especially those providing anesthesia for colonoscopy. This position statement supports the value of anesthesia for colonoscopy and paves the way for continued reimbursement for our services, not only colonoscopy but also for the increasing number of similar minimally invasive procedures for which anesthesia is becoming standard practice.

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  • Comments Needed Regarding Novitas Proposed MAC Policy Change

    7/1/2014 Please join PSA and ASA in commenting on a Novitas proposed policy change that would place new limits on patient access to monitored anesthesia care (MAC). Anesthesiologists, anesthesia groups, gastroenterologists, and billing services are encouraged to comment, and PSA is providing a suggested template for a comment letter. Comments are due by July 10.

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  • Breaking News: Highmark Responds to Letter

    6/16/2014 6/16/14: In its response to the letter PSA and several other state medical organizations sent regarding the proposed coverage change for monitored anesthesia care, Highmark explains its decision to listen to concerns and delay implementation of the change. Highmark will further study implications of the proposed change by engaging in discussions with a work group comprised of representatives of PSA, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the Pennsylvania Society of Gastroenterology, and the Pennsylvania Ambulatory Surgery Association.

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  • PSA Sends Letter on Proposed Coverage Change for Monitored Anesthesia Care

    6/4/2014 6/4/14: PSA and five other state medical organizations, including the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sent a letter to Highmark, praising the company for delaying its Monitored Anesthesia Care Policy scheduled to go into effect July 1 in order to hear from physicians and their patients about the change. The letter also outlines the reasons why the medical groups believe that this policy change represents a "serious step backward in the care of...our patients."

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  • Breaking News! Highmark Delays Policy Change

    5/30/2014 5/30/14: Highmark announces that it is delaying implementation of changes in coverage for full anesthesia until the fall so officials can meet with medical specialty groups that expressed concern, including PSA. The changes were scheduled to take effect July 1.

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  • Executive Summary of Survey on Anesthesia Available

    5/27/2014 5/27/14: An Executive Summary of the PSA survey of 800 Pennsylvania voters, conducted April 26-30, 2014, provides more detail to support the survey's clear conclusion: Pennsylvania voters want a doctor in charge of administering anesthesia.

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  • Breaking News! Highmark Blue Shield Policy Change

    5/22/2014 5/22/14: A Highmark Blue Shield policy change, effective June 30, 2014, states that "monitored anesthesia care is not considered medically necessary for colonoscopies, bronchoscopes, or interventional pain procedures in patients at average risk related to use of anesthesia and sedation" (ASA PS 1 & 2 patients). If you haven't done so already, contact your billing service to determine whether, or to what extent, this affects your practice.

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  • Breaking News! Most Pennsylvanians Want a Doctor to Supervise Anesthesia

    5/12/2014 5/12/14: Nearly 90 percent of Pennsylvanians want a physician to administer anesthesia or respond to anesthesia emergencies during surgery, according to a PSA survey released today.

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  • House Prof. Licensure Comm. Votes Favorably on Physician Supervision

    11/12/2013 11/12/13: Click "Read More" for a review of today's vote.

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  • HB 1603

    8/29/2013 House Bill 1603 would place language from existing Health Department regulations into the Medical Practice Act to require that a physician either provides anesthesia care in a hospital or supervises administration of anesthesia by non-physicians. Click "Read More" to view the bill in its entirety and review PSA's talking points.

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  • Joint Commission Revisions to Medical Management Issues

    6/2/2011 Here are clarifications on a number of Joint Commission Medication Management Standards for anyone with Joint Commission survey issues to use as a reference.

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  • Management of Unanticipated Difficult Intubation

    12/14/2010 Endotracheal intubation is an airway management technique indicated in a variety of clinical situations. Unanticipated difficulty with endotracheal intubation may result in catastrophic outcomes, including cerebral anoxia and death. Even the most thorough assessment of the airway may not detect the possibility of a difficult intubation, and every anesthetist should have a predetermined strategy for dealing with this situation.

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  • Quarterly Update on Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery

    9/23/2010 After the initial focus on wrong-site surgery, the number of events has decreased each year. However, Pennsylvania still averages more than one report per week.

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  • Improving the Safety of the Blood Transfusion Process

    5/19/2010 This article focuses on the process for safe transfusion and the risk reduction strategies that decrease the incidence of transfusion errors by developing adequate quality systems to ensure correct patient identification of the transfusion candidate. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

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  • Quarterly Update on the Preventing Wrong-Site Surgery Project: Digging Deep

    5/19/2010 Is Pennsylvania making progress on preventing wrong-site surgeries? Possibly, although this report suggests that progress hasn’t been as fast as theoretically possible. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

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  • Beyond the Bundle: Reducing the Risk of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream

    5/19/2010 The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority’s analysis of CLABSI event reports from July 2008 through March 2009 concludes that while Pennsylvania’s CLABSI and central line utilization rates are significantly better than the national average, hospitals were unable to document compliance with evidence-based best practices for CLABSI prevention in 38 percent of events reported. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.

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  • ASA pushes U.S. House to address SGR issue

    5/19/2010 The American Society of Anesthesiologists and numerous surgical societies wrote a letter in May to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that urges meaningful change to the longstanding Medicare SGR problem.

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  • Reimbursement Under Medicare, Medicaid and Workers Compensation

    3/10/2010 Reimbursement of Anesthesiologists Under Medicare, Medicaid and Workers Compensation Anesthesiologists are reimbursed differently than almost every medical specialist.

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  • The Role of Non Physician Anesthetists

    3/10/2010 Summarizing the current law as relates to the practice of CRNAs.

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