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8-Jul-2020 6:35 PM EDT
Nurses’ Use of Physician Term Anesthesiologist Misleading to Patients
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) yesterday urged the New Hampshire Supreme Court to uphold the New Hampshire Medical Board’s decision that health care professionals using the term “anesthesiologist” must be licensed physicians and meet all the requirements to practice medicine in the state, according to an amicus curiae brief filed on behalf of ASA and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Released: 1-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Children and adults should wear masks in public to reduce COVID-19 spread, anesthesia professionals urge
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesia professionals urge the public to wear masks to stop spread of COVID-19

28-Jun-2020 7:50 PM EDT
ASA Monitor Relaunched to Reflect More Global, Timely Issues in Perioperative Health Care News
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

To bring a full range of perioperative health care news and information to physician anesthesiologists, surgical care team members and health care executives, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced its expanded partnership with Wolters Kluwer to publish and relaunch its publication the ASA Monitor

Released: 28-May-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Anesthesia Practices See Major Financial Hit as Physician Anesthesiologists Pivot During COVID-19 to Treat Patients in Critical Care and ICUs, ASA Survey Highlights
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A recent survey of anesthesia administrators and executive members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds a majority of physician anesthesiologists pivoted from working in the operating room to treating COVID-19 patients in critical care units and ICUs, making the most of their expertise in intubation, ventilation strategies, and critical care medicine, which includes all aspects of resuscitation with multiorgan failure.

Released: 14-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
ASA Urges Secretary Azar to Implement a Moratorium on Health Insurer Contract Cancellations and Reinstatement of Cancelled Physician Contracts
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Health insurance companies around the country are using aggressive negotiating tactics to terminate physician contracts, forcing physicians out of network with little or no notice and increasing the likelihood that patients will receive surprise medical bills. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has implored Alex M. Azar II, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to press insurers to reinstate terminated contracts and to implement a moratorium on cancellations and terminations during this national health emergency.

Released: 6-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Physician Anesthesiologists Urge VA to Reverse Directive Jeopardizing Veterans’ Lives
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) urges Americans to protect our nation’s Veterans by asking the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reverse its memorandum that dismantles the successful anesthesia care team, removes physician anesthesiologists from surgery and replaces them with nurses, lowering the standard of care for Veterans and jeopardizing their lives.

Released: 5-May-2020 9:40 AM EDT
Anesthesiologists Provide Elective Surgery Checklist for Patients During COVID-19
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Your knee replacement, cataract removal, hernia repair or other elective surgery was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now your doctor is calling to reschedule, but you are unsure. As the curve of new COVID-19 cases begins to flatten in the United States, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) is providing guidelines so you know when it’s safe to have surgery.

Released: 4-May-2020 8:05 AM EDT
Restarting and Expanding Elective Surgery After COVID-19: Special Webinar Panel Hosted by American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A multidisciplinary panel of experts including a surgeon, hospital executive, nurse executive and physician anesthesiologist will address attendees during a special webinar titled, “Challenges and Strategies in Restarting and Expanding Elective Surgery After COVID-19.” The panel will review the joint statement “Roadmap for Resuming Elective Surgery after COVID-19 Pandemic” and provide individual perspectives and information on patient/case priority, patient/family comfort, testing and workforce issues, personal protective equipment, sites of care, workforce resiliency and “go forward” plans, including reimbursement, regulatory needs and financial control. ASA has been facilitating and steering health care institutions in their efforts to return to surgery and get back to business.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 10:15 AM EDT
Safely resuming elective surgery as COVID-19 curve flattens: ACS, ASA, AORN and AHA develop roadmap for readiness
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the COVID-19 surge wanes in different parts of the country, patients’ pent up demand to resume their elective surgeries will be immense. To ensure patients can have elective surgeries as soon as safely possible, a roadmap to guide readiness, prioritization and scheduling has been developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and American Hospital Association (AHA).

Released: 27-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EDT
ASA Urges Administration to Take Steps to Ensure Continued Patient Care, Provider Safety During COVID-19
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the American Society of Anesthesiologists (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., MSHCA, FACHE, FASA, sent a communication to the White House commending the Administration for its work to date and formalizing key ASA recommendations to address top health concerns. In the communication, Dr. Peterson urges the Administration to continue to prioritize actions to expand access to personal protective equipment (PPE), to provide robust economic relief to physician anesthesiologists’ practices and to increase access to ventilators which include anesthesia gas machine ventilators, while considering expanding access to critical care providers.

Released: 23-Mar-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Anesthesia professionals at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 should wear most-protective masks
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesia professionals – who are in close contact as they help patients breathe through airway equipment – are at increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 and should wear N95 masks or similarly protective equipment in all diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures, according to an updated statement from The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Released: 20-Mar-2020 2:20 PM EDT
ASA, APSF and AANA Issue Joint Statement on Use of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As anesthesia professionals are at an increased risk of exposure in caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) issued a joint statement today on the best use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Strategies for health care response to COVID-19 shared by Chinese anesthesiologists
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Anesthesiologists treating patients at the forefront of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, China, share valuable lessons for other practitioners as the wave of coronavirus infections rolls through other countries. Their first-hand accounts are combined with scholarly review articles in a special article series published today in ANESTHESIOLOGY, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Released: 17-Mar-2020 3:10 PM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists & Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Issue Statement on Non-urgent Surgical, Diagnostic, and Interventional Procedures
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) today announced recommendations for facilities in areas with growing rates of COVID-19 to reduce non-urgent surgical, diagnostic, and interventional procedures.

11-Mar-2020 5:10 PM EDT
ASA, AAOS launch toolkit to help physicians safely, effectively alleviate patients’ postoperative pain with reduced opioid use
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

To help physicians safely and effectively alleviate pain and encourage optimal opioid stewardship in patients following surgery, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) today released the Pain Alleviation Toolkit. The toolkit provides physicians and patients with resources to encourage communication and decision-making to help reduce patients’ postoperative pain as much and as safely as possible.

Released: 11-Mar-2020 10:10 AM EDT
Majority of Physician Anesthesiologists Treat Older Adults, But Less than 10% Screen for Frailty or Dementia Pre- or Postoperatively, Survey Finds
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A national, non-scientific survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds that more than 96% of respondents treated a patient 65 or older in 2018. However, despite guidelines, more than 80% physician anesthesiologists rarely or never perform preoperative screening for cognitive impairment or frailty for older surgical patients.

4-Mar-2020 4:55 PM EST
From knee replacement to spine surgery, your next procedure likely will be outpatient
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

With nearly 50 million outpatient surgeries performed in the U.S. each year and the increasingly complex nature of the procedures, patients need to know several important details when having surgery without an overnight stay in the hospital, says the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Updated fasting restrictions, removing jewelry to reduce the risk of burns and asking about regional blocks for non-opioid pain control when undergoing anesthesia are a few important factors that could lead to increased satisfaction and safer outcomes.

26-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
ASA Survey Shows Health Insurers Abruptly Terminating Physician Contracts, Dramatically Cutting Payment Rates Forcing Physicians Out of Network
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

A new national survey from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) finds physician anesthesiologists are being forced out of network as insurance companies terminate their contracts, often with little or no notice.

Released: 11-Feb-2020 2:20 PM EST
ASA Encouraged by Ways and Means Framework on Surprise Bills, Urges Striking of Median In-Network Rate Setting
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), representing more than 54,000 members, applauded the House Ways and Means Committee’s legislative framework to address surprise medical bills, while encouraging further refinement of the legislation. “We applaud the Ways and Means Committee for its continued efforts to protect patients from surprise medical bills and we are encouraged by the legislative framework. It is an improvement over other House Committees’ work product,” said ASA President Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSCHA, FACHE, FASA. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and this Committee to refine and improve the legislation, especially to ensure that any solution ensures a fair playing field for disputes between insurance companies and physicians. In particular, we urge the Committee to refine the proposal by eliminating the median in-network rate-setting mechanism.”

Released: 11-Feb-2020 11:00 AM EST
ASA Troubled by Impact of Education and Labor Committee Surprise Bill Legislation, Urges Support for Key Amendments
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), representing more than 54,000 members, expressed serious concerns with the surprise medical bills legislation released by the House Education and Labor Committee as drafted. The Society expresses strong support amendments to address the bill’s pro-insurer orientation.

Released: 29-Jan-2020 1:35 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Launches New Podcasts
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today announced the launch of two new monthly podcasts for physician anesthesiologists, the anesthesia care team, residents, medical students and anesthesiology community.

Released: 27-Jan-2020 2:15 PM EST
South Dakotans Deserve a Physician to Administer Anesthesia
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and the South Dakota Society of Anesthesiologists (SDSA) strongly oppose SB 50, which will needlessly dismantle the anesthesia care team model in South Dakota by authorizing nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without physician supervision. Additionally, the bill will authorize nurse anesthetists to prescribe patients potentially dangerous controlled substances, including opioids, and perform intricate pain medicine procedures all with no physician oversight or involvement.

22-Jan-2020 10:25 AM EST
Recognize an overdose, save a life
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Every day nearly 200 people die from an overdose of drugs or from alcohol poisoning, with opioids responsible for the majority. Recognizing the signs and knowing how to respond to medical emergencies, including carrying and administering naloxone in cases of opioid overdose, can save lives says the ASA.

Released: 16-Dec-2019 6:05 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists' Response to Article on Surprise Medical Bills
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

In response to a new Health Affairs article “Out-Of-Network Billing And Negotiated Payments For Hospital-Based Physicians,” the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) released the following statement reaffirming its commitment to protecting patients from surprise medical bills.

Released: 12-Dec-2019 2:30 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Thanks the House Ways and Means Committee for its Work to Address Surprise Medical Bills
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) on behalf of its 54,000 members thanked the House Ways and Means Committee for its framework to address surprise medical bills.

Released: 10-Dec-2019 4:05 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Strongly Opposes Surprise Medical Bill Provisions In Alexander-Pallone-Walden Lower Health Care Costs Proposal
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), representing more than 54,000 members, expressed its strong opposition to the surprise medical bill provisions included in the Alexander-Pallone-Walden Lower Health Care Costs proposal.

Released: 20-Nov-2019 12:55 PM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Applauds New Hampshire Medical Board’s Prohibition of Medical Title Manipulation
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) commends the New Hampshire Board of Medicine’s unanimous vote to prohibit the use of the term “anesthesiologist” unless licensed by the board of medicine.

Released: 19-Nov-2019 7:05 AM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists Announces Continued Partnership with Fresenius Kabi as Industry Supporter
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced today that Fresenius Kabi USA will continue its partnership with ASA as an ASA Industry Supporter. Fresenius Kabi is a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. It is a leading provider of affordable, generic anesthesia medicines in the United States.

Released: 18-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
American Society of Anesthesiologists and CAE Healthcare Launch Next Generation in Virtual Simulation Training with Anesthesia SimSTAT
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

ASA and CAE Healthcare today announced the release of the final two training modules of Anesthesia SimSTAT, their first of its kind virtual simulation program. The new modules, designed for the PACU and labor and delivery unit, are the last in a suite of five innovative training modules.

Released: 7-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
FAER/ABA Co-Sponsor Research in Education Grant for a Second Year
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The ABA and FAER are co-sponsoring the FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant for a second year to advance the careers and knowledge of physician anesthesiologists interested in key elements of education in anesthesiology.

Released: 4-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
ASA Commends Inter-agency Drug Shortages Task Force Report
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

On October 29, the inter-agency Drug Shortages Task Force led by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a report titled “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions” at the request of Congress. The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) commends the FDA for its analysis of the underlying causes of drug shortages and its recommendations to solve them, many of which align with recommendations offered by ASA and other health care stakeholders last year.

Released: 29-Oct-2019 2:45 PM EDT
Healthcare Groups Applaud New Legislation to Address Drug Shortages
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The AHA, ASA, ASCO, ASHP, and ISMP announced their strong support for the Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act, introduced today by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN).

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists names Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., FASA, new president
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Mary Dale Peterson, M.D., MSCHA, FACHE, FASA, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Driscoll Health System and emeritus staff at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
One in three pain patients suffer side effects after ketamine infusion therapy, study finds
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate the United States, ketamine use has grown as a pain management alternative, yet more than one in three patients may experience side effects such as hallucinations and visual disturbances, suggests new research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Women with anemia twice as likely to need transfusion after cesarean delivery
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Pregnant women with anemia are twice as likely to need blood transfusions after a cesarean delivery, as those without the condition, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Judith Hellman, M.D., with its Excellence in Research Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Judith Hellman, M.D., with its 2019 Excellence in Research Award in recognition of her outstanding research developments

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Jerome M. Klafta, M.D., with its Excellence in Education Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Jerome M. Klafta, M.D., with its 2019 Excellence in Education Award in recognition of his exemplary career as a master clinician and physician educator

14-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists honors Mark A. Warner, M.D., with its Distinguished Service Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Mark A. Warner, M.D., with its 2018 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his contributions spanning all areas of the specialty including patient care

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
One-third of children having tonsillectomies benefitted from opioid-free surgery and recovery, study shows
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Nearly one-third of children who had surgery to remove their tonsils did not need opioids to get adequate pain relief during and after surgery, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Preliminary medical marijuana research shows promise in lessening opioid use, but needs to be confirmed by more studies
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Medical marijuana shows early promise to lessen opioid use and potential abuse, suggests a systematic review of published studies being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
If your health care provider is nice, you’ll feel less pain
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Having blood drawn by a courteous health care provider can really take the sting out of those procedures, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Many women and health care providers assume CBD safe during pregnancy despite lack of research, surveys show
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

While most women of childbearing age understand drinking alcohol while pregnant is harmful, they may be less skeptical about the safety of cannabidiol (CBD), even though there is no evidence to support that belief, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:05 AM EDT
Laughing gas helpful for labor pain, safe for baby, but ultimately most women switched to an epidural, study shows
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Women report being very satisfied with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to manage labor pain, experiencing no adverse side effects to the baby.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Opioids often prescribed after cesarean delivery even when not needed
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Nearly 90% of women who did not use opioids in the hospital after cesarean delivery were nonetheless discharged with a prescription for opioids, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Colorectal surgery patients use fewer opioids, report less pain with enhanced recovery after surgery program, study shows
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids, according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019 annual meeting.

14-Oct-2019 8:00 AM EDT
American Society of Anesthesiologists recognizes Seun Johnson-Akeju, M.D.,with its 2019 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) today presented Seun Johnson-Akeju, M.D., M.M.Sc., with its 2019 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the study of neuroscience and anesthesia.

Released: 18-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H to discuss major public health issues at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H. will speak to attendees of ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, about major public health issues affecting the U.S. and how physician anesthesiologists can help solve them and improve patient health through better advocacy and community engagement.

Released: 17-Oct-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Bipartisan Solution to Surprise Medical Bills Reaches 100 Co-Sponsors
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

Today, hundreds of thousands of physicians unified under the Out of the Middle Coalition applaud Representatives Raul Ruiz, MD, (D-Calif.) and Phil Roe, MD, (R-Tenn.), for reaching 100 cosponsors on their bipartisan solution to address surprise medical bills.


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