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This category is dedicated to the advancement of research in all topics related to Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.

Catheter-Directed Embolectomy Life-Saving in Massive Pulmonary Embolism

Catheter-directed intervention can be life-saving for patients with massive pulmonary embolism (PE) who fail to respond to or cannot receive systemic thrombolysis, according to a report in the August issue of Chest.

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Keeping Patients Awake During Surgery?

Anesthesiologists’ Vital Roles in All Anesthetic Procedures

Think anesthesiologists only keep patients “asleep” during surgical procedures? An “awake craniotomy” performed on Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy on June 2, 2008 should challenge that notion.

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Report From the Front Lines: Study Probes Anesthesia Providers’ Role

Report From the Front Lines: Study Probes Anesthesia Providers’ Role in Improving Combat-Related Outcomes

A study published in the July issue of the Journal Anesthesiology could be the impetus behind future prospective research exploring the hugely untapped potential of anesthesia providers (i.e., anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists) to improve outcomes in wounded military personnel.

Read more: Report From the Front Lines: Study Probes Anesthesia Providers’ Role

New Study Finds Oral Cannabis Ineffective in Treating Acute Pain

A study published in the July issue of the Journal Anesthesiology discovered that oral cannabis (a form of medical marijuana) not only failed to alleviate certain types of pain in human volunteers but, surprisingly, it instead caused increased sensitivity to some forms of pain.

Read more: New Study Finds Oral Cannabis Ineffective in Treating Acute Pain

HHS waiving retroactive beneficiary cost sharing due to increases in payment under MIPPA

The HHS Office of the Inspector General has issued a policy statement that assures Medicare providers, practitioners, and suppliers affected by retroactive increases in payment rates under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) of 2008 that they will not be subject to OIG administrative sanctions if they waive retroactive beneficiary cost-sharing amounts attributable to those increased payment rates, subject to the conditions noted in the policy statement.

Reviewed by Ramaz Mitaishvili, MD

ASA Achieves Historic Legislative Win of Monumental Proportions!

  • Written by Jeffrey L. Apfelbaum, M.D. ASA President
  • Category: Anaesthesiology
We helped secure enactment of H.R. 6331—a
Medicare bill that includes an immediate positive
Medicare payment update and a permanent
fix to the Medicare Anesthesiology
Teaching Rule, beginning in 2010!

Read more: ASA Achieves Historic Legislative Win of Monumental Proportions!

Head Covering May Increase SIDS Risk

Babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are often found with their heads covered by bedding, and now new research suggests that this covering usually precedes death and may, in fact, be causally related.

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VICTORY: Medicare bill becomes law!

H.R. 6331 includes SGR fix, Teaching Rule reform

In a historic triumph for ASA, a law has been enacted that will reverse Medicare payment cuts for 2008, provide a 1.1% positive update for 2009, and permanently restore full Medicare payment to anesthesiology teaching programs beginning in 2010!

Earlier today President Bush vetoed H.R. 6331.  This afternoon, however, both chambers of Congress voted overwhelmingly to override the veto--the House by a vote of 383-41 and the Senate by a vote of 70-26—meaning that the legislation has now become law.

Read more: VICTORY: Medicare bill becomes law!

NPI required for all HIPAA Standard Transactions on May 23, 2008

As of May 23, Medicare FFS will require and send NPI-Only in ALL provider identifier fields for all HIPAA and paper transactions where a provider identifier is required.  If you send Medicare a transaction with a Medicare legacy identifier in any of the provider fields, your claim will be rejected.  These transactions include all electronic and paper claims (837I, 837P, NCPDP, DDE and paper CMS-1500 and UB-04), the 276/277 claims status transaction, the 270/271 eligibility transaction, 835 remittance advice and SPR paper remittance.    

If your billing software is set up to continue to send both the NPI and the legacy identifier, and your clearinghouse or billing service will not be stripping the legacy identifier from your claim as of May 23, the responsibility falls to the provider to send in the Medicare claim with NPI-only, i.e., NO legacy identifiers.

Read more: NPI required for all HIPAA Standard Transactions on May 23, 2008

Legislative Alert

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus crafting legislation that would provide positive Medicare payment updates through 2009 and make other needed reforms

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