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ASA Grassroots Network The American Society of Anesthesiologists Grassroots Network engages in grassroots activity to keep i

The American Society of Anesthesiologists Grassroots Network engages in grassroots activity to keep its members informed about important legislative and regulatory issues affecting the medical specialty of anesthesiology.

“Every small win in advocacy is backed up by dozens of hours of work, years of relationship-building, and determination”...
01/05/2024

“Every small win in advocacy is backed up by dozens of hours of work, years of relationship-building, and determination” says former Resident Scholar, Dr. John Guzzi. Consider applying today to join the next cycle of Resident Scholars: https://www.asahq.org/residentscholar

Earlier this week, the government released the No Surprises Act Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Fees Final Rule, wh...
12/22/2023

Earlier this week, the government released the No Surprises Act Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR) Fees Final Rule, which finalizes increases to the two fees associated with the IDR process: the non-refundable administrative fee and the refundable certified IDR entity fee. ASA is encouraged by the reduced administrative fee but opposes the increased IDR entity fee.
https://www.asahq.org/advocacy-and-asapac/fda-and-washington-alerts/washington-alerts/2023/12/updated-no-surprises-act-dispute-resolution-fees-announced

Attention resident physicians! 📢 ASA’s Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a unique opportun...
12/20/2023

Attention resident physicians! 📢 ASA’s Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs is a unique opportunity to work in Washington, DC and gain hands-on experience with the political, legislative, and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care! Apply today: https://www.asahq.org/residentscholar

This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5378, the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act. In particular, ASA is ...
12/15/2023

This week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5378, the Lower Costs, More Transparency Act. In particular, ASA is paying close attention to Section 105 of the bill, which introduces new price transparency requirements for group health plans, which could help hold insurers accountable for unreasonable qualifying payments amounts suggested by some payers in the No Surprises Act dispute resolution processes. Read more about H.R. 5378 here: https://www.asahq.org/advocacy-and-asapac/fda-and-washington-alerts/washington-alerts/2023/12/house-of-representatives-advances-bipartisan-healthcare-reform-legislation

📢New legislation to avert Medicare payment cuts has been introduced! Urge your lawmaker today to take action to avert im...
12/13/2023

📢New legislation to avert Medicare payment cuts has been introduced! Urge your lawmaker today to take action to avert impending Medicare payment cuts:

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Applications for ASA's Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation are now open: https://www.asahq.org/residentscholar
12/11/2023

Applications for ASA's Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation are now open: https://www.asahq.org/residentscholar

Anesthesiology residents: Interested in advocacy? Applications are now open for ASA's Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs! Gain hands-on experience while learning about the political, legislative, and regulatory factors that affect the delivery of patient care. Apply today: https://ow.ly/oQfw50Qe8xV

Applications open tomorrow for ASA’s Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs! ASA invites resident ...
12/11/2023

Applications open tomorrow for ASA’s Anesthesiology Policy Research Rotation in Political Affairs! ASA invites resident physicians to learn more and consider applying to the four-week rotation: https://www.asahq.org/residentscholar

ASA has endorsed the Fentanyl Awareness for Children and Teens in Schools (FACTS) Act, a bill that would address the opi...
12/05/2023

ASA has endorsed the Fentanyl Awareness for Children and Teens in Schools (FACTS) Act, a bill that would address the opioid crisis by making naloxone available in school settings. The Society thanks Rep. Suzanne Bonamici for introducing this important legislation.

ASA has also endorsed the Workplace Overdose Reversal Kits (WORK) to Save Lives Act, a bill that would make naloxone available in federal buildings and create non-mandatory guidance for private employers on how to obtain these medications; both important measures to reduce opioid overdose fatalities. Read more: https://www.asahq.org/advocacy-and-asapac/fda-and-washington-alerts/washington-alerts/2023/12/asa-endorses-legislation-to-expand-access-to-opioid-overdose-reversal-medication

Republican members on the House Ways and Means Committee sent a joint letter to Administration officials highlighting is...
11/10/2023

Republican members on the House Ways and Means Committee sent a joint letter to Administration officials highlighting issues with the implementation of the No Surprises Act, a law to address surprise medical billing. ASA applauds the members for their ongoing efforts to increase transparency and ensure accountability on the government’s implementation of NSA: https://www.asahq.org/advocacy-and-asapac/fda-and-washington-alerts/washington-alerts/2023/11/way-and-means-committee-republicans-tells-administration-to-follow-surprise-medical-billing-law

🚨CMS finalized its Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) r...
11/03/2023

🚨CMS finalized its Calendar Year (CY) 2024 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and the Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule. CMS finalized cuts to the Anesthesia Conversion Factor, compounding the financial strain that anesthesiologists are facing. Unless Congress acts to fill the gap, anesthesiologists will face significant Medicare payment cuts beginning on January 1.

Read ASA's full analysis of the final PFS here:

See how ASA is working to resolve three key economic issues that are impacting you, explore the resources of ASA’s Payment Progress initiative, and test your anesthesia payment literacy!

Learn more about California Society of Anesthesiologist's brand new Resident Health Policy Elective designed to improve ...
10/24/2023

Learn more about California Society of Anesthesiologist's brand new Resident Health Policy Elective designed to improve resident involvement in advocacy efforts in California: https://pubs.asahq.org/monitor/article/87/10/28/139169/CSA-Creates-Resident-Health-Policy-Elective-to (members only)

The elective is modeled after ASA’s Resident Scholar program which provides Residents with hands-on legislative advocacy experience in Washington, DC! Applications for the national Resident Scholar program open in December: asahq.org/residentscholar

Thank you Representative Miller-Meeks for your commitment to Veterans! Take action today and urge your lawmaker to suppo...
10/18/2023

Thank you Representative Miller-Meeks for your commitment to Veterans! Take action today and urge your lawmaker to support safe physician-led anesthesia care for our nations Veterans: https://asahq.quorum.us/campaign/48223/

LAST DAY: Visit the Advocacy Booth located in the Resource Center of the Exhibit Hall at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2023 to learn mo...
10/16/2023

LAST DAY: Visit the Advocacy Booth located in the Resource Center of the Exhibit Hall at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2023 to learn more about ASA advocacy efforts! Submit a comment on Safe VA Care, download the ASA Advocacy App, and more!

The October ASA Monitor is now available and spotlights our commitment to advancing the profession and patient safety th...
10/03/2023

The October ASA Monitor is now available and spotlights our commitment to advancing the profession and patient safety through various advocacy efforts – dive in now: https://pubs.asahq.org/monitor/issue (members only)

Veterans deserve safe, high-quality, physician-led care! 🇺🇸 Participate in our grassroots campaign TODAY to ensure Veter...
10/02/2023

Veterans deserve safe, high-quality, physician-led care! 🇺🇸 Participate in our grassroots campaign TODAY to ensure Veterans have access to Safe VA Care: https://asahq.quorum.us/campaign/48223/

Check out this thought-provoking article from Dr. Antonio Hernandez Conte, President of the California Society of Anesth...
09/28/2023

Check out this thought-provoking article from Dr. Antonio Hernandez Conte, President of the California Society of Anesthesiologists, highlighting the importance of transparent titles and qualifications in the medical field:

Stronger 'title protection' legislation can offer patients greater transparency

The American Legion National Headquarters released a nation-wide survey of Veterans confirming that our nation’s Veteran...
09/21/2023

The American Legion National Headquarters released a nation-wide survey of Veterans confirming that our nation’s Veterans overwhelmingly support an anesthesiologist leading their care in VA. Based on the survey, 91% support this model, and nearly three-quarters believe that dismantling or altering this model will subject Veterans to a lower standard of care than civilians receive.

Additionally, the survey confirms that 83% of Veterans have been exposed to toxins and 67% report they have multiple health conditions – all factors that make it more important to them to receive anesthesia care from a physician-led care team. Read the full report: https://www.legion.org/veteranshealthcare/caresurvey

Take action and ask your lawmaker to insist VA maintains physician-led anesthesia care for Veterans: https://asahq.quorum.us/campaign/48223/

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