October 22

Texting for a cause: Donate to ASA foundations with your smartphone

ASA’s text-to-donate program makes supporting your foundations as easy as 5-0-1-5-5.

Pierce Lecture: ‘Patient Safety Beyond Our Borders’

One of today’s most respected and accomplished patient safety advocates will honor one of the founding fathers of the patient safety movement during the ASA/APSF Ellison C. Pierce, Jr., Patient Safety Memorial Lecture Saturday morning.

Reimbursement to change with the advent of MACRA

MACRA is coming. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act finally discards 17 years of Sustainable Growth Rate gyrations for Medicare reimbursement. MACRA is an improvement over SGR, but it has its own challenges surrounding data reporting and physician quality improvement.

Preparation is key for office-based emergencies

Every anesthesiologist has heard that bad things happen to good people. It’s a hackneyed phrase, but also a very accurate prediction. No anesthesiologist can prevent misadventures such as a hidden medical problem. But every anesthesiologist can, and must, control the outcome of those misadventures.

Anesthesiologists well-suited for the C-suite

Physician executive has a nice ring to it. Anesthesiologist executive sounds even better. And increasingly, anesthesiologists are recognizing the C-suite as an appropriate and attainable goal.

Self-Study course addresses new strategies to improve management of neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain can be difficult and expensive to manage, but new guidelines and strategies based on evidence-based decision-making are leading to improved outcomes. Those new approaches are explained in a Self-Study course available for CME during the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting.

Advocacy crucial to the careers of residents

Anesthesiologists who are not active politically are risking their own futures — and the futures of other anesthesiologists. Advocacy is the only way to secure the future.

Privacy pits teen patient’s rights against parents’ rights

Consent and privacy can be tricky issues for anesthesiologists, especially when minors are involved. Parents or guardians must generally give consent for surgeries performed on patients who are teens, and those adults generally expect to be informed about every aspect of the case. However, there are occasions when a teenage patient’s right to privacy trumps the parental right to know.

Debate: Should anesthesiologists lead goals-of-care discussions?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved payment for discussing goals of care with patients. The change was part of the Affordable Care Act, although the implications for anesthesiologists remains unclear. The pros and cons of the new policy will be debated Saturday during “Now That Medicare Pays for Discussions About Goals of Care, Should They Become a Routine Part of Preoperative Consent?

Professionalism vital in your online presence

Your online image counts, sometimes more than your physical image. Patients decide whether to keep a referral appointment based on what they see and read about you online. Potential employers evaluate your online presence during the hiring process. So do fellowship and residency directors.