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

Have you been selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information survey?

The AMA and more than 70 other organizations are conducting a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America’s physician practices. The results will be used to positively influence national decision makers to ensure accurate and fair representation for all physicians and patients, and to articulate the challenges of running a practice that provides expert patient care, while operating a business that is sustainable. Of particular importance is the section of the study pertaining to practice expenses and the amounts that are attributable to you. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated it will use the results of this study to help determine physician payment. The survey firm, dmrkynetec, will contact randomly selected physicians and practice managers to collect responses.  All responses will remain confidential.

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WJZ-TV Baltimore Surgical Fires Segment Features ASA Advisory

A May 1 WJZ-TV (Baltimore, Md.) investigative report on the occurrence of surgical fires featured the recently released ASA Practice Advisory for the Prevention and Management of Operating Room Fires.

Read more: WJZ-TV Baltimore Surgical Fires Segment Features ASA Advisory

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.   

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Concurrent Epidural and IV Opioids Safe for Pain in Children

Postoperative pain in children with cancer can be safely managed with simultaneous epidural and intravenous opioids, according to researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

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ASA Member Named To Time Magazine 100 Most Influential List

ASA Member Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology, critical care and surgery in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has been named to this year’s Time magazine 100 most influential people.

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Have you been selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information survey?

The AMA and more than 70 other organizations are conducting a comprehensive multi-specialty survey of America’s physician practices. The results will be used to positively influence national decision makers to ensure accurate and fair representation for all physicians and patients, and to articulate the challenges of running a practice that provides expert patient care, while operating a business that is sustainable.

Read more: Have you been selected to participate in the Physician Practice Information survey?

WJZ-TV Baltimore Surgical Fires Segment Features ASA Advisory

A May 1 WJZ-TV (Baltimore, Md.) investigative report on the occurrence of surgical fires featured the recently released ASA Practice Advisory for the Prevention and Management of Operating Room Fires.

Read more: WJZ-TV Baltimore Surgical Fires Segment Features ASA Advisory

U.S. Supreme Court issues opinion regarding lethal injection

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming the Kentucky State Supreme Court’s opinion that Kentucky’s lethal injection protocol does not violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Bone Biopsy Improves Medical Therapy of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

In diabetic patients undergoing medical management of foot osteomyelitis, bone culture-based antibiotic therapy improves the chances of successful treatment, according to findings published in the April issue of Diabetes Care.

"The question of surgical versus nonsurgical treatment for diabetic patients with osteomyelitis of the foot remains subject to debate," Dr. Eric Senneville, of Dron Hospital, Tourcoing, France, and colleagues write. They add, "It was traditionally thought that these infections could not be treated without resecting the infected bone."

Read more: Bone Biopsy Improves Medical Therapy of Diabetic Foot Osteomyelitis

Combination Low-Dose DFMO and Sulindac Reduce Recurrence of Colorectal Adenomas

Combining low-dose difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) and the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) sulindac lowers the risk for recurrent colorectal adenomas.

The results of the phase 3 randomized trial, which were reported here at the American Association for Cancer Research 2008 Annual Meeting, showed that among patients who received the active drug combination, there was a 70% decrease in all adenomas and a 92% reduction in advanced adenomas. A 95% reduction in multiple adenomas was also observed.

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