Anesthesia Practices See Major Financial Hit as Physician Anesthesiologists Pivot During COVID-19 to Treat Patients in Critical Care and ICUs, ASA Survey Highlights

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.

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ASA Urges Secretary Azar to Implement a Moratorium on Health Insurer Contract Cancellations and Reinstatement of Cancelled Physician Contracts

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.

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ASA Urges Administration to Take Steps to Ensure Continued Patient Care, Provider Safety During COVID-19

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.

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Anesthesia professionals at high risk for exposure to COVID-19 should wear most-protective masks

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, 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). These include diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures.

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ASA, APSF and AANA Issue Joint Statement on Use of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic

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.

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AANA, ASA and APSF Issue Joint Statement on Use of Personal Protective Equipment During COVID-19 Pandemic

As anesthesia professionals are at an increased risk of exposure in caring for patients diagnosed with COVID-19, the AANA, the ASA, and APSF issued a joint statement today on the best use of personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

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