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HIPAA Audits – It’s Real This Time
On March 21, 2016, OCR announced its Phase 2 Audit...
5 Tips for Pain Management with Opioids
Millions of Americans take prescription pain medications called opioids....
Weekly Legislative Report: February 5, 2016
Click Here to View the Legislative Report: Weekly Legislative...
Leapfrogging State, St. Louis County Becomes First Jurisdiction to Enact Prescription Program
CLAYTON • St. Louis County on Tuesday became the...
Missouri House Considers Expanding Overdose Medicine Access
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A drug that treats heroin...
Battle Over Prescription Drug Monitoring Renewed for 2016 Missouri Legislative Session
Dueling versions of legislation would each create a prescription...
Doctor Shopping of Prescription Drugs Remains a Scourge in Missouri
Rep. Holly Rehder Missouri is facing a prescription drug...
In 35 States, Young People Are Dying From Drug Overdoses at Double the Rate
The rate has increased in every state in the...
ASA Proud Partner in Efforts to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic
CHICAGO – Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)...
St. Louis’ Heroin Problem: How Did We Get Here and How Do We Stop It?
(Part 1 of 3) – On an April morning in...
Anesthesiologists switch to ongoing certification
The American Board of Anesthesiology says it will retool...
MSA Members Attend 2015 ASA Legislative Conference in DC
In the video above, Missouri physician anesthesiologists attend the...
New Post-op Pain Management Technique Cuts Need for Opioids
An Orthopedic Surgeon-Fueled Opioid Epidemic A report by the Journal...
Our Opinion: Study quantifies link between painkillers and abuse
A new study helps trace the origins of prescription...
High-frequency spinal cord stimulation yields higher patient satisfaction: 5
SCS is administered with a small device that is...
In Survey, Anesthesiologists Support Perioperative Surgical Home Model
HONOLULU, HAWAII—There is strong agreement among respondents to a...
Emergency Rooms Crack Down On Abusers Of Pain Pills
Kimberley Enyart was never interested in doing recreational drugs....
New $2.6 million grant targets expectant mothers requiring cesarean section in Kenya
In an especially underserved region of western Kenya, expectant...
Researchers determine best anesthesia option for infants
Chicago – May 14, 2015 – Infants undergoing some...
Time for Missouri prescription drug monitoring program is now
With the Missouri legislative session entering its final week,...
New machine could one day replace anesthesiologists
TOLEDO — The new machine that could one day...
Missouri governor signs limits for medical malpractice cases
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon...
Missouri Legislature Sends Tort Reform Package to Governor’s Desk
The 125-27 roll call Tuesday by which the Missouri...
Missouri House OKs broad access to heroin overdose treatment
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Supporters say a measure...
Dispelling the myths: 10 questions about ICD-10 answered for anesthesiologists
In a Communique article, Darlene Helmer, vice president of...
Missouri Senate Approves Monitoring Prescription Drugs
Doctors Oppose Online Nursing Certificate for Spinal Injections – Not Safe to Change Law
VIDEO: Missouri Senate Gives First Round Approval to Prescription Drug Monitoring
Legislators aim to curb abuse of pharmaceuticals in Missouri with monitoring program
JEFFERSON CITY — In 2012, Missouri Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph,...
Missouri Senate backs caps on medical malpractice claims
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Senate on Tuesday gave...
Missouri House endorses lawsuit caps for medical malpractice
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri House is...
Missouri House Approves Measure to Track Prescription Drugs
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — House lawmakers gave initial approval...
VIDEO: Prescription Drug Monitoring Program holds public hearing this week
Health Care Groups Identify Potential Measures to Address Ongoing Drug Shortages
Newswise — As shortages of lifesaving medicines, including antibiotics,...
Lawsuit caps get renewed attention from Republican lawmakers
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nearly a decade after...
Report: Missouri residents use opioid painkillers high above national average
(KMOV.com) – In the upcoming legislative session, some Missouri...
MSA member Kaylea Boutwell, MD featured on FM NewsTalk
  Kaylea Boutwell, MD a physician anesthesiologist and interventional...
Penalties for Poor Medicare Quality Reporting Start Now
Starting in 2015, the small financial incentives associated with...
257,000 Doctors Will Get Medicare Pay Cut For Using Paper Records
More than 250,000 physicians and other health professionals are being notified...
Painkillers Lawsuit Against NFL Dismissed; may be appealed
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former...
Senate Confirms New Surgeon General
On December 15, the U.S. Senate voted 51-43 to...
Vial Size of Injectable Drugs Affecting Patient Safety and Medication Shortages
The FDA drafted new recommendations regarding the fill size...
New effort for a Missouri Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
A state representative has a personal reason to renew...
The great American relapse
An old sickness has returned to haunt a new...
Join your colleagues in Atlanta for PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2015
January 23-25, 2015 in Atlanta, GA Conference Highlights: Stanley...
Steps for Doctors and Patients To Make Anesthesia Safer
Looking to reduce and prevent dangerous complications from anesthesia...
ASA Member, Jerome Adams, MD, MPH new Indiana State Health Commissioner
First order of business? Managing the State’s Ebola response...
Anesthesia Complications drop by half in US
(HealthDay News) — Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have...
Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half, Study Finds
SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Anesthesia-related complications...
New Orleans Run For The Warriors honors post-9/11 service members
New Orleans — (October 12, 2014) The American Society...
See you in 2 weeks in New Orleans for ANESTHESIOLOGY 2014! Register HERE!
 Click HERE to Register! The ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting...
Accidental Awareness during Anesthesia may have long-term impact
For many people, undergoing surgery and other procedures that...
NEWS RELEASE: Supreme Court takes another bite out of Missouri tort reforms
With a new ruling that bypasses Missouri’s limit on...
Welcome to the new ASA TV!
Get ready to head to the Big Easy for...
Early bird pricing extended to September 7! Click here to register for ASA Annual Meeting in the Big Easy!
The early bird pricing for the ASA 2014 Annual...
Early Bird Registration Deadline for ASA Annual Meeting!
  Click HERE to register and receive early-bird pricing...
No evidence shows that nurse anesthetist care is as safe as physician-led anesthesia care
A recent literature review by the Cochrane Collaboration found...
UnitedHealthcare loses appeal of injunction in Medicare Advantage suit
A federal appeals court Friday rejected UnitedHealthcare’s request to...
Informatics Shows Pain Leads to Repeated Emergency Department Visits
The primary culprit in postoperative visits to the emergency...
Does Anesthesia Need Its Own NTSB?
San Francisco—When disaster strikes the aviation industry, the National...
Anesthesiologists Fight AHCA over New Rule
The Florida Society of Anesthesiologists this week filed a...
2015 Medicare Fee Schedule: 6 Proposed Changes Affecting Anesthesiologists
The Proposed Rule for the 2015 Medicare Fee Schedule...
VIDEO: Dr. Bob Onder Debates Opponents in Race for State Senate
Three Republican candidates running for a vacant State Senate...
Doctors Upset Over Skill Reviews
New Learning Requirement to Maintain Certifications Called Costly, Irrelevant...
The 10 most important anesthesiology articles ever published
Robert E. Johnstone, MD “Top 10” lists are popular....
Mark your Calendars for the 2014 ASA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA from October 11-15!
Click here to register for the 2014 ASA Annual...
ASA Lists Top 5 Procedures to Avoid
The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has released its...
ASA Congratulates Anesthesiology Assistants on AA Day
On behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, I...
ASA Applauds Introduction of Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act in House
On Friday, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-05) and Rep. Emanuel...
MSA Members Continue National Advocacy Efforts at the ASA Legislative Conference
Several MSA members recently attended the American Society of...
Gov. Heineman vetoes bill to ease restrictions on APRNs
By Martha Stoddard LINCOLN — Nurse practitioners will have...
E. Scott McCord, MD to receive Distinguished Service Award from MSA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mid-Missouri Anesthesiologist E. Scott McCord, M.D....
Indiana Governor Signs Anesthesiologist Assistant Licensure Bill
Newswise — INDIANAPOLIS – (March 25, 2014) Indiana Governor...
Membership Profile: MSA Resident Component President Catherine Jung, MD
Clinical Anesthesia Resident, University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC)...
Medical Malpractice bill gets final approval from House
March 05, 2014 / by Collin Reischman JEFFERSON CITY,...
Allowing Nurses to Administer Anesthesia without Supervision Does Not Save Patients or Taxpayers Money
Posted by Dave Berry Surveys repeatedly show patients want...
Restoring the balance to Missouri’s legal climate
Posted by Dave Berry By Brad Lager Elected officials...
Insurers Face New Pressure Over Limited Doctor Choice
Regulators, Lawmakers Look at Ways to Increase Number of...
Caps on medical malpractice lawsuits win OK from Missouri house panel
Posted by Dave Berry By Marie French JEFFERSON CITY...
At VHA, Doctors, Nurses Clash on Oversight
Anesthesiologists Balk at Proposal Easing Rules on Physician Supervision...
Anesthesiologists Urged to Reduce Opioid Prescribing
Posted by Dave Berry January 23rd, 2014 by Pat Anson, Editor...
Surveys repeatedly show patients want physicians in charge of their care
A young pregnant woman was in the hospital and...
Show Me Healthy Babies’ Heard in Committee
Representative Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring legislation to...
‘Show Me Healthy Babies’ Heard in Committee
Representative Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee’s Summit) is sponsoring legislation to...
Outlook for Hospital Anesthesia in 2014
Posted by Dave Berry Written by: Laura Miller North...
Experts: CMS Reimbursement Cuts Potentially Devastating to Pain Doctors, Patients
Pain physicians are voicing frustration and fear for their...
Medicare Auditors Urged to Check Doctors’ Total Billing to Prevent Fraud
Federal Watchdog Recommends Flagging Doctors Who Bill More Than...
Microsoft Executive to Oversee Health Website
By Colleen McCain Nelson WASHINGTON– The Obama administration on...
Missouri must do more to rein in Rx abusers
Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem, including in...
Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages
By MARSHALL GRIFFIN Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again...
Missouri 7th in nation in prescription overdose deaths (AUDIO)
October 10, 2013 By Bob Priddy A national study...
A Big Win for MSA, a Better Win for Patients
Over the last few weeks, Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists...
MSA Files Petition with State to Avert Severe Drug Shortage
The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) recently filed a...
MSA Releases Statement on the Use of Propofol in Lethal Injections
The Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) was recently alerted...
The Missouri Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants Launches a New Website
Explore the latest news about Anesthesiologist Assistants (AA’s) in...
Final Rules Released on Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
As of Tuesday this week, the Obama administration has...
Health Insurance Navigators Announced
As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health...
Status of Medicaid Coverage in Missouri
Missouri lawmakers chose not to expand Medicaid coverage during...
Engage Now, Engage Early
The first time I ever heard of the Missouri...
ASA Quality Meeting: Creating and Measuring Quality in Anesthesiology
Lydia Conlay, MD, Asserts That Drug Safety Education Is Essential
Lydia Conlay, MD, Asserts That Drug Safety Education Is...
MSA 2013 Annual Event Program – Click Here to View
Physician liability: When an overdose brings a lawsuit
Via American Medical News Doctors often face blame after...
Dueling Mo. Senate Bills Would Each Create A Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Study: Drug Monitoring Programs Have Added Benefit of Improving Patient Safety
A new study in Health Affairs found that state prescription drug...
MSA Past President Steve Smith, MD Appointed to Missouri Center for Patient Safety Board of Directors
Congratulations to Steve Smith! MSA Past President Steve Smith,...
NYtimes.com – F.D.A. Likely to Add Limits on Painkillers
Trying to stem the scourge of prescription drug abuse, an...
MSA Members Host Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler in St. Louis
Thank you for helping make MSA ASAPAC fundraising in 2012 a record year.
Prescription Drug Abuse: Diagnosing the Problem & Activating a Solution
By: Joseph Forand, M.D.-Past President, Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists...
Dr. Ben Lampert performs a Radiofrequency Facet Neuroablation
Pain relief treatments at the heart of dispute Can...
John D. Moore elected President of Tri-County Medical Association
On November 15, John D. Moore, M.D., was elected...
Painkiller Deaths Nearly Quadruple in a Decade
The number of deaths annually from overdoses of prescription...
ABA Part 2 Examination Video
This video will familiarize you with the Part 2...
New MSA Historian
Congratulations to Milamari Cunningham, M.D., of Columbia on her...
ASA Board of Directors
Congratulations to MSA Past President and Alternate ASA Director...
Archived Society News
MSA member Laureen Hill, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology...
MSA Cash Winners
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2011 Annual Meeting
52 actives, 2 retired, 4 residents, 8 AA-C, 20...
Medicaid Expansion Cost
ASA says the Medicaid Expansion in Health Law will...
Anesthesia Quality Institute
The Anesthesia Quality Institute is OPEN for business. We...
ASA Advocacy Conference
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Nurse Doctorate Exam
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    Missouri's Principal Voice For Anesthesiologists Welcome to the Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists web site. MSA members are a dynamic group of anesthesiologists dedicated to the betterment of the profession.

    On March 21, 2016, OCR announced its Phase 2 Audit Program.    With the alarming increase...

    Millions of Americans take prescription pain medications called opioids. While opioids control pain, they’re...

    Click Here to View the Legislative Report: Weekly Legislative Report: February 5, 2016

    • On March 21, 2016, OCR announced its Phase 2 Audit Program.    With the alarming increase in patient data breaches, OCR has felt intense pressure from Congress and The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to get this long delayed program underway.  Organizations subject to HIPAA need to take this development seriously, as it is a signal […]

    • Millions of Americans take prescription pain medications called opioids. While opioids control pain, they’re not without risk: each day 44 people die from opioid overdoses and 80 percent of those deaths are unintentional. Prescription opioid abuse and misuse have become epidemic, with more than 2 million Americans addicted to the pain relievers. However, opioids can […]

    • Click Here to View the Legislative Report: Weekly Legislative Report: February 5, 2016

    • CLAYTON • St. Louis County on Tuesday became the first jurisdiction in Missouri to enact a program aimed at monitoring the sale of prescription drugs, specifically the opioids experts call the entry point to heroin abuse. The unanimous County Council vote came hours after the Missouri House gave initial approval to a bill that would […]

    • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A drug that treats heroin overdoses could become easier to acquire in Missouri under legislation in the House. The House gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that allows pharmacists to sell naloxone, a drug that temporarily counteracts the effects of opiates. The drug currently requires a prescription. Bill sponsor Rep. […]

    • Dueling versions of legislation would each create a prescription drug monitoring program in Missouri, the only state that doesn’t have one. Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, pre-filed the House version of the bill Thursday, which would give doctors and pharmacists easy access to recent drug purchases by patients as a way to combat doctor shopping. “After Florida’s […]

    • Rep. Holly Rehder Missouri is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic, with dealers who sell to addicts from their own doctor-prescribed bottles. There’s no way for doctors in Missouri to know a patient already has a prescription, because the state does not have a prescription-drug database. With doctors in the dark, the most prevalent means […]

    • The rate has increased in every state in the last decade, yet few are doing much to prevent it. BY MATTIE QUINN | NOVEMBER 19, 2015 A mother in Ohio looks at pictures of her daughter, who died of a suspected heroin overdose. (AP/John Minchillo) In every single state, the rate of young people dying from drug overdoses increased […]

    • CHICAGO – Today, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) announced their participation in a government-led effort to address the opioid epidemic, part of ASA’s continued focus on patient safety and ongoing work to promote the safe use of prescription opioids. ASA is joined by a number of public and private sector partners in the efforts, […]

    • (Part 1 of 3) – On an April morning in 2014, Kelley McDonald woke up in her suburban St. Charles home and went downstairs to remind her son Sean to take his bipolar medication. “I go over to the couch and I kind of shake him and I’m like come on buddy you’ve got to take […]



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