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View our collection of links to various healthcare professional organizations, leading publications, and resources relating to healthcare reform.

Professional Organizations

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) 
American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 

Anesthesiologists: Physicians providing the lifeline of modern medicine. Founded in 1905, the American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association with 46,000 members organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient. www.asahq.org

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)

ASPAN represents the interests of nurses who practice in preanesthesia and postanesthesia care, outpatient surgery, and pain management settings.  Its mission includes producing evidence-based research, promoting education, optimizing patient care, establishing national standards, and serving as an advocate for perianesthesia nurses. www.aspan.org

Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) 

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) represents the interests of more than 160,000 perioperative nurses, including 40,000 members. It is committed to increasing awareness of advances in patient and worker safety in the OR setting, as well as public policy issues that may affect operative and other invasive procedures. www.aorn.org

College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving CIOs and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 members and over 87 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. www.cio-chime.org

Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 

Leading Publications

American Journal of Nursing 

The American Journal of Nursing (AJN) is the leading voice of nursing since 1900 and the most recognized nursing journal in the world. AJN has received more awards for editorial excellence and dissemination of information than any other nursing publication. www.ajnonline.com

CIO Magazine 

Serving chief information officers and other IT leaders, CIO.com, CIO magazine, CIO Executive Programs, CIO Custom Solutions Group and the CIO Executive Council are produced by CXO Media, an award-winning business unit of International Data Group. CXO Media also produces sister publications CSO magazine and CSOonline.com, for chief security officers and other security executives. www.cio.com

Health Leaders 

HealthLeaders Media is the proud winner of 10 American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors awards for 2010–including Magazine of the Year. Additional awards include five Gold Awards, one Silver Award, and three Bronze Awards. www.healthleadersmedia.com

Healthcare Informatics 

Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy. Articles on patient safety, point-of-care tech & HIE analysis. www.healthcare-informatics.com

Healthcare Purchasing News
Modern Healthcare 
Nursing Management 
OR Manager 

The premier source for information on management of surgical suite for over 25 years, OR Manager provides monthly publications and online subscription service, an annual conference, webinars, and other publications for perioperative OR directors and others concerned with the management of the OR. www.ormanager.com

Industry Recognitions

Anesthesia Quality Institute

The AQI was created by the American Society of Anesthesiologists to be the primary source for quality management in the anesthesiology profession through the creation of the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR). www.aqihq.org

Healthcare Reform

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services. AHRQ was formerly known as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. www.ahrq.gov

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, abbreviated ARRA and commonly referred to as the Stimulus or The Recovery Act, is an economic stimulus package enacted by the 111th United States Congress in February 2009 and signed into law on February 17, 2009, by President Barack Obama. www.thomas.gov/home/approp/app12.html

CMS offers researchers and other health care professionals a broad range of quantitative information on our programs, from estimates of future Medicare and Medicaid spending to enrollment, spending, and claims data, and a broad range of consumer research to help its partners and staff. CMS also conducts demonstration projects to explore alternative policies of health care coverage and delivery. These demonstration projects typically cover a limited timeframe, geographic area, and scope of coverage. www.cms.hhs.gov

Drummond Group Inc., the trusted software test lab, provides effective and efficient testing for healthcare information technology vendors. As an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB), Drummond Group works closely with healthcare software vendors to certify EHRs for use by providers that are looking to qualify for incentive funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). www.drummondgroup.com/html-v2/ehr-companies.html

The mission of the Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel is to serve as a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors for the purpose of achieving a widely accepted and useful set of standards specifically to enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications, as they will interact in a local, regional and national health information network for the United States. www.hitsp.org

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care.  ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was created to jumpstart the economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. HHS is responsible for the implementation and management of health and human service Recovery Act programs. healthit.hhs.gov/portal/server.pt

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to oversee the expenditure of Recovery funds and bring transparency and accountability to the process.  The Board consists of a chairman, Earl E. Devaney, and 12 federal Inspectors General.  The Board runs the Recovery.gov website that provides information on the Recovery initiatives and spearheads an accountability effort that involves both federal and state investigators and enforcement official. www.recovery.gov