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The California Society of Anesthesiologists is a physician organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of the profession of anesthesiology, to fostering excellence through continuing medical education, and to serving as an advocate for anesthesiologists and their patients.

ALERT: The VA has released a proposal that would end physician-led care for U.S. veterans. Read an urgent update from ASA President Daniel Cole, MD on what you can do to help.

The Department of Veterans Affairs just released the proposed rule to grant so-called "full practice authority" to all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists, to practice on their own - without physician oversight, supervision or direction - in all states and in all VA facilities regardless of state nursing licensure.

Starting today, the new rule is in the Federal Register and open for public comment for the next 60 days. Visit www.SafeVACare.org today to submit your comments. Together, we can still help prevent this policy from becoming a reality, and ensure that America's brave men and women receive the highest quality health care.

CSA 2016 Election Results are In! 

Please view our Nominations and Elections page to view the results.

CSA and ASA - Two key organizations, one annual invoice

In the next few weeks, you will receive an invoice from the American Society of Anesthesiologists, billing you for 2016 membership dues for both ASA and CSA. You will not receive a separate invoice next spring for CSA dues.

Formally known as "unified billing," this new combined invoice has been in the planning stages for nearly two years. Your CSA Board of Directors believes strongly that unified billing with ASA is in the best interest of CSA as an organization and of you, our members.

To learn more about unified billing and how it will benefit you, please click here.

Hot Topics

Letter to the Editor: Veterans’ access to safe care, June 21

En Espanol: Cedars-Sinai anesthesiology resident Cesar Padilla, MD, discusses epidurals and dispels the myth within the Latino community that they are not safe, May 18

Pain specialists are on front lines in war on opioid abuse, May 18

Don’t be ashamed to receive an epidural during childbirth. Here’s why, May 10

ASA Releases Primer on MACRA Proposed Rule, May2

Effect of Performance Deficiencies on Graduation and Board Certification Rates: A 10-yr Multicenter Study of Anesthesiology Residents, Apr 28

Counterfeit Norco Poisoning Outbreak, Apr 27

House and Senate Appropriations Bills Support ASA Position on VA Nursing Handbook, Apr 22

Opioid Crisis: Scrap Pain as 5th Vital Sign?, Apr 14

ASA Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on the VHA Nursing Handbook, Apr 6

Calif. Law Would Require Oral Surgeons to Be More Open About Anesthesia Risks, Apr 5

F.D.A. Toughens Warning Labels for Some Opioid Painkillers, Mar 24

U.S. Hospitals are Getting Hit by Hackers, Mar 23

Physicians Halt Out-of-Network Legislation in New Hampshire, Mar 22

CDC Releases Final Opioid Guideline for Chronic Pain; Addresses ASA's Concerns about Recommendation on Post-Surgical Pain, Mar 22

Florida Legislature Sends Governor Out-of-Network Payments Legislation, Mar 22

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Address Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Mar 22

Opting Out of the Federal Rule Requiring Physician Supervision Does Not Increase Access to Anesthesia Care, Study Finds, Mar 22

Medicare Part D Prescriber Enrollment Requirements Delayed: Prescribers Must Enroll by August 1, Mar 22

CMS Publishes Results from Second Year Implementation of Value-Based Payment Modifier, Mar 22

CMS explains change to 2016 conversion factors, Mar 22

Safety, Not “Sharing,” Must Guide Visitor Policies for Cesarean Surgery, Jan 20

CRNA Profession at a Crossroads, Jan 19

Is Anesthesia Safe For Children? - Straight Talk MD podcast with Paul Yost, MD, Jan 18

Blood test may predict how quickly patients recover from surgery, Dec 3

AAP endorses statement on researching safety of anesthetic use, Dec 3

Why Did the Medicare Conversion Factor Go Down for 2016 When MACRA Said It Would Go Up by 0.5%?, Dec 3

New Senate VA Bill Includes APRN Provisions that Compromise Patient Safety, Nov 11

How Proposed New Rules Could Change the Anesthesia Care Team, Oct 20


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Anesthesiology: More than intubating and propofol
By Daniel Orlovich, MD, PharmD

Editor’s Note:  Did you ever wonder what medical students think when they start their first anesthesia rotation?  It must seem overwhelming. Daniel Orlovich, then a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine, wrote down these observations about his first days on our side of the ether screen. For me, his essay is a great reminder of how remarkable everything looks through fresh eyes, and how every new task may be a learning experience. Dr. Orlovich is now about to begin his anesthesiology residency at Stanford. We hope he will keep us posted on his progress!

“How’s she doing?”

The attending anesthesiologist asked me that question about the intubated and unconscious patient on the operating room table.

“Well…”  I crossed my hands. Up to this point in medical school, every patient or parent I met was able to speak to me. But there was no chance I could ask this patient a question. I couldn’t even start an H & P.

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Upcoming CME Meetings

Oct 31 - Nov 4, 2016
CSA 2016 Fall Anesthesia Conference

Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2017
CSA 2017 Winter Anesthesia Conference

Apr 27 - Apr 30, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting

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