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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.

Proposed Changes to VHA Nursing Handbook Would Replace Physician-Led, Team-Based Surgical Anesthesia Care With Nurse-Only Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently attempting to adopt a new “VHA Nursing Handbook,” which would abandon the VA’s proven model of physician-led, team-based surgical anesthesia care and replace it with a nurse-only model of care.

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CSA 2016 Winter Anesthesia Conference 

Thank you to all of the exhibitors at this year's Winter Anesthesia Conference.

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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

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

CMS Issues Final Rule in Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment, Nov 17

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

Clash in the Name of Care, Nov 1

Rudeness in Medical Settings Could Kill Patients, Nov 1

Leading Anesthesiology Educators Give Some Sound Advice, Oct 23

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

Scope of Practice Legislation To Fight Another Day, Oct 16

California doctors’ lobby group pushes agenda with swagger, Oct 16

Technological Innovations To Promote Patient Safety, Engagement, Oct 13

Two Essential Things to Do if You Suffer From Chronic Pain, Oct 13

No Opioids Before and After Surgery, Sep 30

CMS Issues MACRA RFI, Sep 28

Osteoporosis: A silent assailant turned me from physician to patient, Sep 25

UnitedHealthcare Settles Underpayment Lawsuit, Sep 14

Nitrous Oxide for Labor: Choose Wisely, Sep 14

Now is The Time for Acute Pain Medicine Specialists, Sep 14

A Perioperative Approach
 for Pediatric Asthma, Sep 8


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Advocacy in Action: A Key Legislator Visits UCLA
By Karen Sibert, MD

The CSA capped off Physician Anesthesiologists Week 2016 with a visit by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, hosted by James Moore, MD, CSA President, and Johnathan Pregler, MD, a CSA past president.

Mr. Ridley-Thomas represents District 54, which covers a wide swath of Los Angeles County including Westwood, the UCLA campus, and Culver City, and is bounded on the northeast by Western Ave. and the I-10 freeway.

As a member of the Assembly Committee on Health, Mr. Ridley-Thomas is keenly interested in the problem of access to health care in California. Last year, he worked with CSA to spearhead the introduction of AB 890, a bill that would have allowed certified anesthesiologist assistants (CAAs) to practice in California. This legislation passed out of the policy committee with bipartisan support, but unfortunately has stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Upcoming CME Meetings

Apr 14 - Apr 17, 2016
CSA 2016 Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops

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

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

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