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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! Reference document on quality of VA anesthesia care

As the Nursing Handbook has been transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review as a proposed regulation with an expected publication soon, all members are encouraged to read ASA's document outlining that physician-led anesthesia provides safe, high-quality care Veterans have earned and deserve, and then comment at www.SafeVACare.org.

Read ASA's Document.

CSA 2016 Elections are Now Open!

In anticipation of CSA's upcoming House of Delegates Meeting June 4 - 6 in San Francisco, we would like to inform you that CSA elections are now open for several positions.

Please view our Nominations and Elections page to download the ballots and vote.



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 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

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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A Perfect San Francisco Weekend
By Uday Jain, MD, PhD

Perfect weather redoubled the fun for the anesthesiologists and their families who attended the CSA’s Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops, held in San Francisco from April 14 to 17. The Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf proved to be a delightful venue, with shops, restaurants, and the famous Ghirardelli Square within a few blocks of the hotel.  Nearly 20 percent of the attendees were from outside California, and six percent traveled from other countries for the occasion.

Johanna Schwarzenberger, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, chaired the program, and organized it admirably with her team. The program began with three concurrent pre-conference workshops on Thursday afternoon, providing hands-on, small group teaching. Kristine Breyer, MD, led the workshop on perioperative ultrasound and echocardiography, while Vivek Kulkarni, MD, PhD, and his colleagues provided clinical scenarios for training in thoracic anesthesia. Ed Mariano, MD, MAS, the CSA’s Assistant Speaker of the House, and his group focused on techniques of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks with an emphasis on avoiding common pitfalls and ensuring patient safety.

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Upcoming CME Meetings

Jun 4 - Jun 6, 2016
CSA House of Delegates and Board of Directors Meeting

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

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

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