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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.


CSA 2014 Annual Meeting & Workshops

We are excited to announce our new educational format providing high-quality lectures on topics of relevance to anesthesia practitioners at all levels of experience.  Attendees can look forward to four days of intensive educational tracks, Workshops, and panel discussions, allowing for a customized learning experience. Learn More.
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Hot Topics

Medicare Releases Billing Data - Anesthesiologists Among Lowest Ranked Specialties for Allowed Amounts, Apr 10

CMS News Release: Historic release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

CMS Fact Sheet: HHS Releases Physician-Level Medicare Data

ASA Chart of Specialties Ranked by Medicare‐Allowed Amount per Individual Physician

1% Of US Doctors Account For Over $10 Billion Of Medicare Billings, Apr 09

SGR Patch Legislation Signed Into Law, Includes ICD-10 Delay, Apr 03

Learn more about the ICD-10-CM/PCS transition

View ASA's posting on the CMS announcement about holding claims

Read a summary of the legislation that was signed into law

CMS to Release Medicare Claims Data, Apr 03 

Read the full CMS blog post

View the letter CMS sent to the AMA

Congress Passes California Medicare GPCI Fix, ICD-10 Delay And SGR Patch

Managing Pregnancy-Related Complications: An Interview With CSA Member Dr. Mark Zakowski, Apr 02

CSA Member And Assistant Secretary Explains Social Media For Physician Anestheiologists In ASA Newsletter And Shares Update On ASA Social Media Strategy, Apr 01

For 17th Time In 11 years, Congress Delays Medicare Reimbursement Cuts As Senate Passes ‘Doc Fix’, Mar 31

House Passes SGR Patch, ASA Opposes, Mar 27

Physicians Specializing In The Patient Experience, Mar 22

What Parents Should Know Before Their Child Has Surgery

Let Your Shopping Help Anesthesiologists Around the World - Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to ASA Charitable Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile; majority of proceeds help support Lifebox.

Early Preeclampsia Often Overlooked, Mar 14

ASA Joins Coalition Partners Opposing Proposed Expansion of CMS Authority over Prescribing Practices, Mar 14

House Passes SGR Repeal with Individual Mandate Offset, Mar 14

Accelerated Medical School Proposal Could Yield More Physicians, Less Debt, Mar 12

Aviation and Anesthesiology: The Importance of Training, Mar 8

FTC Releases Policy Paper on APRNs as U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major FTC Case, Mar 7

Is There a Doctor in the House? Yes, 17. And 3 in the Senate., Mar 7

Missouri House Approves Limits on Jury Awards in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits, Mar 5

California Doctors, Insurers Face Off Over Reimbursement Rates, Feb 23

LA Times Runs ASA’s Pain-Related News Release: What You Don't Know About Pain Can Hurt You, Feb 19

Editorial in Anesthesiology by CSA member Edward Mariano, MD: Adductor Canal Block for Total Knee Arthroplasty: The Perfect Recipe or Just One Ingredient?, Feb 18

Study: Adductor Canal Block versus Femoral Nerve Block for Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial

Kevin MD: 10 Things To Know About Anesthesia And Heart Surgery, Feb 15

Anesthesia Quality Institute [AQI] Introduces First Issue Of AQI Quarterly

ASA Successfully Nominates CSA Past President Johnathan Pregler, MD to the CMS Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment, Feb 14

Learn more about the CMS Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment

Drug Shortages Continue to Vex Doctors, Feb 10

Drug Shortages: Public Health Threat Continues, Despite Efforts to Help Ensure Product Availability [PDF] - GAO Report to Congressional Adressees, Feb 2014

Read more about FDA Releasing New Actions on Drug Shortages and Recognizing ASA Efforts, Nov 05, 2013

Learn more about the FDA Recognizing ASA’s Ongoing Work to Combat Shortages, Nov 05, 2013

Learn more about ASA’s Advocacy on FDASIA and Title X, Jul 12, 2012

Key Lawmakers Announce Bicameral Bipartisan Deal to Replace SGR, Feb 06

Review the Committees’ Section-by-Section of the SGR Reform Package

Study Suggests Misplaced Fears in Longer Childbirths, Feb 05

A finding that epidurals are associated with a longer duration in the second stage of labor indicates that doctors might need to wait more time before intervening with drugs, forceps or cesareans.

Study: Second Stage of Labor and Epidural Use: A Larger Effect Than Previously Suggested

Report Local Drug Shortages to AIRS



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The Problem of Pain: When Best Medical Advice Doesn’t Equal Patient Satisfaction

by Karen Sibert MD: 

The problem of pain, from the viewpoint of British novelist and theologian C. S. Lewis, is how to reconcile the reality of suffering with belief in a just and benevolent God.

The American physician’s problem with pain is less cosmic and more concrete. For physicians today in nearly every specialty, the problem of pain is how to treat it responsibly, stay on the good side of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and still score high marks in patient satisfaction surveys...

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Upcoming CME Meetings

Apr 24 - Apr 27, 2014
CSA 2014 Annual Anesthesia Meeting & Workshops

Jun 7 - Jun 8, 2014
CSA 2014 House Of Delegates Meeting

Oct 27 - Oct 31, 2014
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