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Federal Legislative / Regulatory Issues

The CSA's advocacy efforts are led by the Legislative and Practice Affairs Division (LPAD), the CSA Board of Directors, and ultimately our members. Bryce Docherty of KP Public Affairs advocates on the CSA's behalf on state legislative and regulatory activities affecting patient safety and the practice of medicine by CSA members. They carry the CSA's message to legislative and state leaders, and track and report on state legislation affecting anesthesiologists, pain specialists and critical care practitioners.

CSA works closely with our colleagues at the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Chicago and in Washington, DC, to advocate for the interests of anesthesiologist at the federal level, before Congress and the administration. 

VHA Nursing Handbook

CSA actively participated in the SafeVACare initiative, accounting for over 7,000 comments to the SafeVACare.org website. CSA members placed several stories and opinion pieces in major California newspapers and electronic media. These included two statewide publications, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles News Group. Many CSA members spent time communicating with our Congressional representatives in Washington during the ASA Legislative Conference, by phone and email, and during district visits. CSA leaders were instrumental in obtaining co-signatures on the Benishek-Brownley letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, urging the retention of the care team concept and the current policy directives in the VHA Nursing Handbook. The following members of the CA congressional delegation signed onto the latest (June, 2016) Benishek Brownley letter on this issue: Julia Brownley, D-CA-26, Jackie Speier, D-CA-14, Jim Costa, D-CA-16, Mimi Walters, R-CA-45, Jared Huffman, D-CA-02, Judy Chu, D-CA-27, Mike Honda, D-CA-17, Jeff Denham, R-CA-10, Ted Lieu D-CA-33, Alan Lowenthal, D-CA-47, and Ami Bera, D-CA-07.

ASA Annual Legislative Conference

CSA Board Members and other advocates regularly participate in ASA’s annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC where they meet with members of the California Congressional delegation, other members of Congress and the Administration and staff to discuss issues of critical importance to the profession of anesthesiology. 

For information on the 2016 ASA Legislative Conference, please click here.