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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.

Special Elections – Director for District 11 and District 13

Please view our Nominations and Elections page for more information.

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.

The conference brochure is out now! Click the image above to view the event page.

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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President’s Blog July 2016
By Mark Zakowski, MD

I’d like to share some thoughts on what the future holds this year as I finish my first six weeks as President of the CSA.

First of all, my goal is for CSA to be the leader for patient safety in California. I am so proud that CSA’s House of Delegates on June 5 unanimously passed the first-ever “Patient Safety Bill of Rights”, which promotes patient safety and uniform standards of care across the continuum from sedation through general anesthesia.

This resolution supports one goal:  that all anesthetics administered in every location apply the same standards of care that physician anesthesiologists developed, are known for, and use every day.  Anesthesiology, after all, is the only medical specialty to be singled out for significantly improving patient safety in the landmark 1999 Institute of Medicine report, “To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System”. .

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Upcoming CME Meetings

Sep 16 - Sep 18, 2016
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