CSA Bulletin March 2005

January-March 2005 - Volume 54, Number 1

Editor's Notes
"Cost Containment and Quality of Care: The Illusory World of Magical Thinking"
By Stephen Jackson, M.D., Editor

President's Page
"Why Join the CSA? What CSA Membership Can Do For You!"
Linda J. Mason, M.D., CSA President

Executive Director's Page
"HIT, EMRs and PHRs"
By Barbara Baldwin, M.P.H., CSA Executive Director

Legislative & Practice Affairs
"Department of Managed Health Care Action against Health Net May Signal New Era"
By David E. Willett, Esq., CSA Legal Counsel

"Medi-Cal Enrollment Eased for Some Anesthesiologists"
By William E. Barnaby, Esq., CSA Legislative Counsel

"GASPAC Honor Roll"
By William E. Barnaby III, Esq., CSA Legislative Advocate

Winging It at the Westin
"ASA Interim Board Meeting"
By R. Lawrence Sullivan, Jr., M.D., ASA Director California

J. Kent Garman, M.D., M.S.
"2005 CSA Distinguished Service Award"
By Stephen Jackson, M.D.

Remembering Bob Matsui
By Thomas A. Joas, M.D., CSA Past President

The Elephant in the Closet
"Clandestine Population Based Experimentation Under the Guise of Cost Containment"
By W. Andrew Kofke, M.D., and Michael A. Rie, M.D.

Graphic - Elephant in the Closet

Figure 1 - Benefit per Cost Diminishing Return
Figure 1 for "The Elephant in the Closet" above.

American Pie
By Steffie Woolhandler, M.D.

Commentary on American Pie
By Kenneth Y. Pauker, M.D., Associate Editor, CSA Bulletin, and Director, District 13

Degrees of Danger
"How Smarter Energy Choices Can Protect Our Health in California"
By Nancy Evans from Physicians for Social Responsibility

The Anesthesiologist and the Arts
"Fallacies and Useful Truths ..."
By Peter L. McDermott, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of History, California Lutheran University; ASA Past President, 1993; CSA Past President, 1984-85

Pain Management CME Program: Module 5
"Complex Regional Pain Syndromes"
By Joshua P. Prager, M.D., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine at the David Geffin School of Medicine at UCLA 
Figures 1, 2 and 3 are included below in a separate file.

Figures for Module 5

Arthur E. Guedel Memorial Anesthesia Center
"C.S.U. 'Over Sixty' Program"
By H. Barrie Fairley, M.B., B.S.

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