Gasline Newsletter April 2009

Volume 10, No. 11

CSA Annual Meeting

Come to the most beautiful meeting of land and sea on earth! The 2009 Annual Meeting and Clinical Anesthesia Update will be held May 15-17 in Monterey, home of the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, some of the most spectacular golf courses in the country, and much more. Carmel, with its fabulous restaurants and galleries, is just a few minutes away. The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.

The educational program features lectures on timely topics including Acute Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, and more. Myer (Mike) Rosenthal, M.D., from Stanford will deliver the annual Leffingwell lecture, and R. Lawrence Sullivan, Jr., M.D., will be awarded the CSA's Distinguished Service Award.

The CSA House of Delegates will also meet on Saturday, May 16, as a part of the Annual Meeting. The House of Delegates is open to all CSA members, and there is no need to register for the educational program to attend the session. This year’s House will include an address by ASA President-Elect Alex Hannenberg.

Information is also available by contacting the CSA office at 650-345-3020, 800-345-3691, or (fax) 650-345-3269.

Help Other CSA Members with their Questions—Visit the CSA Discussion Forum!

The CSA online discussion forum is now up and running. The forum provides a venue, similar to those offered by many commercial entities, for the development of a virtual community in which CSA members can express their opinions and engage in online dialogue with other members. So far, three discussion threads are in progress, two relating to CSA governance and one submitted by a member with questions regarding compliance with Medicare Validation surveyors' demands that all opened drugs, including volatile anesthetics, be discarded at the end of the day.

Response to the opening of the new online community has been tepid thus far, since I doubt many members have even thought about “dropping in” to see what's being discussed. Please stop by, particularly to respond to other members' requests for information or help. It's easy, and it's fun. The Forum page is located in the “Members Area” section of the Web site but can also be easily accessed via a single click from the home page. Instructions for posting comments are available on the Forum page, as are the rules that prevent violations of good taste and federal antitrust legislation.

New threads will be developed as suggested by members' interest. Although any member can post a comment to an existing thread, CSA Board members and Bulletin editors have been designated as Forum Editors and will be responsible for the editing and posting of new threads. Members wishing to post a new topic and begin a new discussion thread should contact any of the Forum Editors or the CSA office staff.

Visit the forum at Hopefully, the forum will become an important resource for all California anesthesiologists.

CMA Legislative Day

The California Medical Association held its annual legislative day on Tuesday, April 14, at the Sacramento Convention Center. CSA cosponsored the event, with several of its leaders, including President-Elect Linda Hertzberg, Immediate Past President Virgil Airola, Treasurer Narendra Trivedi, LPAD Vice Chair Thelma Korpman, CEO Barbara Baldwin and myself in attendance.

With the still unresolved budget crisis dominating the scene in Sacramento, and with potentially overarching federal healthcare reform initiatives in the offing, legislators in Sacramento have not been particularly focused on California healthcare issues. A notable exception is the attempt to increase the federal contribution to California's Medi-Cal program.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg addressed the meeting, offering his view of the current scene in Sacramento. The speech, along with a visit by Assembly Speaker Karen Bass to CSA's LPAD meeting last November, has given CSA leaders clear insight into the thoughts of the leaders of both houses of the California Legislature, particularly regarding the degree to which the state's financial woes are dominating the political landscape.

ASA Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

The annual ASA Legislative Conference will take place May 4-6 in Washington, D.C. The CSA delegation to the conference consists of CSA leaders and other CSA members who have developed relationships with their elected federal legislators. The attendees will hear presentations by a variety of administrative and legislative leaders on federal healthcare topics, and will spend the final day lobbying with their representatives on Capitol Hill. It was this conference, and the lobbying associated therewith, that ultimately led to ASA's victory in overturning the Anesthesia Teaching Rule last year. Any CSA member with a close relationship with his or her federal legislator, i.e., senator or congressional representative, and who is interested in attending future ASA Legislative Conferences should contact the CSA office.

CSA Fall Hawaiian Seminar

Don't miss the CSA's Fall Hawaiian Seminar, October 26-30, 2009, on the garden isle of Kauai. CSA is offering a world-class scientific program in one of the most gorgeous locations on earth. Bring the family and earn CME in the morning, and play in paradise in the afternoon. Topics will include:

What We Can Learn From Closed Claims in Obstetric Anesthesia
Echocardiography for the Non-Cardiac Anesthesiologist
Sugammadex: Do We Need It? Will We Get It?
Depth of Anesthesia and Awareness
Prevention and Management of Pediatric Cardiac Arrest
New Options to Optimize Labor and Cesarean Delivery Analgesia
How to Avoid a Lawsuit
CSA Presidential Farewell

Since my term as President of the CSA will come to an end at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in Monterey, this will be my final Gasline. I want to thank you all for your readership, and I sincerely hope that you have found these monthly updates to be of some value. Although it's been a lot of work, it's been an honor being your President for the last year. I wish you the very best in all your endeavors.

Michael W. Champeau, M.D. President

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