Gasline Newsletter August 2010

Volume 12, No. 4

Opt-out Decision Delayed

The CSA/CMA lawsuit scheduled to be heard on August 23 has been delayed until October 8. In mid-August the California Association of Nurse Anesthetists made its own motion for summary judgment motion and the hearing was set for November 2. In addition, the Attorney General's office was planning to file its own motion for summary judgment which would be set for hearing even later in November. CSA and CMA agreed to combining all three parties' motions and holding the hearing on October 8.

In the meantime, CSA and CMA legal counsel will be preparing our replies to CANA's and the Attorney General's oppositions to our motions as well as oppositions to their motions. We will keep you apprised of developments.

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New Executive Office Staff Member

CSA has filled the newly-created position of Manager of Communications and Electronic Media. Michelle Bussenius will join the CSA staff team on Tuesday, September 7. Michelle's hire is the culmination of nearly two years of strategic planning with the goal of making the CSA website a dynamic venue of greater value to members. In addition, CSA's electronic communication functions are being expanded and improved with social networking capabilities. Michelle's first task will be to work with the implementation team to roll out the latest web upgrades, which will be launched in late September or early October.

Michelle has a Master's degree in Technical Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor's in Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Michelle worked for over three years in various communication capacities at Stanford and one year at Princeton as Manager of Web Publications and Communications, in the office of Undergraduate Admissions. Michelle returned to the Bay Area in February and worked briefly at San Jose State University before her department was downsized due to budget constraints. Their loss is our gain!

Please join us in welcoming Michelle to CSA!

2010 CSA Fall Hawaiian Seminar

Registration is open for CSA's 2010 Fall Hawaiian Seminar, November 1-5, in beautiful Kona, Hawaii. Ronald Pearl, M.D. chairs a program of fascinating speakers and topics you will not want to miss. Find out more and register online.

Summer 2010 CSA Bulletin Online

The Summer 2010 Bulletin is available here! This online issue features the CSA's first full use of PDF Book Marks and Titles to bring you directly to the article(s) of your choice. Here are just some of the important stories the CSA Bulletin Editors have worked to bring you!

Remarks from the CSA Immediate Past President, Linda B. Hertzberg, M.D., and CSA President Narendra S. Trivedi, M.D., to the CSA House of Delegates
The New Workers' Compensation Fee Schedule and How It Will Affect You
The 2010 Primary Election Results: What does this mean for CSA and its members?
The ASA, CSA and Revised CMS Interpretive Guidelines For Hospital Conditions of Participation
CSA's New Pediatric Anesthesia CME Program Module 1: Sickle Cell Disease
CSA Bulletin Survey

ASA Annual Meeting in San Diego

This year the ASA meets in San Diego for its 2010 Annual Meeting, October 16. Up to 40 CME credits can be earned with a variety of offerings. CSA Past President Edgar Canada, MD chairs the Local Arrangements Committee, and activities include a Welcome Reception for all registered attendees Saturday night at PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres. For information and registration, see

UCLA CME Program

Registration is now open for the UCLA Department of Anesthesiology's annual symposium, Anesthesiology Update 2010 on November 13 in Los Angeles. Course offerings include sessions on ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, controversies in pediatric anesthesia, and implications of cardiothoracic disease in anesthesia care. For a program brochure, please click here. Registration is limited, so for more information or to register, click here or call the UCLA Office of Continuing Medical Education at 310-794-2620.

UCSF Simulator Course

The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Simulation Center has openings for its November 20th MOCA simulation course and will schedule several more in 2011. For more information, please see their website, or call the Simulation Center Administrator, Armando Leiva at 415-206-3250

Narendra S. Trivedi, M.D.

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