Gasline Newsletter February 2007

Volume 8, No. 9

CSA/CMA Legislative Day

On Tuesday, April 24, the CSA/CMA Legislative Leadership Day will take place in Sacramento. The program includes CMA lobbyists discussing the legislative agenda for 2007-2008 as well as guest speakers. Following lunch, attendees visit their legislators at the Capitol. Appointments must be made in advance.

CSA members are urged to attend this event. The CSA will have reserved tables and CSA members who join the CSA delegation (rather than sitting at your county society tables) may be reimbursed for mileage and/or 14-day advance coach airfare.

All CSA members are urged to meet with your representatives in their local district offices, even if you cannot attend the legislative day. You can look up your representatives by going to Your Legislature online and entering your home zip code. A slide show orientation is on the CSA Web Site in the professional and practice issues area on the legislative/regulatory issues page to help you prepare for your visits. Talking points specific to anesthesiology are also posted. Contact Barbara Baldwin if you wish to be part of the CSA delegation.

Payment and Stipend Survey Coming

In 2003 the CSA conducted a survey of stipends and payments for clinical and administrative anesthesia services. We learned much from the survey that was of use and interest in negotiations and justification for payments.

A follow-up survey will be sent before March 1 that includes more refined questions and seeks information on areas of interest to anesthesiologists in today's practice environment.

CSA Members, please instruct your billing service or practice manager to respond on behalf of your group. The more anesthesiologists are represented in this survey, the more powerful the results.

GASPAC Needs Your Help For A Seat At The Table!

The future of healthcare and medicine is at a crucial crossroad. The universal care plan proposed by Governor Schwarzenegger has received national and international attention. It also has spawned a raft of other legislative proposals that could seriously impact your patients and the way you practice medicine.

While making healthcare more accessible is a laudable goal, it simply cannot succeed by diminishing the central role of physicians in patient care. And the central role of medical doctors is clearly at stake in many of the pending proposals.

If you are not a GASPAC member, we urge you to join your fellow members now for a suggested donation of $200. If you are a resident, or cannot afford $200, any donation is helpful. And finally, if you are a member who has already donated and can afford to assist further, we ask that you do—and we thank you for your continued support! A contribution to GASPAC is an investment in your practice, your profession's future and in quality patient care. For more information, go to the CSA Web Site.

CSA Elections

Elections will begin next week. Watch for your ballots in the mail! Don't forget that you can vote online if you wish. Districts 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, 13 and 14 will have elections for delegate slots that are open.

CSA/UCSD Annual Meeting and Clinical Anesthesia Update

This year's meeting will be held in San Diego at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina from May 31 through June 3, 2007. Registration fees have been reduced for CSA members. Brochures were mailed recently and include the CME program, governance, hotel and other information. Saturday afternoon is free this year so attendees and their families can enjoy the San Diego area. Star Destinations, a tour company, will be available to help everyone make the most of their visit. Registration for the seminar is available online at the CSA Web Site.

Mark A. Singleton, M.D.