Gasline Newsletter July 2010

Volume 12, No. 3

Communications Initiative and Website Upgrades

On Saturday, July 17 the CSA board approved a reorganization of the CSA communications department, which includes the creation of a new Communications Manager position. The manager will move the CSA's communications forward, devoting significant attention to utilizing the web upgrades in process and optimizing the use of social networking.

Proposed Compensation Fee Schedule

The state Division of Workers Compensation is proposing a conversion to RBRVS codes and unit values, which are used by all private and most government payers. CSA made comments on the DWC's public online forum, noting that the proposed conversion factor for anesthesia services is set at the 1984 level of $34. The CSA will strongly oppose the proposed conversion factor with detailed comments when the DWC announces public hearings on the fee schedule.

CSA Bulletin Survey

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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.

SB 726 - Corporate Practice of Medicine Legislation

The most significant and contentious legislation currently involving CSA, SB 726, the bill pushed by hospital trade groups and a large public employee union to weaken the bar against the corporate practice of medicine, is back in the Senate for final action. Because of substantive Assembly amendments, SB 726 is on the August 4th calendar of the Senate Rules Committee to decide whether to send it to a policy committee for analysis or to allow it to go directly to the Senate floor for a final up or down vote. If the decision is a direct floor vote, CSA members may be asked to contact their Senator and urge a No vote on SB 726 to protect the doctor-patient relationship from undue corporate influence. An alert from CSA will be forthcoming as soon as the Senate Rules Committee acts.

UCSF Simulator Course

The UCSF Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care Simulation Center is offering two MOCA simulation courses in 2010 and will schedule several more in 2011. While the September class is currently filled, there are openings for November 20th. For more information, please see their website, or call the Simulation Center Administrator, Armando Leiva at 415-206-3250.

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
Narendra S. Trivedi, M.D.

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