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ASA Director's Report
By	Linda	Hertzberg,	MD,	FASA	|	ASA	Director

T

he August meeting of the ASA Board of Directors
(BOD) offers a preview of issues that will be
subject to discussion, and potentially controversial, at
the ASA House of Delegates (HOD). The ASA HOD
meeting in October in Boston held true to form in
continuing the discussions from the BOD.

Administrative Affairs
There has been great deal of discussion about resident
dues and the appropriate amount to charge for this
category. A recommendation had been made to raise
resident and fellow dues from $25 to $50 effective
2019. This was opposed by the resident section and
several BOD members at the August ASA BOD
meeting. A few directors (myself included) voted
against the proposal. Our primary concern was the
impact increased dues could have on recruiting the
next generation of members. Despite our objections,
the recommendation passed and went to the HOD for
final disposition. There was extensive and passionate
discussion in the Administrative Affairs Reference
Committee regarding the increase in resident/fellow
dues. Ultimately the Reference Committee supported
the BOD recommendation to raise the resident dues
to $50 annually. The HOD, however, had different
ideas and went with a recommendation to raise the
resident dues from $25 to $30 annually.
Funding for the ASA delegation to the AMA was
another source of controversy, as this has been
a large expense item in the past and the expense
compensation for these meetings has not conformed
to the usual ASA standard. Ultimately a compromise
was reached, and the matter will be referred to a
committee of the President's choice for further
deliberation.

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A sunset of the Committee on Future Models
of Anesthesia Practice after October 2017 was
recommended; this was referred to the Committee on
Governance Effectiveness and Efficiencies (CGEE)
for consideration of the committee's future function
within the ASA. In the meantime, Aman Mahajan,
MD, PhD, of UCLA is the new chair of this committee
as it continues to explore different practice models and
population health.
The President Elect's Report contained the update of
the ASA Strategic Plan, titled ASA2020 Strategic Plan.
The plan contains seven strategic pillars, each with its
own identified strategies over the near future. These
pillars are:
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Advocacy
Quality and Practice Advancement
Educational Resources
Member Experience
Health Systems Leadership
Organizational Excellence/ Internal
Operations
Organizational Excellence/Growth and
Business Development

Specific ASA Officers and staff are assigned as
responsible for each pillar.

Professional Affairs
A long-anticipated update to the Practice Guidelines
for Moderate Procedural Sedation and Analgesia
was considered and approved at the ASA August
BOD. The prior version of this document is one of
the most frequently viewed and downloaded on the



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