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The ASA is also aggressively fighting the emergency
order in the VA system to allow nurse anesthetists
to work unsupervised. The ASA knows that having a
physician anesthesiologist involved in the care of a
patient is mandatory for patient safety.
Other advocacy issues include: CASPR (legislation to
help with payment for anesthesiologists who helped
during the pandemic in the ICU and throughout
the hospital); and Resident Debt Relief. Many
anesthesiology residents are significantly in debt
as the result of the cost of medical education. The
economic downturn has made this situation even
worse.

Summary
Humans are social creatures, and everyone misses
the camaraderie and networking that occur with
face-to-face meetings. We all miss the opportunity to
craft policy positions and give testimony in real time,
and the ASA will have to work to find a platform that
will allow its members to hold an effective virtual
House of Delegates. On the positive side, the virtual
format does work well for delivering state-of-the-art
techniques and information about the specialty we all
love and practice.

HOD Addendum
Since this report was filed, the ASA HOD reconvened
virtually on Sunday, December 13 to address the
agenda items that were not completed in October.
With help from former CSA President Dr. Christine
Doyle, a more robust Zoom platform was employed,
and new rules of order for the House were adopted
to accommodate the virtual nature of the meeting.
While debate and testimony on several important
issues took place, several delegates thought
that in-person House of Delegates meetings

and reference committees allow a better flow of
ideas and testimony about issues of importance
to anesthesiologists. Several actions were taken,
including the following:
1.	 A " Resolution on the COVID-19 Pandemic:
ASA Addresses the Systemic Life Imbalances
Anesthesiologists are experiencing " . This
resolution, authored by former ASA Director Dr.
Linda Hertzberg, urges support for women and
working parents, and calls for a committee and
report to the ASA at the March Board Meeting
to address issues such as the following: flexible
work and childcare options, long-term job
security, support for workplace re-entry programs,
and peer support networks. Text of the Resolution
can be found here.
2.	 Updated statements on fatigue and distractions,
which can soon be found on the ASA website
(final versions are not available at the time of this
report).
3.	 The House also passed several committee and
editorial board changes. The Committee on
Electronic Media and Information Technology
has evolved to the Committee on Informatics
and Information Technologies, with updates
to its mission and duties. The Committee on
Women in Anesthesia is now the Committee
on Women Anesthesiologists, with approved
mission, composition, and duties. The Committee
on Newsletter transitioned to the Editorial Board
for ASA Monitor and will be engaged in editing,
reviewing, and authoring content, as well as
contributing to the vision and direction of our
ASA Monitor.
Our speakers, Drs. Patrick Giam and Ronald Harter,
as well as ASA staff, did a great job of putting
together the first virtual House of Delegates for the
ASA.

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