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ADVOCACY

Practice Management
Committee Update
Christopher G. Tirce, MD, FASA

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his year, the Practice
Management Committee
(PMC) continued to dedicate
our efforts to providing financial,
operational, management, and
leadership resources while
fostering connectivity and
discussions on important issues for anesthesiologists in
California. In addition to providing our redesigned website,
offering more organized and updated information and
articles, we also built and launched the new CSA Online
Community. This community website offers discussion
boards for individual districts, as well as practice
forums, and is designed to bring together thoughtful and
coordinated commentary. You can access information on
everything from COVID resources and planning to group
management, regional contracting activity, scope creep...
just about any topic of concern to CSA's membership.
With our new website format, we were also able to quickly
build out a separate COVID Resources page at the onset
of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. We uploaded up-to-theminute, accurate, and accessible information for practices,
as the rapidly evolving pandemic created new obstacles
seemingly every day. This page was updated with news
alerts, financial assistance information for practices as
well as residents, operations information for surgical
decision making, prioritization, and resumption, PPE
resources, and information and resources for physician
wellness. A big thank you to all the hard-working members
of the PMC who helped in gathering and posting all of this
important information on a daily and sometimes hourly
basis during a challenging time for all of us.
Our work on the other sections of the website is also
growing. Headed by PMC Vice Chair Todd Primack, MD,

FASA, the Resident Subcommittee of the PMC has
also continued to add and develop a fantastic series of
original articles and resources for our resident members
on transitioning to practice. In addition, we have added
several original opinion and editorial pieces to the site,
which we hope to grow over the coming weeks and
months. We've also begun development on the Leadership
section of the site. Headed up by Drs. Gerard Dang, Jeff
Kwok, and Puja Trivedi, a cornerstone of these leadership
resources will be video interviews from academic and
private sector leaders in California on a wide range
of topics. It will also include a leadership mentoring
program, as well as links and reviews to some of the more
common leadership programs and courses available to
anesthesiologists.
Lastly, I want to point out some of the other ongoing
resources of the Practice Management website that we
maintain for the membership. These include educational
resources, news articles relevant to anesthesia in
California, and a Top Issues page that is updated with
many of the legislative and practice advocacy issues
that we are a regular part of through the Legislative and
Practice Affairs Division. This year, these topics include
AB 72, AB 2157, AB 5, nurse anesthetists, and AB 890.
My sincerest thanks to all the members of the PMC who
have given their time and energy to creating a meaningful
and dynamic resource for our members. I would also like
to thank Antonio Hernandez-Conte, MD, MBA, FASA, (LPAD
Chair) and Sunny Jha, MD, (Legislative Affairs Chair) for
their continual support of our efforts. They are amazing
collaborators, and are truly dedicated to the success of
this organization and its members.

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