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California representatives to the ASA with the Alabama Cup.
Of particular interest to California Anesthesiologists are
the actions that the ASA is taking on scope of practice
and payment issues. The House of Delegates Handbook
contained reports from the President, Chief Executive
Officer, and Administrative Council that addressed all
these topics in detail, including past activity, progress
made to date, and the roles of each of these important
issues in the ASA strategic plan.
Medical title misappropriation is being addressed by
the ASA on multiple fronts at local and national levels.
An example of the local efforts is the successful efforts
of the ASA and the New Hampshire Society at the New
Hampshire Supreme Court in preserving the use of the
term " anesthesiologist " for only individuals licensed
to practice medicine. At a national level, the ASA has
a public and stakeholder education campaign that is
underway to maintain the accurate use of medical titles.
Foremost in this effort is facing the challenge of the
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' " nurse
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anesthesiologists " campaign and the renaming of their
society. The ASA has allotted $500,000 as of March
2021 to this initiative and convened a summit of leaders
from multiple medical specialties with the AMA to
address the issue.
The ASA continues its major effort to preserve payment
for anesthesia services through the Payment Progress
Initiative. Dr. Beverly Philip, ASA President, and Dr.
Randy Clark, ASA President-elect, addressed this
program in their comments to the House of Delegates.
A special educational session took place on Monday
afternoon with presentations from Beverly Philip,
ASA President, Jeff Mueller, ASA Vice President for
Professional Affairs, and presenters from California:
Michael Champeau, ASA First Vice President, Neal
Cohen, Chair of the Section on Professional Practice,
and Johnathan Pregler, Chair of the 33% Problem
Workgroup.

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