Administrative Update  |   February 2018
The Future of ASA: A Call for Continued Grassroots Action
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  • Linda J. Mason, M.D.
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Education / CPD / Pain Medicine / Advocacy and Legislative Issues / Quality Improvement / Administrative Update
Administrative Update   |   February 2018
The Future of ASA: A Call for Continued Grassroots Action
ASA Monitor 02 2018, Vol.82, 6-7.
ASA Monitor 02 2018, Vol.82, 6-7.
During the past year, as ASA’s First Vice President, I have enjoyed many opportunities to travel to state component societies and meet so many ASA members in your own home states. These invaluable trips allowed me to observe and participate at the true grassroots level. As I completed this year, I did so carrying vivid impressions and guidance you have graciously given me with regard to core priorities and expectations of our members.
So, let’s talk about our shared vision for the future.
Repeatedly, our members point to advocacy as our society’s highest priority. Accordingly, as the new year begins, we intend to build upon the successes of last year’s advocacy initiatives. ASA’s partnership with our state components shows what we can accomplish together. Examples include the successful SafeVACare initiative or various state initiatives that ensured patients’ continued access to physician-delivered and physician-led anesthesia. We can also be proud of our work on out-of-network payments, more accurately described as “surprise insurance gaps,” and on innovative ideas to address the opioid abuse crisis. Like every physician organization, we continue to be challenged by changes to our Medicare payments. While we experienced some setbacks, we also made some advances, including working with our surgical colleagues to halt the implementation of the ill-conceived new fee schedule professional liability values. The anesthesiaconversion factor for 2018 increased from 2017. And we continued to make progress to ease the burdens of MACRA implementation for our members.
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