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Welcome to CSA-Online.org

The Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) is a physician organization committed to patient safety, educational advancement, and providing the best possible anesthesia care to our patients. The CSA is a statewide organization of anesthesiologists which serves as a resource for patients, physicians, and the public by defining and advancing the standard of anesthesia care and supporting the practice of anesthesiology in the state of Colorado.

Members of the public are welcome to utilize this website as a resource for information on the medical specialty of anesthesiology. Some sections of the site are available only to the members of the CSA. Members can LOGIN to the Members Only section to service your membership and to access current information on professional and legislative issues.


AANA withdraws financial support to the APSF

This past week the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Board of Directors decided to no longer provide financial support to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). The AANA board objected to APSF’s decision to publish a summary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia” in its February 2019 APSF Newsletter. This 2018 WHO standards policy, unanimously approved by the countries represented in the United Nation’s World Health Assembly, provides countries with guidance on how to improve anesthesia patient safety globally. ASA and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists championed the acceptance of this important patient safety document… Read more.

Colorado Pain Society - Letter to Governor Polis

Hello Colorado Pain Supporters,

Please be aware that CRNA’s are applying for privileges for interventional pain at Centura facilities, and the governor is looking to allow complete independent practice of CRNA’s in Colorado. We are asking you to write your own letters to the Governor if possible.

Click here to download the letter from the CPS Board of Directors.

Thank you,

Kevin Smith, MD

CPHP needs your help to protect physician confidentiality

We need your urgent help. In November 2018, the State of Colorado (specifically the Department of Regulatory Agencies) issued their Request for Proposal (RFP) for the physician peer assistance/health program provider, which is done every five years. Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) bid for this State contract to provide physician peer assistance (as we have successfully done since the first offering in 1991).  Within the bidding process CPHP became aware that the State was asking to eliminate the confidentiality afforded physicians and physician assistants who seek care… Read more

Letter from Senate Majority Leader to Joint Budget Committee

Please click on the link below to read the letter from Senate Majority Leader, Chris Holbert, to the Joint Budget Committee regarding the proposed cut to Medicaid anesthesia services payment rates.
Chris Holbert’s Letter

Button battery ingestion by toddlers can be catastrophic

Nationally, the number of major complications and deaths following BB ingestion in children has increased seven fold over the last decade or so. Click on the link below to hear the Updated Button Battery Ingestion Guidelines.
https://www.openanesthesia.org/subspecialty/pediatric-anesthesia/

Meetings & Events

26th Annual Anesthesia Symposium and CSA Annual Meeting

The 26th Annual Anesthesia Symposium & the CSA Annual Meeting is designed to provide the practicing anesthesiologist with current information and discussion on the latest developments in the field of Anesthesiology. Distinguished faculty from across the country has been chosen to provide insight and expertise on topics and procedures the Anesthesiologist encounters in practice.

The conference is provided through the joint providership of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Colorado Society of Anesthesiologists.

SAVE THE DATE

26th Annual Anesthesia Symposium and CSA Annual Meeting

June 15-16, 2019

The Broadmoor | Colorado Springs, CO

News & Announcements

AANA withdraws financial support to the APSF

This past week the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Board of Directors decided to no longer provide financial support to the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF). The AANA board objected to APSF’s decision to publish a summary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia” in its February 2019 APSF Newsletter. This 2018 WHO standards policy, unanimously approved by the countries represented in the United Nation’s World Health Assembly, provides countries with guidance on how to improve anesthesia patient safety globally. ASA and the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists championed the acceptance of this important patient safety document… Read more

Colorado Pain Society - Letter to Governor Polis

Please be aware that CRNA’s are applying for privileges for interventional pain at Centura facilities, and the governor is looking to allow complete independent practice of CRNA’s in Colorado. We are asking you to write your own letters to the Governor if possible.

Click here to download the letter from the CPS Board of Directors.

Thank you,

Kevin Smith, MD

CPHP needs your help to protect physician confidentiality

We need your urgent help. In November 2018, the State of Colorado (specifically the Department of Regulatory Agencies) issued their Request for Proposal (RFP) for the physician peer assistance/health program provider, which is done every five years. Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) bid for this State contract to provide physician peer assistance (as we have successfully done since the first offering in 1991).  Within the bidding process CPHP became aware that the State was asking to eliminate the confidentiality afforded physicians and physician assistants who seek care… Read more

Annual ASA report to the ASA House of Delegates from ASA Director for Colorado, Randall M. Clark, MD

Please click the link below to read Dr. Clark’s report:

Dr. Clark’s Report

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