ISA Fall Conference
November 1 & 2, 2019
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
Welcome Dr. Michael Grant
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Grant will be headlining our ISA 2019 Fall Conference in Iowa City. Michael Grant, MD is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. A lifelong resident of the state of Maryland, Michael initially completed an undergraduate degree in Neurobiology and Physiology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He subsequently transitioned across town to Johns Hopkins University to complete his residency in Anesthesiology, where he won the Frank L. Coulson, Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. This was followed by fellowships in both Cardiothoracic Anesthesia and Surgical Critical Care.
He will be presenting two lectures, "Guidelines Development and How it Aids (& Abets) in ERAS Protocols," on Friday evening and "The Anesthesiologist's Influences on ERAS," on Saturday morning.
Other Key Lectures
We are excited to offer other important lectures including:
- Pediatric Chronic Pain
- Pacemakers and the Perioperative Period
- Implementing Care Bundles in Obstetrics
- PBLD Session, and
- Two rotating simulations: Regional Anesthesia Demonstration and Point of Care Ultrasound
The full agenda is available here.
Registration and Hotel Information
All fees include registration, dinner on Friday evening, breakfast, lunch and breaks on Saturday, instruction and educational materials, and CME credit reporting.
Anesthesiologists (ISA Member) - $50
Anesthesiologists/CRNAs (Non-Member) Fellows, Residents, SRNAs - $150
Fellows, Residents - No Charge
Registration is available by clicking here.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Iowa House Hotel (attached to the Iowa Memorial Union). To reserve in this block, mention that you are attending the Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists/ UI Anesthesia meeting. The code for rooms is 9850. You can reserve a room in this block by calling 319-335-3513. The block will be released on Friday, October 25th.
ASA 2019 Legislative Conference
The ISA had a strong contigent of officers, directors and residents that attended the 2019 ASA Legislative Conference. Members were able to discuss key healthcare issues with our Iowa Congressional delegation including out-of-network billing and Medicare for All.
Iowa Dental Board Updates Anesthesia Rules
At their meeting last week, the Iowa Dental Board voted to update their anesthesia rules.
This rule making updates requirements for providing moderate sedation, deep sedation and general anesthesia in dental offices. This rule making specifies the conditions under which the administration of the sedation services may be performed by another health care provider, such as an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist.
This rule making establishes a requirement for training in the monitoring of patients under moderate sedation, deep sedation or general anesthesia. Due to the increased risk of these levels of sedation, the training would allow an option to focus on additional training in observation of a patient under sedation and prepare staff to recognize signs of an adverse reaction or occurrence.
This rule making establishes a prohibition of the use of drugs intended for deeper levels of sedation from being employed for the purposes of moderate sedation. This rule making clarifies the facilities and locations subject to inspection and the equipment required to be maintained at each facility where moderate sedation, deep sedation or general anesthesia, or all three, are performed.
A copy of the rules is available here.
Iowa Pharmacy Board Rules
During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Iowa Code was amended to require the electronic transmission of all prescriptions as of January 1, 2020. The amendments to the Iowa Code provided exemptions for prescriptions which will not be required to be transmitted electronically. The amendments provided that a prescriber, medical group, institution, or pharmacy that is unable to comply with the electronic prescription mandate may petition the Board for an exemption.
A prescriber, medical group, institution, or pharmacy seeking an exemption beginning January 1, 2020, shall submit a completed petition no later than October 1, 2019.
The amendments required the Board to adopt rules to establish the form and specific information to be included in a request for such an exemption and the specific criteria to be considered by the Board in determining whether to approve a request for exemption. This rule making implements the electronic prescription mandate.
A copy of the rules is available here.
ISA Board Members on WHO | July 2016
Dr. Scott Paulsen, ISA President, and Dr. Frank Cassady, ASA State Director, recently participated on the Simon Conway radio show on WHO. They discussed concerns with the VA Proposed Rule to allow all ARNPs to practice independently within the VA system. They stressed that Veterans deserve, and have earned the right to receive, the best medical care possible. Additionally, they highlighted the fact there is no shortage of physician anesthesiologists in the VA system and that the current team-based model of anesthesia care is serving Veterans safely and effectively.
To listen to the interview, go to: http://tinyurl.com/j6evhj9 and scroll down to the first link, “Simon Conway Show 7/13 Hour 2” and click on the play button.