The Iowa Society of Anesthesiologists is a statewide association for practicing anesthesiologists, providing membership information, links, legislative issues, newsletters and more. ISA is dedicated to the safety of Iowa's surgical patients.
ISA is a component society of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. ISA was incorporated in 1965 as a voluntary, non-profit association of physicians interested in the practice of anesthesiology.


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ISA 2020 Spring Conference
Saturday, April 4, 2020

Holiday Inn and Suites West Des Moines - Jordan Creek West Des Moines, IA




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.

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 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

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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: and scroll down to the first link, “Simon Conway Show 7/13 Hour 2” and click on the play button.


What is Anesthesiology?

Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery.

The education of today's anesthesiologists has kept pace with their expanding role in offering the highest quality health care available anywhere in the world. After completing a four-year college program and four years of medical school, they enter a four-year anesthesiology residency training program. Fellowships in an anesthesia subspecialty and in education or research may also be taken for an additional year.
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