11 Reasons to Join the TSA
Members of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists receive the following benefits:
The TSA Bulletin is published biannually and informs TSA members of current scientific, legislative and economic issues involving anesthesiology.
Past Bulletins have included information on Manipulation under Anesthesia, Pondimin (fenfluramine hydrochloride), the Medicare policy on Monitored Anesthesia Care, and other areas of interest and concern.
TSA's Statement of Policy regarding Scope of Practice for CRNA's, and "The Scope of Practice of Anesthesia" were published in 1996 and have been utilized by members throughout the State who are increasingly experiencing problems with scope of practice and hospital staff regulations.
Many other items of interest appear in the current issue of the Bulletin, (available in the Members Only section of this site).
CME Programsare offered at the Annual Meeting in September and the Interim Meeting held in conjunction with the Texas Medical Association's annual meeting held in the spring.
Patient Information. You may refer patients to the TSA Website for ASA patient information brochures translated by the TSA and now available in both English and Spanish.
Legislative and Legal Advocacy remain extremely important in maintaining constant vigilance and in preparing to defend patient safety by countering the efforts of CRNAs, advanced nurse practitioners and other non-physicians seeking to gain independent practice.
Bonnie Bruce, Director of Governmental Affairs; Mr. Jaime Capelo, TSA Legislative Consultant; Mr. Clayton Devin, TSA Legal Counsel join with TMA and ASA in educating Congress and State legislators on scope of practice issues and have thus far been successful in defeating these non-physician efforts.
Of course, this is an ongoing situation and protecting patient safety and care will continue to be challenged in the legislative arena and in hospital board rooms.
TSA Committees offer unlimited opportunities to become actively involved in studying, discussing and recommending action on numerous scientific, legislative, administrative, and other anesthesiology-related issues.
Serving on committees is an excellent way to get to know your colleagues around the state and country and to become better informed on issues of mutual interest and concern.
The TSA Newsletter is published each spring to announce the Interim Meeting, House of Delegates election results, and to advise members of actions taken by the Board of Directors of the TSA and of the ASA.
Representation at ASA, TMA and AMA insures that TSA's voice in state and national decisions and in organized medicine is heard. The TSA is the third largest component of the ASA.
TSA membership levels must continue to grow to assure an adequate number of delegates and strong representation at meetings of state and national organizations.
House of Delegates Reference Committee Hearings provide all TSA members with the opportunity to express their views and recommendations on issues before the committees to be presented to the House for action and adoption as policies of the TSA.
The House of Delegates meets at the September Annual Meeting.
The Office-Based Anesthesia (OBA) Committee continually monitors and keeps TSA Membership updated on rules changes to OBA. The Texas Medical Board OBA rules are accessible on the TSA website.
The TSA Website Website is the latest means of providing information to TSA members and is regularly updated to serve as a valuable, informative resource.
The TSA Office e-mail address is .
- A program Sponsoring Residents from each of the Texas anesthesiology programs to attend the Annual Meeting was implemented in 1998.
The above is an outline of the main categories of membership benefits and services.
Please send your suggestions, comments, questions, complaints, etc., to the TSA Office at . Your input will assist us as we strive to constantly improve services for TSA members.
TSA Committee on Membership
Texas Society of Anesthesiologists
401 West 15th Street, Suite 990
Austin, TX 78701