Texas Society of Anesthesiologists

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    Welcome to Texas Society of Anesthesiologists


    It shall be the purpose of the Texas Society of Anesthesiologists to advance, promote and support the practice of the medical specialty of Anesthesiology in the State of Texas.

    The TSA is a voluntary, non-profit association of over 3300 members interested in the medical specialty of Anesthesiology and it is a component of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

    TSA provides CME programs; advocates at the legislative, regulatory and legal arenas; and through its representation at the ASA, TMA and AMA  it insures that TSA’s voice is heard at the state and national levels.

  • Ray Callas, M.D.

    TSA President Dr. Ray Callas

    addresses the

    43rd Session of the TSA House of Delegates

    Read his address (pdf) 

  • Asa C. Lockhart, MD, MBA

    2019 Physician Fee Schedule Updates

    By Asa C. Lockhart, MD, MBA

    In this installment, I will briefly review the proposed revisions to the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) that will be finalized in November, APM updates, a couple of emerging options for proceduralists, and some "summer surprises."  The conversion factor will be $36.0463 for RBRVS codes and $22.2986 for anesthesia, which is a 0.25% update but offset by a budget neutrality adjustment of -0.12% resulting in an actual 0.13% update.  What a windfall! CMS is proposing to update supply and equipment pricing gradually over four years, create a single indirect practice expense per hour of $136.34 for E/M services, and seeking ways to better reflect specialty and state-level professional liability insurance (PLI) relative values into the PLI RVU component.  There are also proposal requests to recognize and integrate telecommunication between both patients and physicians, removal of the requirement to document medical necessity of providing a home visit rather than in the office, and eliminating the prohibition on same day E/M visits by physicians with the same group or medical specialty. 

    Read the rest of the article

  • Anesthesia News of Interest

    CHRISTUS Spohn Health System recently terminated its contract with Gulf Shore Anesthesiology, a group of 30 physician anesthesiologists and 15 nurse anesthetists, who provided anesthesia services for the patients of CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi for over 60 years. CHRISTUS Spohn replaced that group with EmergencHealth, LLC. 

    In a memorandum announcing the selection of EmergencHealth as the contracted anesthesia provider for CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, Justin Doss, President, described EmergencHealth as a ". . . national firm with ties to local providers."  According to filings with the Texas Secretary of State, EmergencHealth, LLC was formed on May 2, 2017 by Dr. Erich S. Schoen-Kiewert, a family practice/emergency physician practicing in Corpus Christi.  Later in 2017, Dr. Jeffrey Link, a Dallas emergency physician with a specialty in pulmonary medicine was named manager of the company and its registered office was moved to a law firm in Dallas.  But, the mailing address of EmergencHealth was last reported as a residence in Southlake, Texas.

    According to information published on the Texas Medical Board website, neither Dr. Schoen-Kiewert nor Dr. Link have practiced the medical specialty of anesthesiology.  EmergencHealth, LLC advertises a specialty in anesthesiology. Read More 

  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award:

    H.A. Tillmann Hein, M.D.

    Saturday, September 8, 9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

  • TSA gratefully acknowledges Pacira Pharmaceuticals and US Anesthesia Partners for their sponsorship of the TSA 2018 Annual Meeting:


TSA Member Spotlight


Bhaskar Padakandla, MD

Vice-President of the Denton County Medical Society


Jeremie Perry, MD

Texas Medical Disclosure Panel


Elizabeth Rebello, MD

Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Comittee of the Foomd and Drug Administration (FDA)


Girish P. Joshi, M.D.

SAMBA Distinguished Service Award


Scott Lindberg, MD

At-large member of the OPTN/UNOS Membership and Professional Standard Committee


Kevin W. Klein, MD

UT Southwestern Institutional Service Award Recipient
136th President of the Dallas County Medical Society


Thomas J. Oliverson, MD

2017 Freshman of the Year Texas House of Representatives


Shannon Hancher-Hodges, MD

Member Harris County Medical Society Medical Legislation Board


Charles E. Cowles, Jr., MD

Secretary Harris County Medical Society

Chair Harris County Medical Society Ethics Board


Mary Dale Peterson, MD

Vice President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists


Jaideep H. Mehta, MD

Chair Harris County Medical Society Socioeconomics Board


Gerald R. Callas, MD

Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees

Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation Member

AMA Medal of Valor


Sherif Z. Zaafran, MD

President Texas Medical Board

Chair Harris County Medical Society

HHS Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (PMTF)


Aaron Calodney, MD

Outstanding Pain Physician 2018 by the New York & New Jersey Societies of Interventional Pain Physicians


Bhaskar Padakandla, MD

Vice-President of the Denton County Medical Society


Jeremie Perry, MD

Texas Medical Disclosure Panel


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September 5-8, 2019,
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