Dear ISA members:

A sincere thank you to all of the ISA members for your continued support of the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. Our membership continues to grow with new active and educational members. ISA serves our members by fulfilling the ISA mission of promoting patient safety, medical education, and advocacy.


In promoting continuing medical education, ISA offers its members continuing medical education through the ISA Annual Meeting, Practice Management Meeting, and Women in Anesthesiology. The 2019 ISA Annual Meeting, under the leadership of Dr. Sandra Kinsella and the Education Committee members, Drs. Boyer, McNiece, Nakata, Sadhasivam, Sim, and Yu, has an exceptional list of speakers and hands on workshop. As a member benefit, the cost of the Annual Meeting has been greatly discounted to just $50 for members.


Following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, a Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Dr. William McNiece. Dr. McNiece has been a great mentor and a leader within ISA and ASA for many years. Please join me in honoring Dr. McNiece on this special evening of celebration. More information regarding the Annual Meeting and the Distinguished Service Award will be in the following paragraphs.


ISA members continue to show how important advocacy is today. We have seen many challenges including the scope of practice, out of network billing, liability insurance costs, and many others. The work of advocacy never stops. I encourage every member to become more active in your local, state, and national advocacy efforts. We have to show our value to the CEOs, legislators, and patients. Be actively involved in your hospital committees and participate in ISA and ASA. You can start today by donating to the ISA and ASA PACs. Donating to the PACs should be the minimum that every ISA member should and be able to do. Don’t wait for someone else to do all of the heavy lifting. Thank you to all of those that have already donated in 2019. If you have yet to make your donations in 2019, follow the links to make your donations now: https://isahq.net/members-sub1/ and https://www.asahq.org/advocacy-and-asapac/asapac.


During the 2019 ISA Annual Meeting, Anesthesia Consultants of Indianapolis will be awarded the inaugural Indiana Cup for having the most members donating, highest percentage of donors, and most dollars donated to the ISA PAC in 2018. 83 ACI members donated $17,430 in 2018! Encourage your group and partners to donate to the ISA PAC to earn the coveted Indiana Cup in 2019.


ISA has joined the “Raise it for Health” coalition in Indiana. The initiative seeks to raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack. A number of ISA members will be at the State Capitol to urge legislators to pass this important bill this year. Please consider joining your colleagues at the State Capitol on January 30, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Here is a link for more information: http://raiseitforhealthin.com/


On January 31, 2019, ISA will host a Day at the Capitol from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an advocacy day for the ISA during the Physician Anesthesiologists week, January 27, 2019 – February 2, 2019. In 2018, Governor Holcomb proclaimed the week as Physician Anesthesiologist Week. In 2019, it’s our hope that both the House and the Senate will proclaim January 27, 2019 – February 2, 2019 Physician Anesthesiologists Week. Dr. Corinna Yu, ISA Board member, has kindly volunteered to serve as the Doctor of the Day at the Capitol on January 31. Thank you, Dr. Yu. Please consider joining us at the Capitol even for few minutes. The more members we have, the greater our voice.


Thank you to Drs. Channing Park and Oliver Montoya. The ISA website has undergone major renovations. Over the next several months, they will continue the upgrade by adding more content and notifications. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any suggestions or comments. Click on the link to view the new webpage: https://isahq.net/.
Please do not hesitate to contact me at ssim@orthoindy.com or any of the Board members if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,


Seung B. Sim, M.D., FASA

President

Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists

 

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