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The Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists is a statewide organization representing over 1,400 anesthesiologists and allied health providers. OSA promotes improved communication among its members and the advancement of anesthesiology within the medical profession. The OSA is a state affiliate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). OSA publishes a newsletter, which includes timely information about legislation and regulation.

The OSA Annual Meeting is held in the fall in major Ohio cities. Throughout our site you will find the latest news and information surrounding the role of anesthesiologists in the state of Ohio. We hope to foster communication among our members and various state and local agencies, and emphasize the importance of anesthesiologists in today’s complex medical environment.

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Beth Minzter, MD, MS OSA President

Hello to summer!  I hope everyone has had a chance to enjoy the warmer weather that’s finally arrived in Ohio.

It has been a very active year for the Ohio legislature.  This has translated into an exceedingly busy year for our chief lobbyist, Willa Ebersole, for our OSA officers and ASA director, and for Lisa Rankin, an additional lobbyist who’s been assisting Ms. Ebersole and OSA.   Collaboratively we have been working hard all year to fend off various legislative maneuvers which threaten to dismantle the care team model which helps ensure safe anesthesia care for our patients.

Willa and Lisa have been working hard at the Statehouse in their advocacy for physician-led anesthesia care.  The CRNAs continue to push for independent practice per the legislative language of HB191 and its Senate correlate SB 301, the intent of which is to afford CRNAs the ability to practice and prescribe independent of physicians.  These bills are sponsored by Rep. Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Sen. Jordan (R-Delaware) respectively.  SB 275, sponsored by Senator Burke (R-Marysville), offers a more moderate approach to modifications in CRNA authority.  SB 259 as introduced aims to expand scope of practice for physician assistants and OSA has raised concerns regarding this legislation.  Please read Ms. Ebersole’s “Statehouse Report” on page ____ of this issue for a more in-depth review of current legislation and our related advocacy efforts.

During the winter months OSA hosted regional meetings in each of OSA’s districts to increase awareness and grassroots advocacy efforts.  Thank you to Willa for her travel, time, and energy – often during miserable weather – as she presented current Statehouse affairs pertinent to anesthesiologists and Ohio patients and fielded questions and answers afterwards.  Thank you also to Dee, Willa’s colleague and fellow lobbyist, who met with over 20 residents in the Cleveland area and updated them in a similar fashion.  We appreciate all the OSA members who participated in and attended each of these regional gatherings.

On the national level, OSA officers and several OSA members recently returned from the ASA Legislative Conference and Capitol Hill visits, during which we informed our federal legislators about various issues related to anesthesia care, including the impact of drug shortages on patient care and effective methods to modify opioid use.

I remind you all again that these are YOUR issues.  We need your help and involvement to navigate this legislative minefield successfully.  Please renew your OSA membership – it’s easy to do online with ASA all at one time.   Please contact our OSA office at 614.784.9721 or osa@osainc.org if you need any assistance.

Political actional committee (PAC) contributions are vital in order for our voices to be heard at the state and national levels.  We urge you to donate to OSA PAC and to ASA PAC, as both voices are crucial! 

In conclusion, I’m looking forward to our annual meeting this September.  Registration this year is free and part of your OSA membership benefits.  We would love to see you all at Easton in Columbus on September 21-23, 2018 for our 79th Annual Conference and Anesthesia Update.  It promises an excellent program with CME credits and networking opportunities with colleagues and friends.  Please come and join us!

 

To all – safe and happy summer days!

- The OSA Mission

Anesthesiologists are a Patient’s Lifeline…

We Promote the Highest Standards of Patient Care and Safety
We Foster Excellence through Education
We Advocate for Our Patients

– The Ohio Society of Anesthesiologists

Board of Directors

President: Beth Minzter, MD
President-Elect: John Rogoski, DO
Vice-President: William Glenn, MD
Secretary-Treasurer: Michael Hawryschuck, MD
Assistant Secretary-Treasurer: Erica Stein, MD
Immediate Past President: Daniel Grum, MD

Contact the board:
Email: osa@osainc.org
Phone: 614-784-9721
Fax: 614-784-9221