Recent Postings

  1. The WVSSA will hold its Annual Educational and Business Meetings this weekend at The Greenbrier in White Sulfur Springs, WV. Both meetings are free for West Virginia anesthesiologists, and the educational meeting offers four hours of continuing medical education credit. See the end of this newsletter for the educational program.
  2. Robert Johnstone, MD represented West Virginia last weekend at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Board of Directors meeting. Some highlights, with other items to be discussed during the WVSSA business meeting:
    • Board members joined local dignitaries Saturday evening for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new ASA headquarters building. Everyone found the building bright, open, high-tech and beautiful, seemingly transplanted from Silicon Valley. The new building will help ASA recruit top employees and increase their productivity. The first floor of the new headquarters contains Wood Library Museum exhibits from the discovery and development of anesthesia. Visiting the exhibits is worth a trip to Chicago.

Visiting ASA HQ exhibits Chicago - 2014
Drs. John Zerwas (ASA Past Pres.), Robert Johnstone and Dan Cole (ASA First VP) in front of anesthesia history wall at new ASA headquarters.

  • The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently approved the National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) of the ASA Anesthesia Quality Institute as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry, as well as 19 reporting measures. Anesthesiologists reporting through this registry will receive Medicare payments without the penalties being introduced this year. All anesthesiologists may report through this registry in the future to receive full payments. At present NACOR is free for all ASA members. Directors discussed how to fund the expected growth of NACOR, to be decided during the next year. NACOR now holds more than 20 million cases, and is growing at a rate in excess of 5 million cases per year.
  • Directors reviewed a new strategic plan for the society, designed to promote education, advocacy and value for members.
  • Directors spent considerable time on plans for a new editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology, the journal of the ASA. Jim Eisenach, the current editor, has done a great job, leading the journal to its highest rating ever, an impact factor of 6.2, the highest among all anesthesia journals. For comparison, the impact factor of Anesthesia and Analgesia is 3.4 and Journal of Clinical Anesthesia is 1.2.  77 percent of the articles in Anesthesiology are clinical, and peer review is speedy, with 26 days from manuscript receipt to first decision. A special ASA committee will pick the new editor.
  • Implementing the Perioperative Surgical Home remains an ASA priority.  Anesthesiologists coordinating care from scheduling to discharge, including rehabilitation, is a new role for them, one favored by healthcare futurists and payers.

Visiting ASA HQ exhibits Chicago - Johnstone and Mary Ellen Warner - 2014Drs. Robert Johnstone and Mary Ellen Warner (Past president, Wood Library Museum) in front of a history display at the new ASA headquarters building.

  • Budgeting for ASA activities is always difficult, as directors address many diverse requests for funds, such as $2million from the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research for scholarship, $4200 to support anesthesia humanitarian outreach in Rwanda, $17,500 for a resident reception at the Annual Meeting, and $14,500 to send two ASA officers to China to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Society of Anesthesiologists. Decisions are generally decided in accordance with their alignment with the ASA strategic plan.
  • The ASA budget this year anticipates revenues of $44,951,387, and expenses of $44,804,008.
  • The next meeting of the Board of Directors will occur at the ASA Annual Meeting in New Orleans in October.
  1. ASAPAC. Thank you to the 51 West Virginia anesthesiologists who have contributed this year to the PAC. It helps us communicate our message of patient safety to legislators. If you have not yet contributed, you can do so at,
  1. WVSSA Officers

[ezcol_1third]President[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Michael Panger, MD   ([/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]President-elect[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end] Seth Crislip, MD   ([/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]Sect-Treas[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Robert Johnstone, MD   ([/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]Asst Sect-Treas[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Brian Grose, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]ASA Delegates [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Alex Skaff, MD
Brian Grose, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]ASA Alt Delgs[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Michael Panger, MD
Richard Driver, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]ASA Res Delg [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Drew Rodgers, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]ASA Director[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Robert Johnstone, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]ASA Alt Dir[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Alex Skaff, MD[/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]Medicare MAC[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Alex Skaff, MD   ([/ezcol_2third_end]
[ezcol_1third]Legislative Rep[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]Eric Persily, MD  ([/ezcol_2third_end]


Robert Johnstone, MD, Newsletter Editor

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