The abstract submission site for the 32nd Annual Meeting & Workshops opened July 20, 2009 and closes October 26, 2009 4 pm Eastern.
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Healthcare Reform: Wake Up, the Operation is Starting
Unless you have been impersonating Rip Van Winkle or have just thawed from a cryogenically frozen state (a la Miles Monroe, or Austin Powers), you undoubtedly have been hearing about healthcare reform. The Obama administration is making this one of its highest priorities. The media is also pressing the issue with daily front page stories and op-ed pieces. One area that the articles have focused on is the wide geographical disparity in Medicare costs from region to region. Most of these articles have attributed this variation to financial incentives for doctors to provide expensive care. Read that as greed. There is virtually no mention of medico-legal pressure to perform defensive medicine or patient and family pressure to perform heroic, but almost guaranteed useless, measures to extend life. Clearly medical experts need to participate in the process of healthcare reform, and we are those experts. As cardiovascular anesthesiologists we routinely care for sick, elderly patients in need of costly services. These services are so expensive that a large percentage of the Medicare dollar goes to caring for patients in the last days of their lives. This may be a major opportunity for cost saving. Our unique input is essential to ensure a workable healthcare plan.
What can you do? The SCA, under its charter is not a lobbying organization, so the best option is to work through the ASA. The current president, Roger Moore, who is a former SCA president, is coordinating the effort and is sending emails to ASA members with updates. Please take the time to read these emails and participate. As the emails implore you, contact your federal representatives by one of the following methods:
Please consider mentioning the need to include major malpractice reform and rationale delivery of costly services to accompany any healthcare reform. Whatever your opinions are, please make them known.
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