WHAT WE DO
To advance and further patient safety and the practice of anesthesiology in Illinois through education, representation and advocacy of the Illinois anesthesiologist.
The Illinois Society
Honors our Physician
On National Doctor’s Day
we celebrate our anesthesiologists.
They are our heroes.
Our guardian angels.
Racism Undermines Public Health!
The ISA believes that racism undermines public health. We stand in solidarity against racism, violence and intolerance wherever it may occur. Included in our mission is ensuring all patients are treated with dignity and respect. This extends beyond the operating room. We will help any patient in need and we support the health and safety of every person.
ISA pledges to be a proactive voice that serves to educate our communities on how racism impacts our health. We promise to listen to our members and be part of the solution that helps our Black physicians.
ILLINOIS VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN
94% want a physician led team administering anesthesia for their family (only 4% want a nurse anesthetist without physician supervision).
64% oppose Illinois legislation permiting nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia & respond to anesthesia emergencies without the involvement of a physician.
The Legislative Journey to Independence Practice
ISA believes that only physicians have the clinical expertise and training to exercise independent medical judgment.
Preserved physician supervision of APNs.
APNs may prescribe five Schedule II drugs under limited circumstances.
APNs may prescribe Schedule II drugs under limited circumstances.
Clarified that an agreement outside of an employment arrangement may not restrict APNs from contracting with Medicare, or other health plans.
APNs introduced legislation to modify their title to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
APRN Legislation providing pathway to independent practice passes into law. CRNAs are excluded. Read more in News.
LEGISLATION TO LICENSE ANESTHESIOLOGIST ASSISTANTS: HB3205
With passage of this bill, Illinois will join most states in midwest which already license AAs and will allow AAs from Illinois working in other states to return to their home state.
Bill drafted by ISA filed in House.
Assigned to House Rules Committee.
Re-sent to Rules Committee where currently sits. Needs voices to get out of committee.
Continuing to explore avenues with other stakeholders that will secure licensure for AAs.
The new avalanche of administrative requirements with ICD10, MACRA, and every other acronym seems overwhelming if not depressing. It’s a great feeling to discover that no anesthesiologist is alone in this modern world. Illinois has an amazing talent pool to meet any challenge. Being a member of ISA helps me feel good about being a physician these days.
Usually held in March
Annual event held in Springfield when we canvass the state capitol to speak to legislators and explain the perspective of physician anesthesiologists. Anesthesiologists must remain engaged with those who implement the changes that will ultimately affect patient safety.
ISA House of Delegates
Meeting held every April for members to get updates on issues and future legislation that could impact anesthesiology, vote on resolutions, and have a voice in what ISA supports each year.
LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS
New Research Grant for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Announced by ISA’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Medical students, residents and fellows are invited to apply for one of two $1,500 research grants, to be provided annually to advance the development of new knowledge and policy that increases diversity, equity and inclusion in medical education/training. Funding is...
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the ISA pays tribute to our physicians who have made outstanding contributions to the field of anesthesiology. Asokumar Buvanendran, MB.BS Asokumar Buvanendran, MB.BS, is a Professor of...
William McDade, MD, PhDWilliam McDade, MD, PhD is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He has been Chief Academic Officer/EVP for the Ochsner Health System, Professor and Deputy Provost at the...
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