Last year I made the comment that the healthcare landscape continues to change rapidly. This continues to be true as we have seen policy changes and proposals on both the state and national levels that are impacting our profession and our patients. As President of the ASSA, along with our leadership, we remain committed to continue to navigate these changes and make our voices heard and our issues promoted. This is achieved when we maintain an active association. Our mission is to represent the medical specialty of anesthesiology in Alabama and nationally. This task is intensive and complex, but our resolve and commitment to our patients and to the preservation of the profession is greater.
We maintain a vibrant and healthy dialogue with third party payers, the hospital industry and the state and federal agencies who oversee our practices. The ASSA also monitors legislative, legal, and regulatory processes involving our profession both in Montgomery and Washington. There will always be those who believe that the way to control costs will be to decrease the role of anesthesiologists. Decreasing our role will not advance quality and patient safety. The safest and most efficient perioperative care is best delivered with an anesthesiologist in charge. We advocate daily on your behalf and on behalf of patients to deliver this message.
Membership dues are $650 (tax deductible) for the 2016-2017 year. To achieve the necessary work we perform daily, and to be able to effectively respond to issues that directly affect our practices, your continued membership is needed. Please pay your membership dues today!!!
Aimee Walsh, M.D.