Whether in the O.R., ICU, obstetric floor, endoscopy suite or pain medicine office, physician anesthesiologists are trained to anticipate and be prepared for any contingency or emergency. In the same manner, the Task Force on State Advocacy works closely with ASA’s State Affairs Department to monitor the political landscape nationwide and react swiftly to any regional brushfires that may develop. Composed of Committee on Governmental Affairs (CGA) members, the task force serves as a resource for physician leaders with their state-level advocacy efforts.

Beyond offering strategic guidance, advocacy resources and messaging assistance, the task force keeps a keen eye on potential problems by constantly scanning the state level legislative and regulatory environments to identify areas of concern as well as opportunities to improve patient safety measures. A truism of state advocacy is the genesis of a new, unanticipated and...

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