The CASTS Board of Directors met at the California ACC Awards Dinner in Beverly Hills on November 22. Discussion topics included physician-hospital affiliation structures, public reporting of PCI and valve procedures, and regional initiatives for data sharing. Dr. MacMillan reported that he has been in contact with Cathleen Galgiani, state senator from his district, who is interested in sponsoring legislation to update SB 680, the mandatory reporting law. Bill Bommer, immediate past president of CAACC, and Joe Parker, head of the Healthcare Outcomes Center at OSHPD, will also participate in the process. A meeting will be held in Sacramento in the near future.
Dr. Caffarelli will produce a report on the various options available for physician-hospital affiliation. Dr. Kamlot will report back about data sharing and quality improvement efforts with CA data managers. Minutes of the meeting are attached below.