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You Make a Difference.
The power of our collective voice is something to behold. Here's how you've continued to advance the profession and break down barriers to practice.
Maine now requires CRNA services to be covered and reimbursed by insurers.
Arkansas is now the 42nd state that does not require physician of CRNAs.
Massachusetts lifted requirements that granted CRNAs authority to issue written prescriptions, med orders and more.
South Dakota Board of Nursing adopted rules on full practice authority per a law granted CRNAs the ability to collaborate with providers.
U.S. Congress passed an agreement that includes a fix
to the issue of unexpected medical billing. Known as
the “No Surprises Act,” the agreement helps prevent
surprise bills and establishes a framework to resolve bills
between healthcare providers like CRNAs and payers.
A report from the National Academy of Medicine
emphasized the importance of removal of barriers for
CRNAs. The report examined how nurses responded
during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with
the federal suspension of physician supervision
requirements. The report calls for these changes to
become permanent by 2022.
The AANA is now in the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration’s “Network of Experts” — a program
that brings together a vetted group of organizations
and their members to provide the FDA access to
expertise and supplement knowledge in the Center
for Devices and Radiological Health and the Center
for Drug Evaluation and Research.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs took important
steps toward granting full practice authority for qualified
healthcare providers, including CRNAs. It issued an
interim final rule for comment that confirms the VA’s
healthcare professionals may practice their healthcare
profession consistent with the scope and requirements
of their VA employment.
CMS allows CRNAs to supervise diagnostic tests — a
decision that will ensure patients’ access to safe, highquality
care. Also, CRNAs are among the most utilized
healthcare providers, according to a CMS report. CRNAs
were among the top 20 specialties that served the most
beneficiaries in non-telehealth care during the height of
the COVID-19 health emergency.
CRNAs will continue to receive resources to care
for some of the most vulnerable patients, thanks
to a U.S. Presidential and Congressional bipartisan
decision to postpone a 2% cut to Medicare
reimbursements for healthcare providers.
You're Making Headlines...
CRNAs continue to make headlines across the country, and the AANA is committed to helping your stories get the attention they deserve. Here are some of the ways you’ve shown courage and creativity this year, as featured in local and national media:
Going to Bat for Nurse Anesthetists
Kaiser Health News
Relaxed Nurse Scope of Practice Boosts Care Access During COVID-19
Patient Engagement Hit
Anesthesiologists Try to Stop CRNAs from Practicing Independently
Why Are CRNAs So Valuable?
VA takes step toward increasing beneficiaries' access to care
Reserve & National Guard Magazine
Emergency role of CRNAs should be permanent