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Released: 15-Jul-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Toni Schmittling Appointed to Michigan Board of Nursing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Toni Schmittling, DNAP, MBA, MS, CRNA, president of the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), to the Michigan Board of Nursing. Schmittling will serve a four-year term, beginning July 1, 2021.

Released: 13-Jul-2021 5:05 PM EDT
Patients in Michigan Gain Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Michigan patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 4359 by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The law removes supervision requirements for nurse anesthetists and grants them the authority to collaboratively participate in a patient-centered healthcare team.

Released: 30-Jun-2021 5:00 PM EDT
Pennsylvania Legislature Recognizes Role of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed S.B. 416 into law today, providing formal recognition for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in Pennsylvania nursing statutes.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Celebrates 90 Years of Advancing the Science of Nurse Anesthesiology
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is celebrating its 90th anniversary today.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 4:05 PM EDT
International Council of Nurses Report Stresses Importance of CRNAs to Universal Healthcare Coverage
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently issued “Nurse Anesthetists Guidelines,” to provide developed and developing countries with clarity on the role and practice of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).

Released: 24-May-2021 10:20 AM EDT
AANA Joins Bipartisan Congressional Movement to Expand Use of Non-Opioid Pain Management
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

o help increase access to the availability of non-opioid pain management treatments, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) supports the recent introduction of the Non-Opioids Prevent Addiction in the Nation (NOPAIN) Act introduced by U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), along with Reps. David McKinley (R-WV), Ann Kuster (D-NH), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). The Senate version of this legislation (S. 589) was previously introduced.

Released: 20-May-2021 4:15 PM EDT
National Academy of Medicine Report Emphasizes Importance of Removal of Barriers for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

A new report from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) prioritizes several opportunities in the nursing profession for eliminating healthcare disparities, including the permanent removal of barriers to nursing care that were enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and other key initiatives of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA).

Released: 12-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
AANA Recognizes and Honors Contributions of CRNAs on International Nurses Day
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

For all the patient care they deliver, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) recognizes and honors the contributions and perseverance of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other nursing professionals during International Nurses Day today. 

Released: 26-Apr-2021 9:05 PM EDT
Julie Gauderman Receives AANA’s Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) presented Julie Gauderman, MS, DNAP, CRNA, APRN, with the Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award at its Mid-Year Assembly, held virtually, April 23-25.

Released: 26-Apr-2021 9:00 PM EDT
Andrea Teitel Receives AANA’s Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) presented Andrea J. Teitel, MS, CRNA, with the Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award at its Mid-Year Assembly, held virtually, April 23-25.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:20 PM EDT
AANA Applauds Presidential and Congressional Action to Delay Medicare Sequester
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Healthcare providers, including Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), will continue to receive resources to care for some of the most vulnerable patients with President Biden signing of H.R. 1186 to postpone a 2% cut to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers.

Released: 6-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
AANA Study Reveals that Removing Practice Barriers Increases Patient Care Access
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) released a new study that proves removing scope of practice barriers for nurse anesthetists results in increased access to patient care and eliminated unnecessary layers of supervision.

Released: 24-Mar-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Patients in Arkansas Now Have Increased Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Arkansas patients now have increased access to safe, affordable care with the signing of HB 1198 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The law removes supervision requirements for nurse anesthetists and grants them the authority to work in consultation with healthcare providers in the delivery of anesthesia.

Released: 23-Mar-2021 2:45 PM EDT
AANA Congratulates New HHS Secretary, Urges Fair Reimbursement Policies for Advanced Practice Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

he American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) and the nation’s 57,000 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists congratulate Xavier Becerra on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The AANA is committed to working with Becerra and his staff to reduce barriers to CRNA practice, which will help expand access to care and make healthcare more affordable for all.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 10:00 AM EDT
To Provide Safe, High-Quality Care for Veterans, Congresswomen Requests Permanent Full Practice Authority for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

To expand access to safe, high-quality anesthesia services to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) requested that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) be granted full practice authority permanently across U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Ask Congress to Delay Medicare Sequester
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) have asked Congress to prevent a 2% cut to Medicare reimbursements for healthcare providers effective March 31, 2021.

Released: 15-Mar-2021 3:35 PM EDT
AANA Highlights Role of CRNA in Delivery of Safe Anesthesia Care Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 14-20
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are on the front lines of patient care, safely administering nearly 50 million anesthetics each year in the United States. During Patient Safety Awareness Week, Mar.14-20, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) joins the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in acknowledging practices, education and standards that improve safety for patients and healthcare professionals.

Released: 1-Mar-2021 8:00 AM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Join Ad Council’s National Campaign to Educate Public on COVID Vaccines
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is part of a national campaign to provide fact-based answers to questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Released: 12-Feb-2021 8:05 PM EST
AANA Study Finds High Job Satisfaction Rate Among CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The anesthesia delivery profession continues to face an on-going shortage of providers. Recognizing that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) make up an increasing share of this workforce, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists recently concluded a study to understand job satisfaction among CRNAs on a deeper level.

Released: 10-Feb-2021 12:15 PM EST
AANA Congratulates New Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Pledges to Support VA and America’s Veterans
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) congratulated Denis McDonough on his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and pledged the AANA’s continued support of the VA to ensure the nation’s veterans receive timely, expert, quality care.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 3:55 PM EST
AANA, Rural Health Action Alliance Call on Congressional Leaders to Take Action to Improve Healthcare Access in Rural America
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As rural America continues to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) joined 15 other healthcare organizations urging Congress to bring equitable access to care in rural America and bridge the rural divide.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 1:50 PM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Among Healthcare Workers to Be Honored at Super Bowl LV
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The NFL Commissioner has invited nurse anesthetists from across central Florida to attend the Super Bowl LV Sunday, Feb. 7. Hundreds of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) from Tampa and the central Florida who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will attend the game as guests of the NFL.

Released: 5-Feb-2021 11:40 AM EST
House of Representatives Continues to Recognize the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

n honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 24-30, 2021), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), introduced a resolution “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of America's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their role in providing quality health care for the public” (H.Res.80). This is the second resolution honoring CRNAs by House representatives.

Released: 2-Feb-2021 5:05 PM EST
Arkansas’ Nurse Anesthetists Call for Removal of Unnecessary Practice Barriers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As healthcare providers across Arkansas continue to meet the needs of patients impacted by COVID-19 or requiring surgery, state legislators are considering bills that will affect patients’ access to affordable care.

Released: 29-Jan-2021 3:45 PM EST
National CRNA Week: The House of Representatives Recognizes the Contributions of Nurse Anesthetists
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In honor of National CRNA Week (Jan. 24-30, 2021), Reps. David Joyce (R-OH) and Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced bipartisan House Resolution 65 on the House floor, “Recognizing the roles and the contributions of America’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and their critical role in providing quality health care for the public, especially during the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic.”

Released: 18-Jan-2021 11:05 AM EST
Nurse Anesthetists Among Most Utilized Healthcare Providers, According to CMS
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

A new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides data that indicate Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are among the most utilized healthcare providers in the nation.

Released: 5-Jan-2021 10:15 AM EST
Patients in Massachusetts Now have Greater Access to High-Quality Care from CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

A new law signed Jan. 1 by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker lifts certain supervision requirements on advance practice registered nurses, providing patients across the state with greater access to high-quality care.

Released: 22-Dec-2020 5:05 PM EST
AANA Board of Directors Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Position Statement
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Board of Directors approved a position statement recommending that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and student registered nurse anesthetists educate themselves to make an informed decision about receiving the vaccine and ensure that their healthcare administrators are aware of the important role CRNAs have in patient care, especially during the pandemic.

Released: 22-Dec-2020 10:30 AM EST
AANA Applauds Passage of Surprise Billing Legislation That Helps Ensure Patient Access to Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The U.S. Congress passed a year-end agreement on Dec. 21 that includes a fix to the issue of surprise medical billing. Known as the “No Surprises Act,” the agreement helps prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills and establishes a framework to resolve bills between providers and payers.

Released: 7-Dec-2020 3:05 PM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Backs Medicare Rule Expanding Seniors’ Access to Diagnostic Testing
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) backs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to permanently allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to supervise diagnostic tests—a decision that will ensure patients’ access to safe, high-quality care.

Released: 4-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
AANA Commends CDC on Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to Healthcare Personnel
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) commends the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC's) team of advisors on prioritizing frontline healthcare personnel and residents of long-term facilities for the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Released: 2-Dec-2020 3:15 PM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Urges HHS to Permanently Remove Barriers to CRNA Practice
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make a waiver that suspends physician supervision requirements of nurse anesthetists permanent.

Released: 19-Nov-2020 10:20 AM EST
AANA Joins Rural Health Action Alliance
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

With COVID-19 infections surging in rural America, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) joined several other healthcare organizations to bring equitable access to care in rural America and bridge the rural divide. The Rural Health Action Alliance (RHAA), a coalition of healthcare providers and facilities who provide high-quality, evidence-based care to millions of Americans, will seek to advance federal policies to improve rural health outcomes.

Released: 16-Nov-2020 6:20 PM EST
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Calls on President-Elect to Consider Nurses for Leadership Positions
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are encouraging the president-elect to appoint nurses to lead government agencies in an effort to move our nation forward during the COVID-19 pandemic

Released: 13-Nov-2020 3:45 PM EST
Patients in South Dakota Now Have Access to Affordable, Quality Anesthesia and Pain Management Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

As the final step of the implementation of South Dakota Senate Bill 50, the South Dakota Board of Nursing this week adopted rules regarding full practice authority for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the state.

Released: 10-Nov-2020 3:45 PM EST
AANA Supports U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Taking Important Step Toward Granting Full Practice Authority for Qualified Healthcare Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued an interim final rule for comment that serves as an important and historic step in prioritizing quality healthcare for our nation’s veterans.

Released: 7-Oct-2020 4:25 PM EDT
AANA Urges the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to Remove Costly Physician Supervision Requirements, Other Barriers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) partnered with 10 national nursing organizations to submit comments in response to the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule, calling for the removal of costly physician supervision and removal of practice barriers for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other advanced practice registered nurses. More than 5,200 CRNAs, student registered nurse anesthetists, and their supporters responded, making up nearly 15 percent of those who submitted comments to the proposed rule.

Released: 1-Oct-2020 3:20 PM EDT
AANA Joins Healthcare Professionals Calling for Mental Health Resources
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has partnered with more than 50 national healthcare and mental health awareness organizations to support the introduction of the “Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act” (H.R. 8094) that supports behavioral health and well-being among healthcare professionals.

Released: 16-Sep-2020 2:35 PM EDT
AANA Joins Patient Safety Movement Foundation in Celebrating World Patient Safety Day Sept. 17
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

This World Patient Safety Day, Sept. 17, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) joins the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) in celebrating healthcare safety and raising global awareness.

Released: 12-Aug-2020 2:35 PM EDT
Survey Results Detail Signs of Improving Conditions for CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) discovered in a new survey that employment opportunities for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) during the COVID-19 public health crisis is improving.

Newswise: Darolyn Milburn Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
Released: 12-Aug-2020 12:25 PM EDT
Darolyn Milburn Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Washington Post recently selected Darolyn Milburn, MSN, CRNA, as a 2020 Star NurseTM. Milburn, a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Released: 6-Aug-2020 3:10 PM EDT
AANA Supports Improvements to Rural Health Access
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

To provide high-quality, value-based healthcare for millions of patients living in the nation’s rural communities, the White House issued an executive order on Aug. 3 that calls on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to report on ways to eliminate regulatory burdens. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) is encouraged by the order which, if considered, could increase access to quality care for patients by removing costly supervision requirements of nurse anesthetists.

Released: 4-Aug-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Oklahoma Opts Out of Physician Supervision of CRNAs
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Oklahoma is now the 19th state to opt out from federal regulations that require physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The governors of 18 states and Guam have exercised such exemptions prior to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) suspension for all states during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Released: 22-Jul-2020 1:40 PM EDT
Ladan Eshkevari Honored as 2020 Star Nurse by The Washington Post
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The Washington Post recently selected Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc., FAAN, as a 2020 Star NurseTM. Eshkevari, a member of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), is an associate professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center’s School of Nursing & Health Studies in Washington, DC.

Released: 24-Jun-2020 6:50 PM EDT
AANA Supports CMS Action to Cut Red Tape for Providers
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Leaders of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) are encouraged by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement on the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics in an effort to “cut red tape” for providers.

Released: 19-May-2020 4:30 PM EDT
AANA Partners with 47 Nursing Organizations to Remove Practice Barriers in the VA
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

In a letter today, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) partnered with 47 national nursing organizations to request support for the Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Directive 1899 to permanently remove barriers and allow Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training.

Released: 14-May-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Nurse Anesthetists Responding to COVID-19 in Rural America
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) stand at the ready as the threat of COVID-19 threatens the nation’s rural communities. CRNAs are the primary provider of anesthesia care in rural America. The AANA has partnered with the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to promote and release an infographic.

Released: 11-May-2020 12:40 PM EDT
AANA Leaders Prove Now is the Time for Evidence-Based Policy in the VA, not Politics
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

AANA President Kate Jansky, MHS, CRNA, APRN, USA LTC (ret), and AANA CEO Randall D. Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA—both veterans—addressed a series of “misleading” and “inflammatory” assertions made by the American Society of Anesthesiologists this week related to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) directive allowing full practice authority for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the VA.

Released: 21-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
AANA Partners with 24 Organizations to Ensure Access to Quality Patient Care
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has partnered with 24 national organizations to request HHS Secretary Alex Azar support key provisions of the U.S. president’s executive order #13890, which provides a path to the permanent removal of burdensome supervision and licensure requirements for non-physician providers such as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs).


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