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Advocacy Alert

MeANA members,

Below is a request from AANA President Dr. Velocci to contact and advocate for CRNA’s opposing this new CMS rule proposal. I urge all CRNA’s to send the link to family and friends immediately.  This rule proposal can have a seriously negative impact on our profession.  It only takes a minute to personally submit, and less than 5 minutes to send it to every single family member, friend and contact.

Thank you,

Andrew Osborne
DNP, CRNA, APRN, MAJ (USAR)
MeANA President

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would establish Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for Rural Emergency Hospitals (REHs) to meet in order to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. While the AANA supports the creation of the REH designation and the effort to reduce healthcare disparities in rural communities, the proposed rule, as written, will harm access to anesthesia care by requiring costly and unnecessary physician supervision of CRNAs in REHs. 

It’s not too late to have this supervision requirement for CRNAs removed from the final rule. CMS is seeking comments on this proposed rule until August 29, 2022. The AANA and our coalition partners will be submitting official comments, and we ask all AANA members and supporters to submit a comment as well. Please follow the instructions below to take action today! 

Instructions for Submitting a Comment to CMS
1. Click here or text REH to 52886. 
2. Follow the prompts to be directed toward a pre-written comment letter. Please personalize this message so that it is not seen as a “form letter.”
3. Click “send email.” 
4. Share this with your friends, family, and colleagues so that they can submit comments as well.

If you have any questions, please contact AANA Federal Government Affairs at info@aanadc.com or 202-484-8400. As always, thank you for being an advocate for our patients and our profession!

Sincerely, 
Dina Velocci, DNP, CRNA, APRN
AANA President

Good Shephard Food Bank

In honor of CRNA week, we are once again asking your support for the Good Shephard Food Bank. Please join us in our effort to help others in need by donating to this statewide organization. MeANA members generously helped us exceed our goal of $5,000 last year and we are excited to have this goal again!

 Donate Here.

Attention CRNAs: Important Additional Requirement for Licensure in our state is Explained. Thanks!

Please be aware of the newly enforced Board of Nursing Rules in our state with regards to licensure. In 2018 the Maine Board of Nursing adopted a rule regarding obtaining initial licensure and re-licensure in the state of Maine. As of this summer, and effective immediately, the rules will be enforced. A message from the Maine State Board of Nursing will be sent to each practicing CRNA in our state in the next few weeks. Please be on the look out for this important message. It’ll also be available on the BON website very soon.  For more information on licensure, read here.

Thank you to our Sponsors

As required by section 6033(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, we are required to inform you that 57% of your state membership dues are allocated toward expenses incurred by the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists for state lobbying activities. This amount is not deductible for federal income tax purposes. All MEANA members are also members of the AANA.

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