AANA CEO Search Underway
Applications are now being accepted for position of AANA Chief Executive Officer. The AANA has partnered with Korn Ferry executive search firm to conduct a nationwide search. To work alongside Korn Ferry, the AANA Board of Directors has appointed a search committee composed of CRNAs, AANA staff, and former AANA presidents who have previous executive search experience.
As chief staff officer, the CEO provides overall staff leadership and management of Association operations, acts as a key representative and spokesperson for the AANA. The CEO serves as Executive Secretary to the Board of Directors (BOD), President and CEO of all AANA for-profit entities, and as a member of the AANA Foundation Board of Trustees. The CEO is responsible for providing strategic, financial, and operational leadership for the company and will closely coordinate and work with the BOD and senior leadership team. A minimum of 10 years’ experience in a C-suite, executive leadership role, or its equivalent is required. Previous CEO experience preferred. A postgraduate degree is required; a doctoral degree is preferred.
For a complete list of roles, duties, and qualifications, and a link to submit an application, see the online job description.
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.
New Maine Law Requires Insurers to Cover CRNA Services
A new law signed April 6 by Maine Governor Janet Mills requires CRNA services to be covered and reimbursed by insurers, consistent with other advanced practice registered nurses in the state. The law also states that insurers may not prohibit CRNAs from participating in provider networks, offering patients across the state greater access to high-quality care. Read the AANA Press Release.
New Maine Law Increases Patient Access to Anesthesia Delivery by Requiring Insurers to Cover CRNA Services
- Apr 9, 2021
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Applauds Maine Legislation Providing Direct Reimbursement for CRNAs
For immediate release: April 9, 2021
For more information, contact: AANA Public Relations
Park Ridge, Ill. (AANA)—A new law signed April 6 by Maine Governor Janet Mills requires Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) services to be covered and reimbursed by insurers, consistent with other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the state. The law also states that insurers may not prohibit CRNAs from participating in provider networks, offering patients across the state greater access to high-quality care.
Health insurance carriers are now required to provide coverage for services within the CRNA scope of practice that are covered under a health plan. The law affects policies that go into effect or renew on or after Jan. 1, 2022.
Susan DeCarlo-Piccirillo, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA), applauded the provision, “This will alleviate a burden on patients and facilities that previously faced an onerous process to be reimbursed for CRNA services. By ending billing discrepancies for CRNAs in Maine, patients have greater access to anesthesia care, with less risk of out of pocket cost and at no cost to the state of Maine.”
There are more than 350 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists in Maine. Approximately 60% of anesthetics in Maine’s rural and critical access hospitals are delivered by CRNAs. CRNAs comprise 64% of the state’s anesthesia care providers. “CRNAs are proven providers, and removing the many barriers to their practice will only increase their ability to respond to the pressing need for basic anesthesia health,” DeCarlo-Piccirillo said.
“Patients benefit the greatest from a healthcare system where they receive easily accessible care from an appropriate choice of safe, high-quality, and cost-effective providers, such as CRNAs and other APRNs,” said DeCarlo-Piccirillo. “By passing this legislation and with Gov. Mills’ signature, Maine is protecting care for the most vulnerable by strengthening network adequacy and helping to ensure all patients have access to quality care from the provider of their choice.”
In December 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the “No Surprises Act” with a critical nondiscrimination provision that prohibits insurance health plans from discriminating against qualified licensed healthcare professionals, such as CRNAs and other non-physician providers.
Improve Access in Rural America Rural America continues to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and health facility closures. Watch these resources to help improve access to care and highlight the importance of CRNAs as primary anesthesia providers in rural areas.
- CRNAs: The Primary Providers of Anesthesia Care in Rural America
- AANA and Rural Health Action Alliance Call on Congressional Leaders to Take Action to Improve Healthcare Access in Rural America (WFMZ-TV, February 2021)
Watch this short 4-minute video overview of the entire CPC Program, requirements, and timeline. You’ll also learn how the CPC Program supports lifelong learning and provides the framework for you to demonstrate the knowledge you have to provide high-quality patient care throughout your career.
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.