Breaking Advocacy News: Restrictive Novitas LCD will not be Implemented

Dear AANA Members,   In early July I wrote to the AANA membership about the latest anti-CRNA activities of Novitas Solutions, a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). At the time, Novitas had just released a final draft local coverage determination (LCD) which, if implemented on August 16 as scheduled, would establish policy that would not recognize […]

Nurse Anesthesiologist – A New Descriptor for CRNAs

This past February, the AANA Board of Directors created the Nurse Anesthesiologist Descriptor Task Force and charged it with analyzing the pros and cons of the AANA recognizing the descriptor “nurse anesthesiologist” for use by CRNAs. After more than five months of information gathering, analysis, and discussion, the task force presented its recommendations to the […]

New State Opioid Collaborative Toolkit Available Online

As the opioid crisis surges throughout the US, there are many opportunities for CRNAs to be involved and advocate for solutions through leadership or participation in collaborative initiatives within their community.  Each state’s opioid epidemic experience, resources and needs are unique. Therefore, state leaders and the AANA have developed a toolkit to provide considerations for […]

IFNA World Conference

Donna Jasinski, PhD, CRNA, DCANA Board Member, attended the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA) World Conference in June 2018. This wonderful event was held in a historic conference center in Budapest Hungary (photo attached). It was well attended by nurse anesthetists from around the world and every continent was represented except South America. The […]

Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists

** Registration Now Open ** Virginia Association of Nurse Anesthetists 2018 Annual Fall Conference * Featuring dinner, drinks and dancing on the Spirit of Norfolk, Benefitting the CRNA-PAC, Virginia CRNAs Who Care About Healthcare *   October 12-14, 2018 Hilton Norfolk The Main 100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510 Registration information   Attention CRNAs! […]

Nurse Anesthetists Applaud the House of Representatives’ Efforts to Curtail Opioid Crisis

Today the House of Representatives expanded addiction treatment programs and access to care by enabling Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to administer medication-assisted treatment that will help save thousands of lives across the country. “The House struck a major blow against the opioid crisis today by authorizing CRNAs […]

Community in Crisis

The Port City community is known for its beautiful beaches and boardwalks, historic river-walk district, and the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. In April of 2016, the city of Wilmington also became known for something else; the top city in the nation for opioid misuse. When CastLight health published the […]

Opioid Safety and Advocacy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose. AANA is committed to taking action toward solutions to the opioid epidemic, with CRNAs playing a key role in the process. There are many possible solutions to address the many elements of the current opioid crisis. These complex issues require the […]