Category Archives: DCANA News

URGENT MESSAGE: ACT NOW – Maintain Access to CRNA Services

Dear DCANA members, There is an effort underway by the DC Society of Anesthesiologists (DCSA) to adversely affect the ability of CRNAs to continue to practice independently (without physician supervision) in DC. In October 2023, a bill (Bill 25-245) was introduced to revise the law (Health Occupations Revision Act or HORA) that regulates CRNA practice […]

10 Things You Should Know About CRNA’s

For more than 150 years, nurse anesthetists/nurse anesthesiologists have enjoyed rewarding careers providing anesthesia care to patients nationwide. These advanced-practice registered nurses have a well-deserved reputation for providing safe, effective, efficient, and compassionate care. CRNAs safely administer more than 50 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States. As advanced practice registered nurses, […]


All advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including CRNAs, who are licensed in the District of Columbia must register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). This is required regardless of whether you have prescriptive authority in DC. See APRN ALERT: PDMP Registration Requirement for more information. Please ensure that your email address is kept up to date […]

Dru Riddle Begins Term as President of the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology

ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — (AANA)—Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and resident of Fort Worth, Texas, recently took office as the 2023-2024 president of the nearly 61,000-member American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA), headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. “As president of the AANA, I am honored to […]

Ask your Representative to cosponsor the “ICAN Act” TODAY!

Representatives David Joyce (R-OH) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) have reintroduced the “Improving Care and Access to Nurses (ICAN) Act” (H.R. 2713) in the 118th Congress. This legislation will make a real difference for our patients by eliminating many of the barriers to the use of the highest-quality healthcare services provided by advanced practice registered nurses, […]

AANA Recommends SAMHSA Allow CRNAs to be Medical Directors

In a letter to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the AANA recommended that CRNAs be included as providers who can be directors of Opioid Treatment Programs (OTP). Currently, only physicians can serve in this role. This letter was in response to the agency’s proposed rule on Medications for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in OTPs. […]

Make Your Voice Heard on Cigna’s Reimbursement Policy Change

As you are aware, Cigna recently announced that they will be reducing payment for QZ services to 85% of the physician fee schedule. Not only does this policy violate the federal provider nondiscrimination law, but it puts patients’ access to high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care in jeopardy – especially for patients in rural and underserved areas. […]