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Weekly Lobbyist Reports Online

  The weekly TANA lobbyist reports are back, and the most recent installment is now available online! Reading these updates is a great way to stay informed on the issues affecting CRNAs in our state.  Don't forget to check the website each Friday evening orSaturday morning to learn more about what's going on.  You can access this week's report by clicking here.  You'll need to enter your member log-in information to access the protected content.   Please also remember that you can donate to or become a member of TANA-PAC at any time throughout the year.  Click here to find mailing instructions or donate online.  ...

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2015 TANA Practitioner Award

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to practice and to the betterment of our profession, the TANA Board of Directors presents the 2015 Patty Cornwell Practitioner of the Year Award to David L. Ratliff, CRNA, APN Eligibility: the award shall be given to a TANA member in good standing who has made a significant contribution to the profession of nurse anesthesia in Tennessee. Following the link at the bottom of the page, you will find requirements for nomination and selection. Please mail your nominations to the TANA office at P.O. Box 60128, Nashville, TN, 37206. If you will be mailing FedEx, UPS, or other carrier the street address is 1105 Gartland Ave, Nashville, TN, 37206. You may also email information to us as long as the guidelines have been completed to info@tncrna.com If you have any questions, or need further information don’t hesitate to call the TANA office at 615-329-3450. Surely, there are wonderful CRNAs in your area that you would like to recognize! The process is simple, so we hope you can take a few minutes to consider nominating one of your peers. Click here to view the nomination and selection...

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SB 1014 by Senator Steve Dickerson/HB 629 by Representative Mary Littleton, brought by the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 95-0 and the Senate by a vote of 30-0 today.     The bill addresses language within the pharmacy statute related to the definition of "prescription order." It clarifies the ability of a CRNA to carry out their scope of practice to select, order and administer drugs during services ordered by a physician, dentist or podiatrist provided by a CRNA in collaboration with the ordering physician, dentist or dentist that are within the scope of practice of the CRNA and authorized by clinical privileges granted by the medical staff of the facility.   This bill will now travel to the Speakers for their signatures, and then on to the Governor's desk to be signed into law.   Thank you to every TANA member who contacted his/her House and Senate member on this bill!    TANA also wants to sincerely thank our TANA Lobbyist and Political Director, Tausha Alexander, and TANA Consultant, Patty Cornwell, CRNA, along with many members who advised them on the drafting of this bill.  They have all worked tirelessly, and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude!...

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Important TANA Action Alert- Ask YOUR Legislators to VOTE YES on SB1014/HB629

TANA urges you to contact your Senator and Representative to ask them to vote YES on SB 1014/HB 629.  The bill will be heard in the House Health Subcommittee on Tuesday, March 24 and the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday, March 25, and then we anticipate this bill will be in front of all legislators soon after it works its way through the committee process, and toward the House and Senate floor within the next week or two.   If you are unsure who your legislators are, please click here and you will be able to insert your mailing address to confirm.   Even if you only get to speak to a staff person in your legislators office that answers the phone, tell them you are a constituent, a concerned CRNA, and you are asking that they vote YES on this bill.  Share how this affects your practice!      SB 1014 by Senator Steve Dickerson/HB 629 by Representative Mary Littleton is being brought by the Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to address language within the pharmacy statute related to the definition of "prescription order", clarifying the ability of a CRNA to carry out their scope of practice to select, order and administer drugs during services ordered by the physician, dentist or podiatrist provided by a CRNA in collaboration with the ordering physician, dentist or podiatrist that are within the scope of practice of the CRNA and authorized by clinical privileges granted by the medical staff of the facility. This bill is not an attempt to expand scope of practice for CRNAs.  This bill is needed to ensure that the definition of "prescription order" reflects the current practice of CRNAs, thus allowing CRNAs to continue practicing as they do now.  The issue was raised because of inquiry for interpretation received by the Board of Pharmacy, not as the result of any issue related to quality of care provided by CRNAs. This is not about prescriptive authority as contemplated under TCA 63-7-123. CRNAs do not need a Certificate of Fitness for prescriptive authority to carry out their scope of practice.  CRNAs have been providing anesthesia and related services long before there was prescriptive authority in Tennessee. The prescriptive orders given by a CRNA specified...

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Insure Tennessee Dies in Senate Health Committee

Insure Tennessee Dies in Senate Health Committee After three days in extraordinary session, Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee Plan to provide healthcare coverage to 280,000 citizens living in the Medicaid Gap died in Senate Health by a vote of 7-4. The vote count: Mike Bell – N; Janice Bowling – N; Richard Briggs – Y; Todd Gardenhire – N; Ed Jackson – Y; Brian Kelsey – Y; Randy McNally – N; Frank Niceley – N; Kerry Roberts – N; Jeff Yarbro – Y; and Rusty Crowe – N Committees in both the House and Senate heard hours of testimony over the past three days from the administration as well as from outside groups in support and opposition to the proposal.  In the end, support for the plan was not enough as legislators struggled with issues surrounding the program’s costs and distrust of the federal government’s future actions without a written agreement. The House and Senate returned to their respective chambers late Wednesday afternoon to adjourn the extraordinary session.  During the floor session, Representative Craig Fitzhugh, Minority Leader in the House, tried to bring the plan directly to the floor for a vote, but the effort failed after Fitzhugh was ruled out of order.  General Assembly members will return for regular session on February 9. Tausha Alexander Alexander Government Relations tausha@alexandergr.com...

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Action Alert – TANA Supports Insure Tennessee

Dear TANA Member: The Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists has joined Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, which supports Insure Tennessee, a proposal being put forward by Governor Haslam to provide health insurance coverage to more than 170,000 low-income, working Tennesseans.  The coalition is comprised of more than 100 organizations supporting this effort, including AARP, Vanderbilt University, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, the Rural Health Association and a myriad of healthcare provider organizations. TANA is supporting Insure Tennessee because of its commitment to promoting access to safe, quality healthcare.  Many of TANA's members practice in rural settings throughout the state, and we believe that Insure Tennessee will provide much needed access to care in communities across the state.   In fact, in 41 of Tennessee's 95 counties, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia provider. As a healthcare provider in this state, you probably know of or may have provided treatment to Tennesseans who are living in the Medicaid gap.  Often times, the working poor are single parents, children and even veterans.  Insure Tennessee is a plan to help these folks have access to health insurance. We are asking that TANA members to share their support of Insure Tennessee in one of the following ways: Contact your legislator by phone and e-mail to voice your support for Insure Tennessee.  To find your legislator: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/. Statements for support of Insure Tennessee: Insure Tennessee is market-based health care reform that Tennessee needs. It will be good for working Tennesseans, good for our economy and stabilize our rural hospitals. It will not cost Tennessee taxpayers anything - no new taxes or cost to the state budget. In fact, it keeps the Medicaid taxes paid by Tennesseans in our state to care for working Tennesseans instead of being spent on expansion in California, New York or other states. Please include your name, organization, telephone number and home address, and request the representative vote in support of Insure Tennessee. Attend the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee's Day on the Hill on February 3, 2015.To register for the Day on the Hill click here. Everything is free but everyone must register so that we can have an accurate head count to plan. Share information with your colleagues about Insure Tennessee. To...

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