Disparities in Anesthesia Outcomes: What Can CRNAs Do?

By Edwin Aroke, PhD, CRNA Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Terrica Durbin, DNP, PhD, CRNA Program Chair, University of Tennessee Knoxville Reprinted courtesy of AANA NewsBulletin: May 2020 Countless studies have shown that despite significant improvements in the overall health of the U.S. population, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic status disparities in health persist.1 …

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AANA Resources for Elective Surgeries | Pediatric Anesthesia Webinar | Health Disparities Statement

  NEW INFOGRAPHIC Resuming Elective, Non-Urgent Surgical Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic   As parts of the U.S. begin to resume elective non-urgent surgical services, the AANA has developed an infographic to help facilities and clinicians determine whether the timing of reopening and the safety of the working environment are appropriate prior to return to work. …

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CMS Temporarily Suspends Physician Supervision Requirements For CRNAs

Dear Patty, Breaking news! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended physician supervision requirements for CRNAs! Only moments ago, CMS announced an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the pandemic and enabling YOU to practice at …

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ASTC & Hospital Letter on Elective Procedures from TN DoH

On March 26, 2020, Vincent Davis, Director of Office of Health Care Facilities, issued a memorandum to hospital and ASTCs regarding Executive Order 18, which directs hospitals and outpatient surgical facilities to postpone non-essential procedures in light of COVID-19.  The memo emphasizes the purpose of the EO is to protect medical providers, staff and community …

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Governor Lee issued Executive Order 20 To Amend Provisions in Executive Order 15

On March 26, 2020, Governor Lee issued Executive Order 20 which amends several provisions in Executive Order 15 related to Title 63 and 68.  Of note in this Executive Order: Item 7.1 which suspends regulatory fees as they relate to initial licensure applications. test EO has a provision Item 7.3 which gives the Department of …

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Governor Lee’s Executive Order 18 and Impact on Elective Surgeries

On March 23, Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 18 that addresses concerns related to elective and non-emergent procedures. Dental service providers to not perform any non-emergency dental or oral procedures.  In addition, all hospitals and outpatient facilities shall not perform non-essential procedures.  At a minimum, this includes: joint replacement, bariatric surgery and cosmetic surgery, …

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