Reduce healthcare costs and improve access to safe anesthesia care

Reduce healthcare costs and improve access to safe anesthesia care

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Anyone who has received an anesthesia bill can attest to the fact that patients are being charged an alarmingly high price to receive anesthesia care.  The main reason behind such substantial anesthesia bills is the unnecessary requirement of physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologists (CRNAs).  CRNAs are highly skilled and knowledgeable advanced practice nurses, capable of practicing independently, and extensively trained to administer all forms of anesthesia for all types of surgeries and procedures. 

To receive reimbursement for care provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) currently requires nurse anesthesiologists to be supervised by a physician;  however, in 2001, CMS granted the option for states to “opt-out” of this requirement if state leaders felt it would better serve the citizens of their state.  Since that ruling, 17 states and Guam have “opted-out” of physician supervision of CRNAs.  Several studies have since been conducted comparing patient outcomes in states that have “opted-out” versus those that have not, and no difference in the rate of patient morbidity and mortality has been found. This evidence speaks largely to the safety and competency of nurse anesthesiologists.   

By removing the CMS requirement for CRNAs to be supervised by a physician, we could eliminate unnecessary anesthesia billing redundancies, drastically reduce healthcare costs, and improve patient access to anesthesia care. This change would also more closely align CMS policy with state scope of practice laws and the specific needs of communities across the country. 

To curb the rapidly increasing cost of healthcare while maintaining a high level of quality and safety, we respectfully petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid and CMS Administrator, Seema Verma, to remove the unnecessary requirement of physician supervision of CRNAs.

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