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CMS Suspends Supervision Requirements for CRNAs

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Mar 30, 2020 AANA News

CMS Suspends Supervision Requirements for CRNAs



Park Ridge, Ill. (AANA)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended physician supervision requirements for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs)—an action that the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) deems a critical step for CRNAs to serve the U.S. healthcare system more effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a March 30 news release, the 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.

Waiving the requirements will allow states to optimize their healthcare workforce and enable CRNAs to practice at the top of their license. Made possible by President Trump’s recent emergency declaration and emergency rule making, the temporary changes will apply immediately across the entire U.S. healthcare system for the duration of the emergency declaration. The regulatory changes allow hospitals and health systems to deliver services at other locations to make room for COVID-19 patients needing acute care in their main facility...


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