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AANA Encourages Your Support of the Provider Nondiscrimination Law

By on May 24, 2014 in AANA | 1 comment

Dear TANA members, Please take a moment to read an important message that was recently sent by AANA President Dennis Bless, CRNA to all AANA members.   As part of our advocacy efforts to protect CRNA reimbursement and patient access to care, the AANA is currently supporting two letters circulating within the Democratic Caucus of the House of Representatives, and of the Senate Finance and HELP Committees, regarding implementation of the AANA-backed Provider Nondiscrimination law. As someone represented by a legislator within one or more of these groups, your help is needed in urging your Representative and/or Senator to support these efforts. The Provider Nondiscrimination law was enacted by Congress to prohibit health plans from discriminating against qualified licensed healthcare professionals solely on the basis of their licensure.  This important law, supported by the AANA, aims to protect and increase patient access to covered health services by better assuring that patients are able to obtain the care that they need from the licensed and certified health professionals of their choice. Please write your legislators today and urge them to sign the letters being circulated by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) in the Senate, and by Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) in the House. For all you do for your patients, practice and profession, thank you. Sincerely, Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS AANA...

So, Where Do My AANA Dues and PAC Contributions Go Anyway?

By on May 19, 2014 in Making an imPACt, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Ever wonder what all of your AANA dues and contributions go towards or why it seems like you’re frequently being asked to give even more?  Let me take a minute to explain where that money goes. When you pay your AANA dues, a percentage of that money stays at the national level, while the remainder goes to the respective state you practice in.  Most CRNAs believe that those AANA dues help defend their practice. That is NOT the case! Each state has its own PAC, which specifically supports CRNAs in that state in dealing with the issues they face.  This is separate from the Federal CRNA PAC, which deals with issues on the federal level. Both the State and Federal PACs can only address concerns at their defined level, and–here’s the key–both are funded separately.  So, if you’re only contributing to your State PAC, then none of your money is going to your Federal PAC and vice versa.  Additionally, if you are only paying your AANA dues, then you are not contributing to either your State OR Federal PAC. It’s like leaving a large chunk of your assets (your career and livelihood) exposed to the threat of all kinds of risks, with no protection in place to defend your practice.  And while you may have any number of valid reasons for not contributing, the fact remains that these threats are very real. TANA-PAC exists to protect you and your practice, but in order to do so we need your help.  The PAC is funded solely by contributions from CRNAs and SRNAs like you, and thanks to your support we’re just $560 short of reaching our original $5,000 goal. Because of your generous giving, and due to the increased demands of this all-important election year, we have decided to increase our goal to $10,000.  We know that our members can rise to the challenge and raise this amount by our July 1, 2014 deadline. Don’t leave yourself and your practice unprotected.  Visit www.tncrna.com today, click the “Donate Now” banner, and sign up to give the recommended $50 monthly (or $600 one-time) contribution. Thank you, David Klappholz CRNA TANA-PAC Chair...

The Two Best Ways You Can Take an Active Role as a TANA Member

By on May 14, 2014 in Announcements, Board Updates, Notes from the President | 0 comments

Dear TANA Members: The 2014 TANA election is approaching, and now is the time for you to represent and support your profession- Nurse Anesthesia.  CRNAs experience practice, reimbursement, and recognition threats annually, and the only way to procure and promote your profession, practice and livelihood is by being involved as an active TANA member. Ask yourself these important questions.  Is now the time for me to increase my involvement in TANA and gain exposure to the inner workings of the organization? Am I encouraged to evaluate the importance of my profession in my daily life? Am I giving back?  And can I do more? If you answered yes to any of those, here are two ways you can increase your involvement. First, take the time to serve on the TANA Board of Directors or as District Director.  Many CRNAs shy away from this and feel intimidated by the thought of serving.  They have strong reservation about the time commitment, and their own lack of experience.  This fear of the unknown is common but–like so many other new things–it often only takes a moment for those fears to dissipate and those initial apprehensions to be alleviated. This holds true to serving TANA as well.  Take the time to put your name on the ballot.  You never know if you will like something until you try it.  The reward will be invaluable.    This year the following positions are up for election: *        President Elect (must have served as a TANA board member to run for this office) *        District I Director- Memphis area.  Must live in the district. *        District III Director- Nashville/Middle TN area.  Must live in the district. *        District V Director- East TN.  Must live in the district. *        TANA Nominating Committee Member Click here to see which district you live in if you are uncertain. To run as a candidate, a TANA Intent to Serve Form must be submitted to the TANA office no later than July 15th per the TANA Bylaws.  Click here to fill out the online form. The second way you can get involved is by serving on or being the chair of a committee.  Click here to see a list of committees on the TANA website. Now is the time to be part of the process and keep TANA growing and moving forward.  Let’s have multiple CRNAs on the ballot for each position.  We are looking forward to getting to know you and serving with you! Mark J. Haffey MSN, CRNA, APN TANA...

Want to Know What the ASA Has Been Saying About You?

By on May 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Have your ears been burning?  Because the American Society of Anesthesiologists has had plenty to say recently about the quality of care we as CRNAs are able to provide to patients.  That’s their right; but it’s also your right to defend your practice. This is a great example of why we need to support the efforts of PACs on both the state (TANA-PAC) and federal (CRNA-PAC) level.  If they don’t have the resources necessary to speak for you and your profession, then who will? Below is an excerpt from a recent piece of correspondence from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.   What the ASA is saying about you… As you may have heard, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) have met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week and are up to their same tactics, mischaracterizing the quality care CRNAs provide in order to gain support from Congress. Here are just a few of the statements that the ASA is circulating in Washington: CRNAs do not have the medical education or clinical training necessary to make critical decisions during an emergency; CRNAs cannot ensure the same quality of care, patient safety or outcomes for patients and any changes to VA health care that would allow CRNAs to work independently would cause immense harm and would severely risk patient safety; The only way to keep constituents safe, as well as family and loved ones, is to ensure that a physician is present instead of a CRNA. It is up to each of us to speak up and ensure lawmakers know the truth about the safe, quality, cost-effective care that CRNAs provide. To ensure that our message is heard loud and clear by our nation’s leaders, the CRNA-PAC is launching a four-week campaign today to redouble our efforts for protecting and promoting the nurse anesthesia profession in the interest of our patients. We hope you will play a part by making a contribution to the CRNA-PAC today. We cannot control what others say — but we can and will continue to have lawmakers understand the truth. Now is the time to fight for our profession. Help us have our voice heard bysupporting your CRNA-PAC today. We cannot do this without you. Sincerely, Dennis C. Bless, CRNA, MS AANA President   Paul Beninga, CRNA, MS CRNA-PAC Chairman...

Notes from AANA’s Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Education: Excellence in Healthcare Summit

By on May 7, 2014 in AANA | 262 comments

Ian Bicol, our TASNA Student Representative, was recently invited to attend AANA’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing Education: Excellence in Healthcare Summit.  Below he shares some notes about his experience, as well as some photos from the event. The Diversity Summit was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Crystal City, Virginia. It was attended by the AANA Board of Directors, CRNAs and SRNAs from around the country. The highlight of this summit was the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program which was discussed by Dr. Wallena Gould, CRNA and Mr. John Bing, CRNA. One of the key priority goals of AANA President Dennis Bless is to promote and advance diversity within the nurse anesthesia profession. On April 4, 2014, the AANA inaugurated the Diversity and Inclusion Summit. The live-event (by invitation only) was attended by AANA senior leadership, SRNAs, Nurse Anesthesia educators, and the Board of Directors of the Diversity in Nurse Anesthesia Mentorship Program. A simultaneous online telecast gave access to AANA members to join the event remotely. It was a great learning experience to be able to share and connect with CRNAs and fellow SRNAs and participate in developing a plan for a sustainable culture of inclusion and diversity. Francis Ian C. Bicol, MSN, BSN, RN DNP – Nurse Anesthesia Class 2016 Union University...