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What Has PAC Done for You Lately?

By on Jun 3, 2014 in Making an imPACt, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Let me ask you a question.  Do you have malpractice insurance, health insurance, auto or home insurance, life or disability insurance? While some individual circumstances may vary, I would venture to guess that close to 100% of you have most, if not all, of the listed insurances.  You recognize the value of things like your health, your home, and your income.  Why wouldn’t you want to make sure those important assets were protected from risks beyond your control? Now let me ask you another question.  Why not insure that your profession as a CRNA is equally protected from unforeseen attacks?  Isn’t your investment in your career worth the minimal cost?  I imagine you’d agree that it is. Just to give you an idea of some of the issues that exist to threaten your practice, here are some of the issues that PACs have addressed in the past: CRNAs’ ability to practice under physician supervision, not just anesthesiology supervision CRNAs’ ability to directly bill Medicare for our professional services Defense of CRNAs’ ability to practice using our full scope Ability to Opt Out of supervision Promotion of CRNAs as cost-effective anesthesia providers during this period of healthcare reform And the fight continues.  Here are some of the current issues that PACs are addressing: Ensuring there are enough CRNAs to handle the influx of patients resulting from the Affordable Care Act The threat of Anesthesia Assistants Maximizing CRNAs’ scope of practice, such as: VA hospitals Pain management Prescriptive authority These are all important issues that greatly affect your practice and profession.  They’re also ones that you can’t effectively fight on your own. That’s why TANA-PAC exists…to protect and defend the rights of CRNAs in our state.  By contributing to the PAC, you’re insuring your career against risks like these and many more.  We think that protection, for a recommended donation of $50 per month (or $600 per year), is a great value! Visit www.tncrna.com and contribute by clicking on the “Donate Now” banner.  We hope to raise $10,000 by July 1, 2014, and thanks to the donations we’ve received thus far we’re much closer to that target!  Please help us reach our goals so that we can continue to provide you with the best protection possible. Thank you, David Klappholz CRNA TANA-PAC Chair...

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...

What Do PACs and the Boy Who Cried Wolf Have in Common?

By on May 2, 2014 in Making an imPACt | 5 comments

Most of us are familiar with the story of the boy who cried wolf.  Just in case you aren’t, here’s how it goes.  A shepherd boy repeatedly tricks nearby villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his flock.  Then when an actual wolf really shows up, no one responds to his cry for help because they’ve been conditioned to the false alarm.  The boy is left alone to fend for himself and his flock. What, you may ask, does this have to do with TANA? Similar to the villagers in the story, CRNAs and SRNAs are frequently asked to respond to requests for contributions to PAC, so those entities can protect their practice and investment.  However, for various reasons (all which are valid concerns), the majority of TANA members are not contributing to PAC. As a result, when the “wolf” (in this case the threat to our livelihood) comes along, PAC has limited resources to help protect and defend your practice. To put it plainly, TANA-PAC needs your help to be able to meet our goal of raising $5,000 by July 1, 2014.  With $1530 currently raised, we’re only about ¼ of the way to meeting this goal.  What we’re asking from each member is a $50 monthly contribution, which adds up to $600 per year.  You can set up your monthly or one-time donation by visiting www.tncrna.com and clicking on the “Donate Now” banner. Your career is one of your most valuable assets, and your contributions are very much like premium payments on an insurance policy to protect it from the effects of a potentially devastating loss. The wolf is on the prowl, and he can and will show up to threaten the CRNA flock.  Help us make sure the proper resources are in place to help the PAC ward him off.  Thank you, David Klappholz CRNA TANA-PAC...

Are You Prepared?

By on Jan 8, 2014 in Making an imPACt | 4 comments

Being prepared for the unknown, that is what we are trained to do as CRNAs. We arrive early everyday and set up our room. We draw up our emergency medicines for those outlier situations.  We are trained to be prepared and act swiftly and efficiently to a crisis if and when it should arise. It is engrained in the DNA of CRNAs to be prepared. Now that we are into 2014, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we need to be prepared for the inherent unknowns associated with it. There will eventually be a significant influx of patients into the healthcare system. The increased volume will cause the need for more surgeries and therefore more anesthesia providers. At present, the CRNA job market is tight. We are all well aware of this. However, a time will come when this surplus ends. There will be a time when there are not enough CRNAs to cover the OR’s. Whether this is due to the retirement of senior CRNAs, increased demands for surgical services, or other unforeseen variables, the surplus will end. So the question is, do you want an Anesthesiologist or Anesthesia Assistant to take your spot at the anesthesia machine?  We have to be prepared. During 2013, TANA made significant financial investments in the future of its members. From engaging a PR firm, redesigning the website, creating a blog, to being more active in social media, TANA has made an investment in you, our members. You are the lifeblood of this organization. We defend and support you. The funding of these investments was permitted through effective fiscal management of funds that TANA receives from your AANA dues. We are committed to defending and supporting your scope of practice. Like TANA, TANA-PAC is committed to defending and supporting your scope of practice in Nashville with the legislators. TANA-PACs does not receive one cent from TANA or AANA. It is only funded by the members who donate and support it. PAC wants to be prepared for any legislative battle that threatens CRNA scope of practice. To defend this, we must support those on our side and educate those who are not. TANA-PAC has established the following goals for 2014:             We would like to see: Annual donations meet or exceed $75,000. This would be a 25% increase over donations to PAC in 2013 Monthly contributors to increase to 150 per month. Monthly contributors to give $50 per month. Sign up two colleagues to donate to PAC. Build a nest egg to prepare PAC for future attacks to CRNA scope of practice  TANA and TANA-PAC have and continue to invest in you. Are you prepared to invest and protect your scope of practice and profession? Take the time to evaluate the importance of what you have sacrificed. Ask yourself if $50 per month is too much to give? You spent a significant amount of time, hard work, and financial expense getting your degree. Be prepared, and don’t be complacent and let your career vanish before your eyes. David Klappholz...

Top 10 Things NOT to do at the TANA Convention

By on Oct 10, 2013 in AANA, Making an imPACt, Notes from the President, TANA Annual Meeting | 0 comments

Miss out winning a brand new Apple TV because you were at the bar. Hit the SNOOZE on your alarm, thus missing the morning education session Spill your drink on Region II Director’s, Tony Chipas, laptop consequently shutting down the entire AANA. Miss going to the exhibit hall and seeing the latest anesthesia toys. Announcing to every CRNA your love of Star Wars by leaving your cell phone ringer on in the lecture hall. Let out a big “Go Vols” during the AANA update because you’re watching the UT game on your iPad. Forget to become a PAC member, thus allowing “Big Al” the car salesman to decide whether you are qualified to work in anesthesia. Take a nap and find out you missed the Dr. Don Bell College Bowl and Silent Auction. Forget to attend the PAC Dinner at historic Miller’s Grocery on Saturday night missing the epic event of the century. Forget to spend some time getting to know your CRNA Colleagues. (Who knows … you may be asking them for a job some...

Enter to Win … And Support PAC in Return!

By on Oct 3, 2013 in Making an imPACt, TANA Annual Meeting | 1 comment

That’s right! We are planning a fundraiser / giveaway to help support TANA-PAC. All current and new members are eligible to participate. Here’s the deal: Everyone who gives to PAC will be entered in a drawing to win some really cool prizes: iPad Mini 2 Apple TVs 2 Club Level Titans Tickets Starbucks Gift Basket And, don’t worry if you can’t attend the annual meeting … You are still eligible to participate in the drawing! All you have to do is make a contribution to PAC. And, the more you give, the more chances you have to win! If you are not already a TANA PAC member/contributor, click here to make your donation. And, in case you’re wondering how much to give, check out the levels below: Levels Based on Annual Giving and number of times names are entered in give away $1200 or more = 5 times $1000-$1199 = 4 times $750-$1000 = 3 times $500-$749 = 2 times $0-$499 = 1 time Additional options for getting name entered increase annual giving = 1 time convert from one time to annual = 1 time new PAC member one time giving = 1 time new PAC member monthly giving = 2 times Good luck, everyone! We’re looking forward to seeing all of you at the annual meeting next week!...