AANA Alert: CMS Rule Changes

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

This past Friday, CRNAs across the country earned a significant win! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) decided to recognize CRNA's ability to perform pre-anesthetic assessments in Ambulatory Surgical Centers as part of the final rule of the Physician Fee Schedule. The final rule also recognizes Medicare Part B payment to CRNAs for evaluation and management services as defined by a state's scope of practice.

Our voices continue to be heard! At the AANA's request, more than 3,600 comments from CRNAs across the country were sent to CMS in support of these rule changes. The American Society of Anesthesiologists and others who worked against the proposed rule changes failed in their efforts. The CMS sided with CRNAs to bring high-quality, safe anesthesia care to all patients across the United States.

Click here to read ANNA's full news release.