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Safe Anesthesia for Veterans
Our nation’s Veterans have earned and deserve safe, high quality physician-led anesthesia care in the VA.

On May 25, the “Advanced Practice Registered Nurses” proposed rule, formerly known as “VHA Nursing Handbook” was posted to the Federal Register for a 60-day public comment period which ends on July 25.

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD IN CONGRESS
Please take a moment to contact your congressman or senator and voice your opposition to the proposed rule presented by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to grant “full practice authority” or the authority to provide clinical services “without oversight of a physician” to all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists, throughout the VHA. Click on the link below for a suggested comment letter to download and send via email or U.S. mail to the congressman or senator in your area. You will need to add your congressman’s name and address at the beginning of the letter and add your name, title and contact information at the end of the letter.  It is important to include your address, as this alerts your congressman that you are a constituent.
Click here and enter your zip code to find your congressman.  Clicking on your congressman’s name will take you to their website.

For more information on this important national issue, please click on the link below.
http://www.asahq.org/advocacy/federal-activities/legislative-activity/vha-nursing-handbook
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The ‘Perioperativists’ Are Coming!
A fascinating trend in medicine that has developed during the past decade or two is the expansion of certain specialties and the creation of diverse kinds of specialists in order to fill needs abandoned by other groups of physicians.
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National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is currently looking to reach anesthesiologists in Virginia and relay the importance of substance abuse training.  NIDA recognizes that anesthesiologists often serve as pain management prescribers to patients and can help recognize early signs of addiction. NIDA worked with Medscape Education to develop two free, interactive, online CME activities.

For more infomation please go to their website


Accountable Care Organizations
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) seeks to improve the quality of health care services and to lower health care costs by encouraging providers to create integrated health care delivery systems. One delivery system reform is the Medicare Shared Savings Program under section 3022 of PPACA which promotes the formation and operation of accountable care organizations (ACOs). The establishment of ACOs is just one of many delivery system reforms that are part of PPACA.