MeANA’s Professional Development Program
MeANA has worked hard to provide you with meaningful, informative educational sessions throughout 2021, all free of charge! We hope you enjoy attending our two educational sessions, one in the Spring and one in the Fall, along with reading journal articles at your leisure throughout the year. Join us on May 15th and October 16th for virtual education sessions. Included in this package are a series of journal articles along with a quiz that can be taken to receive credit. Please click on the link below to continue on to our registration page and learn more specific details about our sessions!
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New Maine Law Requires Insurers to Cover CRNA Services
A new law signed April 6 by Maine Governor Janet Mills requires CRNA services to be covered and reimbursed by insurers, consistent with other advanced practice registered nurses in the state. The law also states that insurers may not prohibit CRNAs from participating in provider networks, offering patients across the state greater access to high-quality care. Read the AANA Press Release.
New Maine Law Increases Patient Access to Anesthesia Delivery by Requiring Insurers to Cover CRNA Services
- Apr 9, 2021
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists Applauds Maine Legislation Providing Direct Reimbursement for CRNAs
For immediate release: April 9, 2021
For more information, contact: AANA Public Relations
Park Ridge, Ill. (AANA)—A new law signed April 6 by Maine Governor Janet Mills requires Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) services to be covered and reimbursed by insurers, consistent with other advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the state. The law also states that insurers may not prohibit CRNAs from participating in provider networks, offering patients across the state greater access to high-quality care.
Health insurance carriers are now required to provide coverage for services within the CRNA scope of practice that are covered under a health plan. The law affects policies that go into effect or renew on or after Jan. 1, 2022.
Susan DeCarlo-Piccirillo, DNP, CRNA, APRN, president of the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MEANA), applauded the provision, “This will alleviate a burden on patients and facilities that previously faced an onerous process to be reimbursed for CRNA services. By ending billing discrepancies for CRNAs in Maine, patients have greater access to anesthesia care, with less risk of out of pocket cost and at no cost to the state of Maine.”
There are more than 350 CRNAs and student registered nurse anesthetists in Maine. Approximately 60% of anesthetics in Maine’s rural and critical access hospitals are delivered by CRNAs. CRNAs comprise 64% of the state’s anesthesia care providers. “CRNAs are proven providers, and removing the many barriers to their practice will only increase their ability to respond to the pressing need for basic anesthesia health,” DeCarlo-Piccirillo said.
“Patients benefit the greatest from a healthcare system where they receive easily accessible care from an appropriate choice of safe, high-quality, and cost-effective providers, such as CRNAs and other APRNs,” said DeCarlo-Piccirillo. “By passing this legislation and with Gov. Mills’ signature, Maine is protecting care for the most vulnerable by strengthening network adequacy and helping to ensure all patients have access to quality care from the provider of their choice.”
In December 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the “No Surprises Act” with a critical nondiscrimination provision that prohibits insurance health plans from discriminating against qualified licensed healthcare professionals, such as CRNAs and other non-physician providers.
Improve Access in Rural America Rural America continues to struggle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and health facility closures. Watch these resources to help improve access to care and highlight the importance of CRNAs as primary anesthesia providers in rural areas.
- CRNAs: The Primary Providers of Anesthesia Care in Rural America
- AANA and Rural Health Action Alliance Call on Congressional Leaders to Take Action to Improve Healthcare Access in Rural America (WFMZ-TV, February 2021)
Congratulations to our CRNA Social Media Post Winners!
Good News – MeANA Food Drive and Silent Auction- A Success!
Mainers are struggling to find enough to eat. When the coronavirus first hit, the demand for food assistance was staggering in Maine. Now, even with the guarantee of a COVID-19 vaccine, local food relief services are preparing for that demand to surge again as winter deepens. Mainers who were struggling to make ends meet long before the pandemic are in worse straits now. Now as people face job losses and other challenges, food pantries are witnessing an influx of families seeking help who’ve never needed that help before. Plus, the logistical challenges of feeding kids who are learning at home, in hybrid models, and in classrooms has led to a plummeting of school meal participation. The need has never been greater for both kids and adults. Mainers are counting on our help and we gave it!
Together, MeANA raised $7,272.00 for the Good Shepherd Food Bank, the state’s largest hunger relief organization. We not only met our goal, we exceeded it!
Thank you everyone for your generosity and willingness to participate in this needy cause. A special shout out to the talented artists who donated hand crafted items for our virtual silent auction which helped to raise slightly over $2,000. You are all amazing!
If you still want to help those suffering from hunger, we will continue to keep the Good Shepherd Food Bank link up. While food is the biggest need, you can also consider donating personal hygiene products, like shampoo toilet paper, soap, etc. at your local food bank. It’s all about Mainers helping Mainers.
Read the article below provided by the Good Shepherd Food Bank to see how much and how far all of the generous donations reached Mainers.
Maine DHHS COVID-19 Vaccine Clinician Info Sessions
As part of the State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic (and given the very exciting news about the recent FDA approval of the first vaccine!), Maine DHHS is pleased to launch a set of educational efforts to offer information for Maine clinicians on the COVID-19 vaccines and support their efforts to build the knowledge & trust needed to ensure a successful vaccination effort statewide.
Given busy clinician schedules, we’re starting this effort by offering a series of short (30min) “COVID-19 Vaccine Info Sessions” that we will host twice/week starting next Tues, Dec 15. We will host the sessions twice/week for the next several months at the following times:
- Tuesdays at 7:30 – 8AM
- Fridays at 12N – 12:30PM
The sessions will offer brief didactic sessions on the vaccine development & approval process, followed by time for questions & discussions. Clinicians are welcome to attend one or multiple sessions. The sessions will be held via Zoom using the following log-in and/or call-in info for all sessions:
Meeting ID: 621 843 4986
Phone: One tap mobile: +13017158592,,6218434986#,,,,,,0#,,338847#
DHHS will likely be offering additional educational tools and resources on COVID vaccine moving forward as well.
DHHS and the Board appreciate your help to support these efforts, and greatly appreciate the help of Maine clinicians to ensure a successful vaccination effort with the people of Maine.
Thank you, and best regards,
Lisa M. Letourneau MD, MPH
Senior Advisor, Delivery System Change
DHHS Commissioner’s Office
109 Capitol St.
Augusta, Maine 04333
Urgent! Action Required!
On March 31, Medicare spending will face an automatic, across-the-board reduction of up to two percent, known as sequestration.
Medicare spending has been subject to sequestration since 2013. In December, Congress delayed the Medicare sequester until March 31, 2021. While the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 1868, which would delay the Medicare sequester until December 31, 2021, action is still needed in the U.S. Senate.
We need you to make your voice heard! Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CRNAs across the country have stepped up to the challenge. In doing so, they have demonstrated just how vital our profession is to the communities we serve. Contact your U.S. Senators and let them know that now is not the time to be burdening our nation’s heroes with a new cut to their reimbursements.
Please follow these instructions to contact your U.S. Senators today!
1. Go to https://bit.ly/398tk1P and click on “take action.”
2. You will be directed to a pre-drafted email for you to personalize.
3. Click “send letter.” Contact AANA Federal Government Affairs with any feedback you receive.
Thank you for all your work to advocate for our great profession. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact AANA Federal Government Affairs at email@example.com or 202-484-8400.
Steven M. Sertich, CRNA, MAE, JD, Esquire
NEW SECTION ADDED!! CHECK IT OUT!
To make our website more meaningful for all nurse anesthesia clinicians we have added a new section entitled: Clinical Updates.
Please take the time to let us know what you think. Here is just a small sampling of things to come:
- Anesthesia Pediatric Apps for induction
- COVID Updates
- Fire Safety in the OR
- Regional Blocks Apps and Insights
- Student Puzzler
Please feel free to contact Michael Dunnington, Andrea Farrar or Susan DeCarlo to send us your ideas. We’d love to have you, the members, participate by sending us articles, links and other educational venues that will help us be the best CRNA’s! Check it out and let us know how it can be improved. Know that MeANA is working for you!
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Watch this short 4-minute video overview of the entire CPC Program, requirements, and timeline. You’ll also learn how the CPC Program supports lifelong learning and provides the framework for you to demonstrate the knowledge you have to provide high-quality patient care throughout your career.
As required by section 6033(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, we are required to inform you that 57% of your state membership dues are allocated toward expenses incurred by the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists for state lobbying activities. This amount is not deductible for federal income tax purposes. All MEANA members are also members of the AANA.