At the time, our conversation was mostly theoretical and we were speaking of potential change.
Now that it's September, we're observing actual change.
During SB 1336 there was a great deal of discussion about modernizing the laws for CRNAs, many of which remain outdated. This was sometimes framed as "breaking up the team” or "changing standards" - a negative narrative that went so far, that in unprecedented fashion, national ASA leaders published an inflammatory video that failed to even speak to the issues at hand in Arizona.
Restoring prescriptive authority in 2017 was a significant win for CRNAs and patients alike, and healthcare consumers stand to benefit from enhanced services from CRNAs. The AZANA heard from many AANA members on the problems created by 'legislative snafu' that occurred in 2012.
The AZANA decided to address the false perception of surgeon liability for CRNAs for one primary reason - it affects every patient we care for. And that's because the false perception was affecting every CRNA, regardless of practice model.