Anesthesiologists oppose VA proposal to expand nurse anesthetist role

The Department of Veterans Affairs had proposed a rule that would expand the scope of care responsibilities for advance practice registered nurse anesthetists. But the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has pushed back against the proposal, fearing the encroachment. The ASA has launched the Protect Safe VA Care campaign and has enlisted the support of other medical lobbying groups. "The 27-page policy statement just published by the VA will not improve healthcare," said Samuel Spagnolo, M.D., president of the National Association of VA Physician and Dentists. "It will permanently establish a second, lower-level of care in which physicians are not making critical care decisions." The Protect Safe campaign will also enlist veterans and their families. Read the full article at FierceHealthcare