Restricting CRNA Practice Reduces Access to Care and Increases Costs
Restricting CRNA practice in Arkansas is contrary to the national trend toward allowing APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training.
Requiring physician supervision of CRNAs in Arkansas nursing laws/rules reduces your access to high quality, cost-effective care and increases your healthcare costs. Arkansas’ physician supervision requirement is not cost-effective and actually increases healthcare costs. Further, the alleged benefits of physician supervision are not supported by published research.
Supervision Not Required
In 29 states, the nursing, hospital or ambulatory surgery center law/rules do not require physician supervision of CRNAs.
Essential Access to Anesthesia Care
Research shows that CRNAs are the most cost-effective anesthesia providers, and that there is no difference in safety between CRNAs and anesthesiologists. CRNAs provide essential access to anesthesia care, especially in rural and other medically underserved areas in Arkansas and the rest of the United States.
Support the ability of CRNAs to provide high quality, cost-effective care to this state’s patients without unnecessary restrictions.