|NEWSRoom | Source: Mellman Group|
Americans Strongly Support Receiving Care from Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
Nine in ten Americans believe it's crucial that Medicare protect patient access to pain management delivered by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), according to new survey results released by the Mellman Group.
"Patients value the high quality of care they receive from CRNAs," said Michael Bloomfield, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Mellman Group. "And they've made it clear that they don't want the government interfering with their ability to get the pain care they need from nurse anesthetists."
Indeed, 86% of respondents said that the government should not interfere with patients' ability to receive care from nurse anesthetists or other licensed health professionals of their choosing.
Nearly eight out of ten individuals polled say they are comfortable with a doctor referring them to a CRNA; 55% indicate that they would be very comfortable. The proportions are similar across all age groups, races, genders, and political affiliations.
Medicare is currently considering rules that would help preserve patient access to CRNAs. According to the survey results, Americans believe that to be a good thing—87% say they want Medicare to continue covering pain care services. Nearly three-quarters support direct reimbursement from Medicare for all qualified health professionals that deliver chronic pain care.
"The nation's 45,000 nurse anesthetists play a crucial role in delivering pain care to the 100 million Americans who need it," said Janice Izlar, CRNA, DNAP, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). "The American people have spoken—and they support Medicare 's efforts to preserve access to CRNAs."
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