To ensure our Veterans have access to high quality healthcare, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has issued a proposed rule for public comment that would authorize advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), including CRNAs, with Full Practice Authority. This effort supports the safe and effective care that CRNAs provide our nation’s Veterans. The proposed rule will be open for public comment – Click Here – for 60 days and will close on July 25, 2016.
The outcome of the proposed rule is far from certain, as the VHA’s efforts face attack from physician specialty groups, especially the American Society of Anesthesiologists. As part of the process to move the proposal forward, it is critical for the VHA to hear from AANA state associations, CRNAs, and other stakeholders in support of this change to Full Practice Provider status.
2016 VHA Action Packet for States – Public Comment Period
This Action Packet Includes these Resources:
- Information on submitting a public comment
- Suggested timeline of activities for state associations
- Sample state association public comment to the VHA
- Sample letter to AANA members in your state
- Sample e-mail to congressional contacts
- VHA web sticker for your state association website
- VHA Full Practice Authority One Pager
- VHA Full Practice Authority Talking Points
- VHA Full Practice Authority FAQ
Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance
The Veterans Access to Quality Healthcare Alliance is an initiative of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) organizations and others dedicated to providing and promoting the access to care Veterans need and deserve.
The primary sponsors of this website include the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Association. These groups are joined in their goal of ensuring Veterans’ access to APRN services by other nursing groups, veterans’ organizations, individual veterans, patient advocacy groups, congressional leaders, and others that together represent millions of individuals and healthcare providers across the country.