Kevin Downey, Colorado Hospital Association
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CHA Statement on Decision Granting Appeal of CRNA Supervisory Opt-Out Ruling

Date Oct. 8, 2013

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, COLO. (Oct. 8, 2013) — Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) President and Chief Executive Officer Steven J. Summer made the following statement regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s Oct. 7 decision granting a partial appeal of the state’s opt-out of the Medicare requirement for certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to administer anesthesia under physician supervision:
“CHA firmly believes it is more important than ever that qualified health care practitioners, including CRNAs, be permitted to practice up to the maximum level of care delivery permitted under their respective licenses. This is even more critical given the anticipated coverage expansions under health care reform. Lingering scope-of-practice boundaries that fail to advance the interests of patients should not be used to impose artificial barriers limiting access to care throughout Colorado. CHA intends to vigorously support the two lower court decisions, which have already upheld these principles and the overall propriety of the Governor’s Medicare opt-out determination.”

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The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) represents 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout Colorado. CHA partners with its members to work towards health reform and performance improvement, and provides advocacy and representation at the state and federal level. Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to providing coverage and access to safe, high-quality and affordable health care. In addition, Colorado hospitals have a tremendous impact on the state’s economic stability and growth, contributing to nearly every community across the state with 72,000 employees statewide.