The "Rural Pass-Through"

Did you know that the Federal Government directly subsidizes nurse anesthetists who practice in rural areas, but does not do the same for anesthesiologists? At the same time, the CRNAs are using the shortage of anesthesia services in rural areas as a rationale to expand the CRNA scope of practice. 

These practices are accomplished using Medicare, which means it is your tax dollars perpetuating this unfair payment scheme for inferior anesthetic care.

Important Rural Pass-Through Legislation Introduced:

Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced H.R. 1044, the “Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act.” ASA strongly supports this legislation that would increase rural patients’ access to high-quality anesthesia services provided by anesthesiologists.

Contact your Congress members and Senators today and ask them to support an end to this unfair practice by supporting H.R. 1044.

NM Senators:

Tom Udall, Jeff Bingaman

NM Representatives:

District 1: Martin Heinrich (Bernalillo County)

DIstrict 2: Steve Pierce (Southern NM)

District 3: Ben Lujan (Northern NM)