Call to Action: Grimm-Kirkpatrick Letter

All NMSA Members: We ask that you please support ASA's efforts to preserve current safe anesthesia policies within VA by calling your Member of Congress immediately and asking them to sign the "Grimm-Kirkpatrick Letter.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently considering an unprecedented policy change that will impact the surgical anesthesia care available to our nation's Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  The new policy will require all Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), including nurse anesthetists, to practice independently in all VA facilities, in all states, regardless of state law.

AMVETs and the Association of the U.S. Navy, two prominent national Veterans organizations, have raised concerns about this policy.

Authored by Representatives Michael Grimm (R-NY), a Gulf War Veteran and Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), a member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, the letter urges The Honorable Eric Shinseki, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to retain team-based care as described in the VA's "Anesthesia Service Handbook" - the current policy document for our nation's Veterans receiving anesthesia care in VA.

ASA recently sent out an action alert about this letter.  It may be found here with background information and supporting documents to help you with your outreach.  

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Daly of the ASA Advocacy Division in Washington, DC at 202-289-2222.