Update on the Opt Out Litigation for CRNAs in CO
Dear CNA Members, Affiliate Nursing Organizations, and Interested Nursing Colleagues: This morning (7/19) Colorado Nurses Association received notification from our legal counsel, Linda Siderius, that a ruling had been filed today on the Opt Out litigation regarding the issue of physician supervision of CRNAs under Medicare Conditions of Participation. She advised that court of appeals had upheld the Governor's decision to opt out. Colorado Nurses Association has been involved in the lawsuit as one of the intervenors in the lawsuit supporting Governor Hickenlooper's position to Opt Out. The Colorado Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Colorado Hospital Association were also intervenors.
The following is our official statement on the ruling: Colorado Nurses Association is pleased that the Colorado Court of Appeals affirmed the trial Court's finding that the Governor's decision to opt out of the Medicare regulations for supervision of CRNAs by physicians in Colorado's critical access hospitals and fourteen other rural hospitals was consistent with Colorado law. This ruling is important for Colorado citizens to have access to health care, particularly in our rural areas. We are also pleased that the Court of Appeals affirmed that it is the Colorado Board of Nursing that governs the scope of practice for advanced practice nursing. The Colorado nursing community will continue to work with our physician colleagues and other members of health care teams to provide quality health care to our citizens. Thank you to all the members of the nursing community who have supported this issue. Congratulations was also extended to our association today by Marla Weston, CEO, American Nurses Association.
Fran Ricker, ED Colorado Nurses Association