CRNAs: Cost-Effective Care

As U.S. healthcare providers brace to handle providing care to some 30 million new customers, managing costs is of paramount concern. The challenge – find ways to improve patient access to safe, quality care without over-burdening the system.

Enter the CRNA. These trained professionals deliver the same safe, high-quality care as other anesthesia professionals but at a lower cost. In fact, a landmark study published in 2010 found that the most cost-effective anesthesia delivery model is a CRNA working as the sole anesthesia provider. Because Medicare pays the same fee for anesthesia services provided by a CRNA, an anesthesiologist, or both working together, the higher compensation of the anesthesiologist is borne by the hospital, healthcare facility or patients. Legislation passed as part of the Affordable Care Act promotes coverage of CRNA services within their scope of practice, so health plans support a competitive, high-quality healthcare marketplace. And most managed care plans recognize CRNAs for providing high-quality anesthesia care with reduced expenses to patients and insurance companies.