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Thank you to the thousands of individuals who made their voice heard against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed policy to remove physician anesthesiologists from the operating room. As a result of the Safe VA Care initiative, VA issued a final rule that includes a specific exclusion of nurse anesthetists from the full practice authority model of care. The final rule effectively preserves VA's current physician-led, team-based model of care for anesthesia that our nation's Veterans have earned and deserve.

Thank you to each and every person who was an advocate for our nation's Veterans. Your efforts have made all the difference.

On December 14, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released the Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) final rule that maintains safe, physician-led anesthesia care in VA. The above video references VA's initial, dangerous proposed policy that, if enacted, would have removed physician anesthesiologists from the surgical anesthesia care setting and would have lowered the standard of care for Veterans.

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