Bill to make anesthesia services more accessible in rural areas led by Jenkins – Ripon Advance


Bill to make anesthesia services more accessible in rural areas led by Jenkins – Ripon Advance

In an effort to improve health care for those living in rural communities, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) recently introduced a bill to permit rural hospitals to use “pass-through” Medicare Part A funds to help recruit and retain physician anesthesiologists.
Medicare Part A funds can currently be used to cover anesthesia services provided in rural hospitals by anesthesiologist assistants and certified registered nurse anesthetists — but not services provided by physician anesthesiologists.
The Medicare Access to Rural Anesthesiology Act, H.R. 2881, which Jenkins introduced with bipartisan support from U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-MO), would amend the Social Security …

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