ORANA Government Affairs

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Below is a list of Government Affairs.

May 3, 2014 Ultrasound Workshop

2012 AANA Mid-Year Assembly (Washington, DC)

Once again an enthusiastic group of ORANAs membership traveled to Washington DC to meet with our representatives and their legislative staff. We were able to have very productive discussions related to the quality, value and cost effectiveness Nurse Anesthetists bring to the health care market place in the United States.  

Scott Rigdon,
ORANA President

Roylene Rangel


OHP Provider Announcements Update

The following OHP Provider Announcement from the Oregon Health Authority, Division of Medical Assistance Programs is now available:











Fee-for-service rate reduction - Anesthesia

Affected Providers



If you have questions about the information in this e-mail, contact

Prescriptive Authority

 Prescriptive Authority

In Memoriam

It is with regret and sadness that I have been asked to inform you that one of our ORANA members, Richard C. Marsa, passed away last Saturday, August 14 from lymphoma. Richard has been a member and worked in several "fields" of anesthesia over his years in Oregon. I have known and worked with him off and on over the past 20 years and he will be missed by each one of us that have had the pleasure to work with him.

There will be a memorial service for Richard this coming Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 4PM. This will occur at the Sunset Christian Fellowship church in Hillsboro, OR. The address is 3033 SE 59th Ct., Hillsboro, OR  97123 (located behind and just West of Regal Cinemas Movie-on-TV theaters) off of TV Hwy (SH-8) and SW 234th Ave. in Hillsboro.

I am positive that his wife, Myrna and daughters, would appreciate your attendance if possible, or a card or note could be sent to the home address:

6840 SW 158th Ave.
Beaverton, OR  97007

Thank you for your thoughts, remembrance, and prayers for his family.

Les Sturgis

Up to 23 anesthesiologists will lose their jobs in September...


Willamette Week: July 7, 2010
"Turmoil at Good Sam: Up to 23 anesthesiologists will lose their jobs in September when Legacy Good Samaritan ends its contract with the Oregon Anesthesiology Group. The hospital plans to replace the doctors with nurse anesthetists. Unhappy physicians and their supporters have raised concerns about whether the switch puts cost savings ahead of patient safety (nurses make less than docs). Legacy spokesman Brian Terrett says the hospital will gain more control but not benefit financially from the transition because anesthesia costs are billed to patients. He added that the nurse anesthetists will be fully credentialed and supervised by doctors."

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) at a Glance

PR Dept., 222 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068-4001
(847) 692-7050 ▪ ▪
Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care to patients in the United States for nearly 150 years. The credential CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) came into existence in 1956.

Oregon Hospitals that rely on CRNAs for Anesthesia & Pain Management services

View Oregon Hospitals & CRNAs in a larger map

Rural Healthcare Provider Tax Credit

My CRNA colleagues,

It has come to my attention from our ORANA rural health chair Dennis Gundersen, CRNA, that the House has approved a bill that will subsequent ally remove the rural health care provider tax credit when it "sunsets" in 2016.  I implore you to contact your state senator and let them know you oppose it for very specific reasons related to your practice and concerns related to patient access to care if providers move to other non-rural areas of the state that may attract providers for such reasons as a higher salary if they allow the tax benefit to effectively sunset. Please use this link to find YOUR state senator and please contact them immediately! 

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