Ep 77: 10 Predictions for the Next Year from AANA CEO Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA

With so much uncertainty in our lives right now, it’s hard enough to figure out what’s going to happen over the next week much less the next year. But that’s what AANA CEO Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, has spent a lot of time thinking about to help the organization and its members plan for the next year. Find out what he thinks will happen in the industry and the profession over the next 12 months.

Click the timestamps below to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

On This Episode:

When we look back on 2020, this could be a year that holds so much significance for a variety of reasons. We all know what it’s meant to the health of many Americans, but it could also determine the direction our industry heads on a number of different topics.

That’s why it’s so important for leaders in our field to try and identify the effects of COVID-19 in the short-term and the long-term. It’s something that AANA CEO Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA, has been thinking long and hard about in order to make decisions for the future of the organization and its members.

He thought this podcast would be a great place to discuss his thoughts and share his vision on what the next 12 months could look like for CRNAs. So that’s what we’ll do on this episode of Beyond the Mask. Our conversation will touch on a wide variety of issues that are facing the healthcare industry, which we feel will be very helpful for CRNAs.

One topic Moore very concerned about is the future of hospitals, especially those in rural areas. Somewhere around 25% of the hospitals in this country are on the verge of financial collapse. The government is putting money into the system and elective surgeries are returning, which helps but isn’t going to bring everything back to pre-COVID levels. The result of that is two-fold. People in rural areas will have to travel further and the nurse anesthetists in those location will be displaced.

A lot of people are concerned about elective care and whether it will return to where it was to start 2020 and Moore has thoughts on that as well. It will likely depend on what part of the country you live but in general it might not be as quick to bounce back as many hope and he explains why he believes that.

The show will finish out with a great discussion on how scope of practice could change due to this pandemic. Both Moore and Sharon Pearce have a lot of thoughts on the topic, as we’re sure you do as well.

There’s a lot to cover but we expect this will be a beneficial conversation for CRNAs and hopefully provide a glimpse into the future.  

Check it out at the top of the page and use the timestamps to help you navigate through the many topics we discussed.

1:03 – Jeremy just got back from a trip to the beach.

1:37 – Our guest today is Randy Moore, DNP, MBA, CRNA CEO of the AANA

2:07 – How this show idea came up.

3:55 – What is view of the impact of unemployment on healthcare delivery and reimbursement.

5:18 – Does this lead us further down the path of a single payer system?

8:16 – Will the reliance on foreign countries for drugs and supplies change?

10:37 – What could the future waves of COVID-19 look like for our country?

14:52 – What effects might we see on CRNAs and members of the AANA.

18:02 – Has there been an increase in the AANA help line during this time?

19:07 – Do you think rural hospital may close as a result of what’s happening?

21:20 – Will big hospitals acquire those hospitals and use them or close them?

22:31 – How does this improve telehealth?

27:58 – Where will elective care go over the next year?

33:48 – Another big winner out of this is commercial payers.

35:48 – CRNAs are in a great position as scope of practice is modernized.

“There is a real possibility that we’re going to start to see hospital deserts in this country. Folks in rural and underserved areas are going to have to travel pretty far just to get basic medical care.”  






COVID-19 Pandemic

Ep 213: Moral Injury and Nurse Anesthesia

With the increased distress and rationing of care that arose during the COVID-19 pandemic, the topic of Moral Injury (MI) has started to garner much more attention in the world of healthcare. This repeated conflict between an individual’s morality and the management of care causes a deep emotional wound that often drives workers out of the profession altogether. Jerry Hogan, DNSc, CRNA wrote an article about this subject, so we’ve asked him to explain the effects of MI and how CRNAs can resolve this conflict.

Current Events

Ep 212: Thankful for the AANA and Its Ongoing Efforts for CRNAs

It hasn’t been the easiest year for a lot of people, but we know there’s still plenty to be grateful for as we approach another Thanksgiving. Specifically, we wanted to shine the light on the AANA and everything they do for our profession each year. New AANA President Angie Mund, DNP, CRNA is a friend of the show and someone we appreciate quite a bit so we wanted to spend some time with her on this holiday to talk about everything she’s hoping to accomplish over the next year.


Ep 211: Anesthesia Management for a Pheochromocytoma

We’ve had CRNAs and SRNAs ask us to give them the essential information needed to manage a particular case and today we’re going to do that with Pheochromocytoma. This is the second episode in our endocrine surgical procedures series and there will be some valuable info that you might find on exams as well. Here’s the power-packed episode for anesthesia management for a Pheochromocytoma that we hope you get a lot out of.




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