Tuesday - July 23, 2024
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Montana Newsletter for Sunday April 28, 2024 ( 4 items )  

AANA Statement on BCBS Reimbursement Policy Changes
ROSEMONT, Illinois, April 23 -- The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology issued the following statement on April 22, 2024: * * * The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology (AANA) issued the following statement, attributable to AANA President Dru Riddle, PhD, DNP, CRNA, FAAN, in response to the announcement that Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) plans will no longer reimburse anesthesia providers based on patient care complexity: This week, AANA was informed of a change in anesthesia  more

Alliance Asks Forest Service to Close Bison Hunting Area Next to Yellowstone National Park Before Someone Gets Killed
HELENA, Montana, April 22 -- The Alliance for the Wild Rockies issued the following news: Pointing to the danger to residents, landowners, other hunters and the public during the bison hunt/cull this year, the Alliance for the Wild Rockies recently sent a letter to Mary Erickson, Supervisor of the Custer Gallatin National Forest, asking her to close Beattie Gulch to hunting. This 30 second video (https://youtu.be/oIEkKKjspZA?si=z8NBWdJMrN17NDwi) shows the slaughter that took place last year. (  more

Alliance for the Wild Rockies Stops 100 Miles of Roads and 5,000 Acres of Clearcuts on Montana Public Lands
HELENA, Montana, April 27 -- The Alliance for the Wild Rockies issued the following news: The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and its co-Plaintiff, Native Ecosystems Council, have prevailed in stopping the Middleman project in Montana's Big Belt Mountains, which was yet another massive and illegal Forest Service 20-year logging and burning project in western Montana. We believe the Forest Service settled the case because the agency had again violated a number of federal laws - including the Nati  more

Helmsley Charitable Trust Grants $12M to Enhance Trauma and Complex Care at Billings Clinic
BILLINGS, Montana, April 26 -- The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust issued the following news release: In states like Montana and Wyoming, where the distance between hospitals in rural communities and trauma centers can stretch hundreds of miles, the ability to deliver and coordinate complex care as quickly and effectively as possible closer to home can make all the difference. The critical time it takes to get a sick or injured person to definitive care is referred to as the "go  more