Anesthesia Deconstructed: Science. Policy. Realities.

RAISING ARIZONA Pt. 1: Arizona's Zero to Hero Story with Ali J. Baghai, CRNA, AZANA Past President and Guide Anesthesia | AzAS Managing Partner

July 09, 2024 Season 6 Episode 12
RAISING ARIZONA Pt. 1: Arizona's Zero to Hero Story with Ali J. Baghai, CRNA, AZANA Past President and Guide Anesthesia | AzAS Managing Partner
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RAISING ARIZONA Pt. 1: Arizona's Zero to Hero Story with Ali J. Baghai, CRNA, AZANA Past President and Guide Anesthesia | AzAS Managing Partner
Jul 09, 2024 Season 6 Episode 12

Episode Summary: In this episode, Joe Rodriguez talks with Ali Baghai about his journey and impact as a CRNA in Arizona. Ali shares his experiences in CRNA advocacy, the evolution of anesthesia practice in Arizona, and his role in significant legislative changes. They also discuss the nuances of owning an anesthesia business and life in Arizona.

Highlights:

Introduction

  • Joe Rodriguez introduces the episode and welcomes Ali Baghai.
  • Brief discussion about the uniqueness of Ali's name and CRNA role.

Ali's Background

  • Ali shares his background, including his early involvement in CRNA politics.
  • Discusses his time as state president and the changes in Arizona's CRNA landscape since 2009.

Initial Involvement in CRNA Advocacy

  • Ali's journey from student representative to board member.
  • The transformation of Arizona's job market and practice landscape for CRNAs.

Key Meeting in 2012

  • Joe and Ali reminisce about a pivotal meeting in 2012 with other CRNA leaders.
  • The decision to aim for opt-out and the creation of the political action committee (PAC).

Legislative Success Stories

  • Ali's experience with legislative processes and passing key bills.
  • The significance of Senate Bill 1336 and the Surgeon Immunity Law.

Opt-Out Success

  • Discussion about Arizona becoming an opt-out state.
  • The ripple effect of Arizona's opt-out status on other states.

Dental Anesthesia Regulation

  • Ali's involvement in dental anesthesia regulation since 2019.
  • The challenges and outcomes of the new rules for pediatric safety and provider registration.

Business Ownership in Anesthesia

  • Ali's perspective on owning an anesthesia business.
  • The challenges and rewards of being a business owner in the healthcare field.

Arizona Living

  • Ali shares his love for living in Arizona, comparing it to his hometown of Boston.
  • Highlights of Arizona's climate, outdoor activities, and overall lifestyle.

Closing Remarks

  • Joe thanks Ali for his contributions to the CRNA community and the state of Arizona.
  • Final thoughts on the importance of advocacy and leadership in healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of CRNA advocacy and policy changes in improving anesthesia practice.
  • The impact of legislative victories on CRNA practice and patient care.
  • The challenges and rewards of owning an anesthesia business.
  • The unique lifestyle and opportunities in Arizona.

Guest Information:

  • Ali Baghai - CRNA, former state president, and key advocate for CRNA practice improvements in Arizona.
  • Joe Rodriguez - Host, CRNA, and managing partner in an anesthesia group.

Call to Action:

  • Subscribe to our podcast for more insightful conversations on healthcare and anesthesia.
  • Visit our website for more information on CRNA advocacy and resources.


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Show Notes

Episode Summary: In this episode, Joe Rodriguez talks with Ali Baghai about his journey and impact as a CRNA in Arizona. Ali shares his experiences in CRNA advocacy, the evolution of anesthesia practice in Arizona, and his role in significant legislative changes. They also discuss the nuances of owning an anesthesia business and life in Arizona.

Highlights:

Introduction

  • Joe Rodriguez introduces the episode and welcomes Ali Baghai.
  • Brief discussion about the uniqueness of Ali's name and CRNA role.

Ali's Background

  • Ali shares his background, including his early involvement in CRNA politics.
  • Discusses his time as state president and the changes in Arizona's CRNA landscape since 2009.

Initial Involvement in CRNA Advocacy

  • Ali's journey from student representative to board member.
  • The transformation of Arizona's job market and practice landscape for CRNAs.

Key Meeting in 2012

  • Joe and Ali reminisce about a pivotal meeting in 2012 with other CRNA leaders.
  • The decision to aim for opt-out and the creation of the political action committee (PAC).

Legislative Success Stories

  • Ali's experience with legislative processes and passing key bills.
  • The significance of Senate Bill 1336 and the Surgeon Immunity Law.

Opt-Out Success

  • Discussion about Arizona becoming an opt-out state.
  • The ripple effect of Arizona's opt-out status on other states.

Dental Anesthesia Regulation

  • Ali's involvement in dental anesthesia regulation since 2019.
  • The challenges and outcomes of the new rules for pediatric safety and provider registration.

Business Ownership in Anesthesia

  • Ali's perspective on owning an anesthesia business.
  • The challenges and rewards of being a business owner in the healthcare field.

Arizona Living

  • Ali shares his love for living in Arizona, comparing it to his hometown of Boston.
  • Highlights of Arizona's climate, outdoor activities, and overall lifestyle.

Closing Remarks

  • Joe thanks Ali for his contributions to the CRNA community and the state of Arizona.
  • Final thoughts on the importance of advocacy and leadership in healthcare.

Key Takeaways:

  • The importance of CRNA advocacy and policy changes in improving anesthesia practice.
  • The impact of legislative victories on CRNA practice and patient care.
  • The challenges and rewards of owning an anesthesia business.
  • The unique lifestyle and opportunities in Arizona.

Guest Information:

  • Ali Baghai - CRNA, former state president, and key advocate for CRNA practice improvements in Arizona.
  • Joe Rodriguez - Host, CRNA, and managing partner in an anesthesia group.

Call to Action:

  • Subscribe to our podcast for more insightful conversations on healthcare and anesthesia.
  • Visit our website for more information on CRNA advocacy and resources.


Note to Listeners: Don't forget to leave us a review and share this episode with your colleagues and friends in the healthcare community! Your support helps us bring more valuable content to you.

Send us a Text Message.

Follow us at:

Instagram
Facebook
Twitter/X