State Beat  |   December 2014
2014 State Policy Highlights
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State Beat
State Beat   |   December 2014
2014 State Policy Highlights
ASA Monitor 12 2014, Vol.78, 38-40.
ASA Monitor 12 2014, Vol.78, 38-40.
2014 was a busy legislative and regulatory year for ASA’s main state-level policy issues. Many states are no longer in legislative session, but regulatory initiatives continue apace. In 2014, we saw initiatives in several major policy areas: anesthesiologist assistants, nurse anesthetist scope of practice (and related APRN Consensus Model language and prescriptive authority), Truth in Advertising, dental anesthesia, pain clinics, pain management as the practice of medicine, and office surgery.
AAs are highly-trained master’s degree non-physician anesthesia care providers who work under the direction of physician anesthesiologists; they have served as members of physician-led anesthesia care teams for more than 40 years. In 2014, states including Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and New York considered AA legislation. In March, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law AA licensure legislation (P.L.58-2014, effective July 1, 2014) making Indiana the 17th jurisdiction to authorize AA practice. A proposed regulation in Nevada would authorize delegatory authority for AAs under the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist. Another proposed regulation in Florida would add AAs (under the supervision of a physician anesthesiologist) to the list of qualified anesthesia providers in office surgery settings.
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