State Beat  |   June 2014
Indiana Authorizes AAs: 17th Jurisdiction to Authorize AA Practice
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State Beat
State Beat   |   June 2014
Indiana Authorizes AAs: 17th Jurisdiction to Authorize AA Practice
ASA Monitor 06 2014, Vol.78, 58-59.
ASA Monitor 06 2014, Vol.78, 58-59.
On March 25, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) signed into law Senate Bill 233, which authorizes licensure for anesthesiologist assistants (AAs). This legislative success was the result of a multi-year effort by the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists (ISA) and the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants. Indiana will be the 17th jurisdiction to authorize AA practice. AAs are also recognized federally by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Veterans Affairs system.
William McNiece, M.D., ISA President, stated that the new law will help Indiana keep pace with the growing demand for anesthesia services. He commented, “I am pleased Indiana has joined the list of states where anesthesiologist assistants can be licensed and work with anesthesiologists to deliver safe anesthetic care to patients. I believe this is a positive step for Indiana patients who need anesthesia for surgery or a procedure. We now look forward to implementing the new legislation and to beginning the process of introducing anesthesiologist assistants into anesthesiology practices in Indiana.”
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