State Beat  |   January 2020
2019 State Affairs Year in Review
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State Beat
State Beat   |   January 2020
2019 State Affairs Year in Review
ASA Monitor 1 2020, Vol.84, 42-43.
ASA Monitor 1 2020, Vol.84, 42-43.
Working with ASA’s state components and grass-roots members, the ASA Department of State Affairs enjoyed an extremely successful 2019. During the course of the year, the State Affairs team reviewed more than 2,000 pieces of legislation and at least 1,000 proposed regulations to assist state component societies as they work to protect patient safety in each state. As a result of this work, an opt-out effort was publicly defeated in Mississippi, no states enacted legislation that would eliminate or relax physician involvement requirements for nurse anesthetists, and states are pushing back against some nurses’ efforts to manipulate medical titles.
Opt-Out: In a historic win for patient safety, Mississippi’s governor formally denied a request for the state to opt-out of the federal requirement for physician supervision. The governor’s letter provided in part that opting-out would not be in the best interests of the citizens of the state and would be inconsistent with state law. ASA, the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists, the Mississippi State Medical Association and a number of national/state specialty organizations jointly focused their resources to fight this dangerous nursing initiative. No governor has fallen for the empty promises of an opt-out since 2012.
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