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News spotlight: CA physicians challenge court decision on nurse anesthetists

Nurse Leader Insider, February 7, 2011

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Physicians and nurses continue to battle over the right for nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without physician supervision. The California Medical Association (CMA) and the California Society of Anesthesiologists (CSA) have decided to challenge the recent court decision to allow nurse anesthetists to continue to exercise that right.

Federal rules call for physician supervision when nurse anesthetists administer the drug in federally reimbursed patients, but state governors can opt out under Medicare rules. Former CA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose that option in June 2009, and received resistance from both the CMA and CSA. But, a San Francisco Superior Court decided not to block the governor’s decision, and now the CMA and the CSA are fighting back again with an appeal, saying they will take it to the California Supreme Court of necessary.

Source: HealthLeaders Media
 



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