SDW news brief: CA court rejects nurse anesthetists supervision petition

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 15, 2010

In a victory for nurse anesthetists, a California Superior Court judge has rejected a petition filed by two medical groups who say that allowing unsupervised advanced practice nurses to administer anesthesia puts patients at risk.

The California Medical Association and the California Society of Anesthesiologists in February sued California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for opting out of the Medicare requirement that physicians supervise nurse anesthetists when Medicare patients are involved. The doctors' groups argued that the governor failed to follow steps required by Medicare regulations that required him to consult with state boards of medicine and nursing in waiving the federal requirement.

The news that the court had sided with the governor came in a statement from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, which supported the governor's action and filed a court declaration in support.

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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