North Carolina CRNAs Fight Legislation Requiring Physician SupervisionMany North Carolina certified registered nurse anesthetists attended a General Assembly hearing Thursday to protest a bill that would require formal physician supervision of their practice, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Republican Rep. Nelson Dollar, one of the four bill sponsors, said the bill would help the state work toward a higher patient safety standard. The language of the legislation requires CRNAs to work in collaboration with or under the supervision of a physician, according to the report.
However, CRNA opponents of the bill say it will create an increased cost for patients and decreased access to care.
Currently, CMS allows states to opt out of physician supervision without sacrificing Medicare payments. Fifteen states have done so.
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