More states push to clarify CRNA scope of practice: 4 laws to know 

The American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology is one of the chief organizations pushing state legislatures to remove barriers on certified nurse anesthetists' scope of practice. 

Here are four states that have clarified the scope of practice for CRNAs in 2022:

1. In June, CRNA scope of practice in Maryland was expanded to include the ability to order and prescribe medications, including controlled substances, the association said. 

2. In May, Michigan became the 20th state to opt out of the physician supervision requirement for CRNAs. 

3. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey April 18 signed into law a provision that allows CRNAs to provide anesthesia services in coordination with a physician, podiatrist or dentist.

4. The Alaska Board of Nursing adopted rules Jan. 19 that eliminated specific administrative procedures as a requirement for CRNA licensure, the association said. With the passage, CRNAs and other advanced practice registered nurses are no longer required to submit to the state "consultation and referral plans" to provide anesthesia services.

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