April 16, 2010
Oklahoma Legislature Enacts “Oklahoma Interventional Pain Management and Treatment Act”
Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma signed into law S.B. 479, which
makes it unlawful to practice or offer to practice interventional pain
management unless such individual is a licensed MD or DO. This
legislation does not prohibit a nurse anesthetist from administering a
lumbar intra-laminar epidural steroid injection or peripheral nerve
blocks if requested by and under the supervision of a physician (MD/DO)
and under conditions in which timely on-site consultation by such
physician is available. This Act prohibits nurse anesthetist from
operating a freestanding pain management facility without direct
supervision of a physician who is board-certified in interventional
pain management or its equivalent.
The State Board of Medical Licensure and
Supervision is authorized to impose administrative penalties and to
initiate disciplinary and injunctive proceedings against any person who
violates this Act or rule promulgated pursuant thereto. Further, the
Board is authorized to apply for injunctive relief.
Congratulations to the Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists for their initiative and dedication to improving patient safety!