February 26, 2016
Indiana Governor Signs Anesthesiologist Assistant Licensure Regulations
On February 25, Indiana Governor, Mike Pence (R), signed regulations establishing anesthesiologist assistant licensure and application requirements, scope of practice, requirements for continuing education, as well as standards for practice protocols. The rules were prepared by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board which is responsible for anesthesiologist assistant licensing and practice regulation. With licensure rules now approved, anesthesiologist assistants may soon apply for licenses, seek hospital privileges, and serve the Indiana patients they were trained to care for as part of the patient-centered, physician anesthesiologist-led Anesthesia Care Team. The Medical Licensing Board is expected to begin accepting applications for licensure by April 2016.
Anesthesiologist assistants work under the medical direction of physician anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. They work exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team environment as described by ASA. All anesthesiologist assistants possess a premedical undergraduate background and complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school master’s degree level. They are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. To learn more about initiating anesthesiologist assistant legislation in your state, please feel free to contact Ashli Eastwood, State Affairs Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists!!
See also: Indiana governor signs anesthesiologist assistant licensure bill.