CHA News Article

CHA Provides Support in CRNA Case Victory
CRNAs may now deliver anesthesia without physician supervision

In a victory for hospitals and patients, the California Supreme Court has denied the Petition for Review in a case brought by the California Association of Anesthesiologists and the California Medical Association challenging the state of California to require physician supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) when administering anesthesia.Last year, the Governor opted out of Medicare supervision requirements because state scope of practice laws allow CRNAs to deliver anesthesia without physician supervision. Both the trial and appellate courts upheld the Governor’s actions as appropriate and supported by state scope of practice laws.

CRNAs may now deliver anesthesia without physician supervision, and hospitals across California, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, can continue to take appropriate steps that address access to care. CHA has been involved in this litigation since its inception. Attorneys for CRNAs acknowledged CHA’s helpful role as amicus throughout the trial and appellate process, stating that ”CHA took a consistent position on the law, and even more importantly was the ‘atmospheric’ support of a constituency that had no reason to promote anything what would be unsafe.”