Licensed in New York? Act Now on Proposed N.Y. Budget Provision on CRNA Independent Practice

Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018

anesthesia-articleNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year contains a provision that would permit certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to administer anesthesia without adhering to the existing requirement that a physician anesthesiologist be physically present and immediately available to supervise the nurse anesthetist.

Pennsylvania physicians who are also licensed to practice in New York are urged to oppose this provision. The American Medical Association (AMA), the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) are working to defeat this provision, and the action of physicians licensed in New York is vital to these efforts.

Here’s how physicians can take action to oppose this provision and support maintaining safe, high-quality anesthesia care:

  • New York Anesthesiologists can participate in the ASA’s call to action here.
  • All other New York physicians licensed can take action via the Medical Society of New York’s website here.

Please contact the AMA’s Kristin Schleiter at with any questions.

Additional Resources

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) supports physician-led, team-based care that emphasizes increased coordination over provider autonomy, and this issue remains one of PAMED’s legislative priorities. Learn more about PAMED’s current advocacy priorities here.

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