Thank you Loisane, I figured that was the case, as the lawsuit between the ASA and the Governor of Colorado has yet to be decided. I would imagine that the ASA will be able to drag this out in the courts for quite a while.
I have read quite a few things about the recent JCAHO decision.
I have reflected on it a bit, and I feel that if this was a physician backed decision, they may have cut their nose off to spite their face.
I think that while immediately, this will cause problems with small hospitals in rural areas. There are not enough MDAs currently practicing to cover the anesthesia need of these areas. As such, It will have the longterm effect, of forcing the hospitals in these areas to fight for the independant practice of CRNAs. So, I see more states being forced to consider opting out, in order to provide care for their citizens. If JCAHO really enforces this, I think there are going to be a large number of governors considering CRNA practice in the near future.
Regarding AA practice, I am a bit baffled. If this was backed by the ASA, it is not going to help them get AAs more recognition. In fact, in the short term, it is going to drive CRNAs into the city, to directly compete with AAs in urban areas.
I am not sure how this new JCAHO change will pan out, but I am hopeful.