Support needed to defeat PA HB823 restricting CRNA practice

  1. Immediate Action Needed--House Bill 823 Committee Vote Scheduled

    House Bill 823 was introduced by Representative Civera on March 8, 2001. The overall intent of this bill is to amend the Medical Practice Act and require that certified registered nurse anesthetists in the state of Pennsylvania be supervised by a
    physician who is physically present in the health care facility when the anesthesia is administered. The term "supervision" in the definition of the bill means medical direction by the qualified physician, and provides for the State Board of Medicine to
    promulgate regulations which define medical practice.

    This bill, if enacted, would negatively impact small, rural and underserved areas. The bill would also put responsibility for promulgating regulations defining medical practice under the State Board of Medicine. After struggling 20 plus years to have the
    joint boards (Nursing and Medicine) promulgate regs enabling CRNPs to prescribe, there is reason to believe this scenario could be repeated.

    PSNA believes that CRNAs are competent to administer anesthesia without supervision and this bill is a solution in search of a problem. We strongly oppose another group of advanced practice nurses being jointly regulated by the Board of Nursing and the
    Board of Medicine.

    This bill was referred the the House Appropriations Committee and is scheduled to be voted on by the Committee early this week. Please contact the members of the House Appropriations Committee and urge them to NOT support this legislation. If your time
    is limited, at the least contact the the chairs of the committee.

    The mailing address for all members and contact information for each chair of the committee have been provided.

    For additional contact information for Democratic committee members... http://listcaster.vertex.net/c.asp?u...appropriations
    For additional contact information for Republican committee members... http://listcaster.vertex.net/c.asp?u...mb/default.htm

    Democratic
    Room 512-E Main Capitol
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
    EVANS, DWIGHT Chair
    Telephone: (717) 783-1540
    devans@pahouse.net

    LAGROTTA, FRANK
    Subcommittee Chairman on Capital Budget

    MUNDY, PHYLLIS
    Subcommittee Chairman on Education

    JOSEPHS, BABETTE
    Subcommittee Chairman on Health and Human Services

    MYERS, JOHN
    Secretary

    Frankel, Dan
    Manderino, Kathy
    Mayernik, David J.
    Robinson, William
    Staback, Edward
    Stetler, Stephen
    Trich, Leo

    Republican
    Room 245 Main Capitol
    Harrisburg, PA 17120-2020
    BARLEY, JOHN Chair
    Telephone: (717) 787-7477
    Fax: (717) 787-7980
    jbarley@pahousegop.com

    LYNCH, JAMES
    Subcommittee Chairman on Capital Budget

    FLEAGLE, PAT
    Subcommittee Chairman on Education

    TAYLOR, JOHN
    Subcommittee Chairman on Health and Human Services

    DIGIROLAMO, GENE
    Secretary

    Adolph, William
    Baker, Matthew
    Barrar, Stephen
    Cohen, Lita
    Dally, Craig
    Forcier, Theresa
    Lawless, John
    Nickol, Steven
    Orie, Jane
    Rohrer, Sam
    Saylor, Stanley
    Schroder, Curt
    Stern, Jerry
    Strittmatter, Jere
    Zug, Peter
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