PA: Urgent---Help defeat House Bill 823 restricting CRNA practice

  1. CRNA Legislation Up For Committee Review Oct. 23 -- Immediate Action Needed!

    House Bill 823 will be reviewed by the Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee on October 23, 2001. HB 823, which was introduced by Representative Civera was passed by the House of Representatives on June 6, 2001. This bill will go before the full Senate for a vote if it is passed by the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee.

    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. PSNA Strongly opposes this bill.

    Immediate Action Needed
    Contact members of the Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee to express your opposition to House Bill 823.Call, email, fax, or write these Senators today!

    Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure Committee Members

    The Honorable Clarence D. Bell, Chair
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    20 East Wing
    Senate Box 203009
    Harrisburg, PA 12020
    Phone: 717-787-4712
    Fax: 717-783-7490
    280 N. Providence Road
    Media, PA 19063-3525
    Phone: 610-565-9100
    Fax: 610-447-3034

    The Honorable Lisa M. Boscola
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    183 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203018
    Harrisburg, PA 12020
    Phone: 717-787-4236
    Fax: 717-783-1257
    548 North New Street
    Bethlehem, PA 18018
    Phone: 610-868-8667
    Fax: 610-861-2184

    The Honorable Gerald J. LaValle
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    458 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203047
    Harrisburg, PA 12020
    Phone: 717-787-3076
    Fax: 717-772-2756
    239 Brighton Avenue
    Rochester, PA 15074
    Phone: 724-774-0444
    Fax: 724-773-7384

    The Honorable Charles W. Dent
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    460 Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203016
    Harrisburg, PA 12020
    Phone: 717-787-1349
    Fax: 717-772-3458
    801 Hamilton Street
    Allentown, PA 18101
    Phone: 610-821-8468
    Fax: 610-821-6798

    The Honorable Jeffery E. Piccola
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    171 Main Capitol
    Senate Box 203015
    Harrisburg, PA 12020
    Phone: 717-787-6801
    Fax: 717-783-3722
    27 South Market Street
    Elizabethville, PA 17023
    Phone: 717-362-9051
    Fax: 717-783-0239

    The Honorable Stewart Greenleaf
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    19 East Wing
    Senate Box 203012
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    Phone: 717-787-6599
    Fax: 717-783-7328
    27 N. York Road
    Willow Grove, PA 19090-3419
    Phone: 215-657-7700
    Fax: 215-560-6052

    The Honorable Mary Jo White
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    168 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203021
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    Phone: 717-787-9684
    Fax: 717-787-6088
    1256 Liberty Street, Suite B
    PO Box 774
    Franklin, PA 16323
    Phone: 814-432-4345
    Fax: 814-437-4820

    The Honorable Vincent J. Fumo
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    545 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203001
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    Phone: 717-787-5662
    Fax: 717-783-5210
    1208 Tasker Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19148
    Phone: 215-468-3866
    Fax: 215-952-1096

    The Honorable Allen G. Kukovich
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    185 Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203039
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    Phone: 717-787-6063
    Fax: 717-772-0580
    10526 Old Trail Road
    Hauger Professional Building
    North Huntingdon, PA 15642
    Phone: 724-863-0605
    Fax: 412-664-5240

    The Honorable Robert M. Tomlinson
    Senate of Pennsylvania
    188 Main Capitol Building
    Senate Box 203050
    Harrisburg, PA 17120
    Phone: 717-787-5072
    Fax: 717-772-2991
    2307 Bristol Pike, Suite 3
    Bensalem, PA 19020
    Phone: 215-638-1777
    Fax: 215-638-7619

    PSNA Opposes HB 823

    This bill is unacceptable for many reasons and must be strongly opposed. CRNAs have been providing quality anesthesia in cooperation with a physician in Pennsylvania for many years. They are competent to administer anesthesia without direct medical supervision. This proposed bill would contradict the recent HCFA ruling that CRNAs would not be required to have direct supervision.

    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. PSNA strongly opposes another group of advanced practice nurses being jointly regulated by the Board of Nursing and the Board of Medicine.

    CRNA's in PA have been administering anesthesia in collaboration with physicians for 80 years without always having their collaborator in house....they know when surgery requires the presence of an anesthesiologist in house/OR suite.
    Don't allow another function of advanced nurses to be restricted...remember, nurses were the one originally administering ether BEFORE physician specialists were created!
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Oct 15, '01
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