updated June 2023
PSA remains vigilant in monitoring legislation and efforts that would lower the standards of patient safety in the Commonwealth. PSA’s primary concern is to ensure patients in Pennsylvania are protected and have standards of care that are consistent with the safest practices in anesthesia care.
Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs):
PSA continues to work with the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (AAAA) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants (PAAA) regarding the licensure of CAAs in Pennsylvania. The Pandemic has created shortages of critical providers and the need for qualified, well-trained medical professionals continues to increase.
Since the beginning of the new legislative session, PSA has been hard at work meeting with members of the administration and the legislature to help bring CAAs to Pennsylvania. As the legislative session heats up, we will be sure to keep you updated about what is happening with CAAs in Pennsylvania.
Legislation Prohibiting CAAs:
Last session, two co-sponsorship memos to prohibit CAAs from practicing in Pennsylvania were circulated. As we continue through the current legislative session, we will monitor to see if these co-sponsorship memos are circulated again.
CRNPs:Senate Bill 25 has been reintroduced this session by Senator Bartolotta (R-Washington) and Senator Boscola (D-Lehigh). This legislation would replace the title CRNP with the title of APRN-CNP and allow the APRN-CNPs to practice as “licensed independent practitioners.” PSA is paying close attention to this legislation and any legislation that involves the APRN model.