Please ask your Senator to oppose SB 2214, the legislation that
would create new licensure for anesthesiologist assistants. We are all
concerned about rising healthcare costs, but this bill would not provide a
solution and could have negative consequences for providers and patients alike.
As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, I am concerned about the
lack of scientific evidence or data regarding the quality of care of AA
practice or associated patient outcomes.
Please consider these points:
- There is no Anesthesia Assistant degree program offered by
any college or university in Illinois.
- AAs may not work without anesthesiologist direction and thus
do not ensure greater patient access in rural and underserved areas.
- The use of AAs is an inefficient and more costly model of
anesthesia services to our state's health care system.
- This bill is anti-competitive because it does not include
language that allows CRNAs to directly supervise Anesthesiologist Assistants.
- This bill does not require AAs to comply with federal
guidelines. This could contribute to Medicare fraud as well as increased
liability to physician anesthesiologists.
Please ask your Senator to vote NO on SB2214!