Indiana Governor Mike Pence gave the nod to anesthesiologist assistant licensing by signing into law Senate Bill 233 on March 25, 2014.
Anesthesiologist assistants have served as part of anesthesiologist-led care teams for more than 40 years, and with the passage of law in Indiana, are now licensed to practice in 16 states and the District of Columbia and are recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Veterans Affairs system, according to an announcement by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).
Last year, Governor Pence vetoed a similar bill allowing for anesthesiologist assistant licensure, along with licensing requirements for dieticians and music therapists. According to a May 8, 2013, Post-Tribune article, Governor Pence said at that time that he is in favor of fewer such licensing regulations for the state, not more. A March 21, 2014, Post-Tribune article indicates that supporters addressed the Governor’s concerns in this latest bill, however.
Senate Bill 233 also establishes the licensure of pharmacy technicians and diabetes educators.
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