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Utah Introduces Anesthesiologist Assistant Licensure Legislation

Lisa Percy, J.D., Manager
State Legislative and Regulatory Affairs


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egislation was introduced into the Utah Legislature that would have licensed anesthesiologist assistants (AAs). H.B. 477 would have authorized AAs to administer anesthesia under the supervision of a physician specializing in anesthesia. The supervising anesthesiologist would have been actively engaged in clinical practice and immediately available on site to supervise the AA. The practice of an AA would have also been defined by administrative rule. H.B. 477 would have created an AA licensing board that consists of four people licensed in accordance with the AA Licensing Act and one member of the general public. The division of occupational health could have issued a temporary license to an AA who had not yet passed the certification examination offered by the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants, but who had met the statutory requirements concerning temporary licenses.
 

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