GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

SESSION 2007

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HOUSE BILL 1492

Committee Substitute Favorable 5/7/07

 

 

 

Short Title:     Anesthesiologist Assistants Licensure.

(Public)

Sponsors:

 

Referred to:

 

April 17, 2007

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT authorizing the licensure of anesthesiologist assistants.

The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:

SECTION 1.  G.S. 90-11 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:

"(a1)    Every applicant for licensure as an anesthesiologist assistant in the State shall meet the following criteria:

(1)       Satisfy the North Carolina Medical Board that the applicant is of good moral character.

(2)       Submit to the Board proof of completion of a graduate level training program accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or its successor organization.

(3)       Submit to the Board proof of current certification from the National Commission of Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) or its successor organization, including passage of a certification examination administered by the NCCAA. The applicant shall take the certification exam within 12 months after completing training.

(4)       Meet any additional qualifications for licensure pursuant to rules adopted by the Board."

SECTION 2.  G.S. 90-15 reads as rewritten:

" 90-15.  License fee; salaries, fees, and expenses of Board.

Each applicant for a license by examination shall pay to the North Carolina Medical Board a fee which shall be prescribed by the Board in an amount not exceeding the sum of four hundred dollars ($400.00) plus the cost of test materials before being admitted to the examination. Whenever a license is granted without examination, as authorized in G.S. 90-13, the applicant shall pay to the Board a fee in an amount to be prescribed by the Board not in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00). Whenever a limited license is granted as provided in G.S. 90-12, the applicant shall pay to the Board a fee not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), except where a limited license to practice in a medical education and training program approved by the Board for the purpose of education or training is granted, the applicant shall pay a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), and where a limited license to practice medicine and surgery only at clinics that specialize in the treatment of indigent patients is granted, the applicant shall not pay a fee. A fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be paid for the issuance of a duplicate license. All fees shall be paid in advance to the North Carolina Medical Board, to be held in a fund for the use of the Board. The compensation and expenses of the members and officers of the Board and all expenses proper and necessary in the opinion of the Board to the discharge of its duties under and to enforce the laws regulating the practice of medicine or surgery shall be paid out of the fund, upon the warrant of the Board. The per diem compensation of Board members shall not exceed two hundred dollars ($200.00) per day per member for time spent in the performance and discharge of duties as a member. Any unexpended sum or sums of money remaining in the treasury of the Board at the expiration of the terms of office of the members of the Board shall be paid over to their successors in office.

For the initial and annual registration licensure of an assistant to a physician, the Board may require the payment of a fee not to exceed a reasonable amount.

For the initial and annual licensure of an anesthesiologist assistant, the Board may require the payment of a fee not to exceed one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00)."

SECTION 3.  G.S. 90-18(c) is amended by adding a new subdivision to read:

"(c)      The following shall not constitute practicing medicine or surgery as defined in subsection (b) of this section:

(20)     The provision of anesthesia services by a licensed anesthesiologist assistant under the supervision of an anesthesiologist licensed under Article 1 of this Chapter in accordance with rules adopted by the Board."

SECTION 4.  Article 1 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:

" 90-18.5.  Limitations on anesthesiologist assistants.

(a)       Any person who is licensed to provide anesthesia services as an assistant to an anesthesiologist licensed under Article 1 of this Chapter may use the title 'anesthesiologist assistant.' Any other person who uses the title in any form or holds himself or herself out to be an anesthesiologist assistant or to be so licensed without first obtaining a license shall be deemed in violation of this Article. A student in any anesthesiologist assistant training program shall be identified as a 'student anesthesiologist assistant' or an 'anesthesiologist assistant student,' but under no circumstances shall the student use or permit to be used on the student's behalf the terms 'intern,' 'resident,' or 'fellow.'

(b)       Anesthesiologist assistants are authorized to provide anesthesia services under the supervision of an anesthesiologist licensed under Article 1 of this Chapter under the following conditions:

(1)       The North Carolina Medical Board has adopted rules governing the provision of anesthesia services by an anesthesiologist assistant consistent with the requirements of subsection (c) of this section.

(2)       The anesthesiologist assistant holds a current license issued by the Board or is a student anesthesiologist assistant participating in a training program leading to certification by the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants and licensure as an anesthesiologist assistant under G.S. 90-11(a1).

(c)       The North Carolina Medical Board shall adopt rules to implement this section that include requirements and limitations on the provision of anesthesia services by an anesthesiologist assistant as determined by the Board to be in the best interests of patient health and safety. Rules adopted by the Board pursuant to this section shall include the following requirements:

(1)       That an anesthesiologist assistant be supervised by an anesthesiologist licensed under Article 1 of this Chapter who is actively engaged in clinical practice and immediately available on site to provide assistance to the anesthesiologist assistant. One anesthesiologist may supervise no more than two licensed anesthesiologist assistants at one time. However, the limitation shall in no way restrict the number of other qualified anesthesia service providers an anesthesiologist may concurrently supervise.

(2)       That no more than two student anesthesiologist assistants be supervised by one anesthesiologist at one time. However, the limitation shall in no way restrict the number of other qualified anesthesia providers an anesthesiologist may concurrently supervise.

(3)       That anesthesiologist assistants comply with all continuing education requirements and recertification requirements of the National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants or its successor organization.

After January 1, 2010, the Board may, by rule, allow an anesthesiologist to supervise up to four licensed anesthesiologist assistants concurrently and revise the supervision limitations of student anesthesiologist assistants such that the supervision requirements for student anesthesiologist assistants are similar to the supervision requirements for student nurse anesthetists.

(d)       Nothing in this section shall limit or expand the scope of practice of physician assistants under existing law."

SECTION 5.  This act is effective when it becomes law.