American Society of Anesthesiologists - State Activities

State Activities

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State legislative and regulatory activities can have a significant impact on the anesthesiology profession and the patients it serves. Find out what is happening with these activities and learn what you can do to ensure the safest and best environment for patients and physician anesthesiologists in your state.

Core Issues:


Physician Supervision of Nurse Anesthetists

Pain Medicine

Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants

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Hot Items:

Washington D.C. Increases Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant Supervision Ratio

ASA Comments to FTC on Health Care Competition

Health Policy Research Briefs:


Evidence-Based Review Did Not Find Nurse Anesthetists' Care Equal to that of Physician Anesthesiologists



Study of Ambulatory Surgery Finds Better Outcomes When Physician Anesthesiologists Provide Care

Lack of Clinical Direction from Physician Anesthesiologists Associated with Higher Patient Mortality

Validity Issues Harm Study Funded by Nurse Anesthetists

For more information and documents from the ASA Health Policy Research Department, please visit

General Information:

ASA State Governmental Affairs Handbook (Members Only)

AA Practice Advocacy Guide (Members Only)