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A proposed rule on physician supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) maintains the current physician supervision requirement unless the governor of a state, after consulting with the state’s boards of medicine and nursing, exempts this requirement and the exemption is consistent with state law. The Clinton administration had issued a proposal that allowed CRNAs to perform cases without MD supervision.
Comments on the new proposed rule must be received by Sept. 4, 2001. Mail written comments (one original and three copies) to: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-3070-P, P.O. Box 8013, Baltimore, MD 21207-8013. For further information on the rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, contact Stephanie Dyson, RN, at (410) 786-9226 or Jeannie Miller, RN, at (410) 786-3164.
The proposed rule in the July 5, 2001, Federal Register is available free on line at the web site: www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/aces/aces140.html. Also, many libraries have copies. To order a copy, specify the date, and enclose a check or money order for $9 made out to the Superintendent of Document, or enclose your Visa or MasterCard number and the expiration date. Send your request to: New Orders, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. Credit card orders also can be placed by calling (202) 512-1800 or faxing the request to (202) 512-2250.