Office Surgery and Anesthesia

Unregulated practice in physician offices came under increasing scrutiny in the late 1990s.  Now, a majority of states have addressed office practice, and we anticipate that most states will probably address office practice issues in the next few years.  Measures that protect patients, such as minimum equipment standards, are certainly laudable.  Unfortunately, however, anesthesiologists in many states may well view regulation of the office setting as an opportunity to seek adoption of restrictive provisions concerning CRNAs.

Below is information relating to state regulation of anesthesia in an office setting:

Office Anesthesia Practice
Federation of State Medical Boards Report
AMA Actions Concerning Office-Based Surgery Regulation

Also, the AANA has published Standards for Office Based Anesthesia Practice.