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Nurse Anesthetists Want to Provide Care with No Physician Oversight; Naturopaths Want to Be Licensed as Physicians!
Posted on: 2/27/2019

Your ISMS legislative team is working hard in Springfield on numerous initiatives, helping to advance bills that support medicine and push back on legislation that places patients in the path of danger. At the forefront are two scope bills that must be stopped:

  • House Bill 2813 would allow certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) to provide care, including the delivery of anesthesia, independent of physicians.  

As physicians know, the delivery of anesthesia is unlike any other medical service. It is a complex, high-risk service in which life threatening complications can present quickly. 

The delivery of anesthesia, as well as pain management, is considered critical care – not primary care. 

When adverse events arise, they require immediate medical attention by physicians to prevent serious injury or death. 

While the laws regulating CRNAs differ from state to state, it is important to note that forty-five states and the District of Columbia require physician supervision, collaboration, direction, consultation, agreement, accountability or discretion over CRNAs.  

  • House Bill 2338 would license naturopaths as physicians and allow them to provide a full range of medical services to patients in Illinois, including caring for children; providing specialty care, such as gynecological services; and treating patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and cancer.

Naturopaths do not have sufficient training to provide safe and effective medical care.  

Under House Bill 2338, the education required to be licensed as a naturopath would include attending an naturopathic accredited four-year school and completing only 4,200 hours of “clinical training,” which is simply time spent observing other naturopaths.  Also, there is no residency program that naturopaths are required to complete. 

Naturopathic education focuses much of its attention on botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and counseling. There is no consistent application of evidenced-based principles and scientific study for naturopathic treatments.

If you have any questions, please contact ISMS Vice President of Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien at 312-580-6488.

Watch for legislative updates in Physician Advocate and on the Legislative Action Hub

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