Opting Out of the Federal Rule Requiring Physician Supervision Does Not Increase Access to Anesthesia Care, Study Finds

The Medicare “opt-out” rule that allows anesthesia to be administered without physician supervision does not increase patient access to anesthesia care, according to a study recently published online in Anesthesia and Analgesia. The study shows that overall, opt-out states experienced a lower growth in anesthesia cases (anesthesia utilization rates) compared with non-opt-out states, suggesting that opt- out is not associated with an increase in access to anesthesia care.

Read the full article in the NSA March Newsletter (pdf download).