Governor Beshear opens door to nurse anesthetists in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear is exempting nurse
anesthetists from a federal requirement that they be supervised by
a physician when administering anesthetics to patients.

The move, opposed by anesthesiologists, would allow hospitals
and surgery centers in Kentucky to use non-physicians for the task.

Beshear announced his decision Friday to opt out of the federal
requirement, saying the change won't affect quality of care.

The Kentucky Association of Nurse Anesthetists says Kentucky is
the 17th state to opt out in the 10 years since the federal
government gave states this choice.

The Kentucky Hospital Association supported the change. But the
Kentucky Society of Anesthesiologists called on Beshear to reverse
his decision because the group says it threatens the safety of
patients.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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