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AA Credentialing Update - July 2021

From President Jeremy Cook, M.D.


I'm pleased to share important progress with you regarding KSA's work on credentialing Certified Anesthesia Assistants in Kansas.

Last Friday, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a statement confirming that legislation already on the books allows for Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants to practice in the state of Kansas under delegatory authority. This authority means that physician  anesthesiologists are responsible for ensuring the CAA has been adequately trained and educated. Fortunately, the technical review process with KDHE was completed two years ago, so this has already been done in Kansas.


The short version of my update is this: CAAs can now practice in Kansas if your facility wants to bring them in. The CAAs will still need appropriate credentialing.  

AA Credentialing Update - Winter 2017

As you are aware, the Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and KSA introduced Anesthesiologist Assistant (AA) licensing legislation in the Kansas House in July 2017.  Testimony both for and against the legislation was heard by the House Health Services Committee.  At the end of the day, concerns about opposition to the bill from KANA and questions regarding the need for going through the KDHE credentialing process stalled the bill in committee.  KMS and KSA are working with KDHE and KANA to address these concerns in anticipation of reintroducing legislation during the 2018 session.  Please contact your local legislators to express your support for licensing AA's in Kansas!



On Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Health and Human Services Committee in the Kansas House of Representatives introduced HB 2046, a bill that enacts licensure of anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) under the Board of Healing Arts. Currently, AAs are licensed in 14 states, including Missouri. They are trained in the physician assistant model and work under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist.


Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAAs) are highly skilled health professionals who work under the direction of licensed physician Anesthesiologists to implement anesthesia care plans. CAAs work exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team model as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). The goal of AA education is to guide the transformation of qualified student applicants into competent health care practitioners who aspire to work in the Anesthesia Care Team for the benefit of patients.


All CAAs must complete a comprehensive didactic and clinical program at the graduate school level. To be admitted into an AA training program, students must have earned a baccalaureate degree with premedical coursework. AAs are trained extensively in the delivery and maintenance of quality anesthesia care as well as advanced patient monitoring techniques. AAs perform such tasks as administering drugs, obtaining vascular access, applying and interpreting monitors, establishing and maintaining patient airway, and assisting with preoperative assessment. AAs train and work under the supervision of physician Anesthesiologists who retain responsibility for the immediate care of the patient. The care team model expands the medical treatment provided by the physician Anesthesiologist and equips the medical facility to serve patients more effectively and efficiently


Source: American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants