LEARNING,
CONNECTING AND
ADVOCATING FOR
ANESTHESIOLOGISTS
IN ILLINOIS

 

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WHAT WE DO

To advance and further patient safety and the practice of anesthesiology in Illinois through education, representation and advocacy of the Illinois anesthesiologist.

ILLINOIS VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN

94% want a physician led team administering anesthesia for their family (only 4% want a nurse anesthetist without physician supervision).

64% oppose Illinois legislation permiting nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia & respond to anesthesia emergencies without the involvement of a physician. 

The Legislative Journey to Independence Practice

ISA believes that only physicians have the clinical expertise and training to exercise independent medical judgment.

  • Preserved physician supervision of APNs.

  • APNs may prescribe five Schedule II drugs under limited circumstances.

  • APNs may prescribe Schedule II drugs under limited circumstances.

  • Clarified that an agreement outside of an employment arrangement may not restrict APNs from contracting with Medicare, or other health plans.

  • APNs introduced legislation to modify their title to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

  • APRN Legislation providing pathway to independent practice passes into law. CRNAs are excluded. Read more in News.

LEGISLATION TO LICENSE ANESTHESIOLOGIST ASSISTANTS: HB3205

With passage of this bill, Illinois will join most states in midwest which already license AAs and will allow AAs from Illinois working in other states to return to their home state.

  • Bill drafted by ISA filed in House.

  • Assigned to House Rules Committee.

  • Re-sent to Rules Committee where currently sits. Needs voices to get out of committee.

  • Continuing to explore avenues with other stakeholders that will secure licensure for AAs.

The new avalanche of administrative requirements with ICD10, MACRA, and every other acronym seems overwhelming if not depressing. It’s a great feeling to discover that no anesthesiologist is alone in this modern world. Illinois has an amazing talent pool to meet any challenge. Being a member of ISA helps me feel good about being a physician these days.

SEAN ADAMS, MD

ISA President, 2019-2020

Lobby Day 2020

March 2020

Join us in Springfield as we bring our message that patients in Illinois expect physician-led care. Exact date will be announced when the Illinois legislative calendar is made public.

ISA House of Delegates

Meeting held every April for members to get updates on issues and future legislation that could impact anesthesiology, vote on resolutions, and have a voice in what ISA supports each year. 

    LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NEWS

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    Sean Adams, MD, FASA ISA President, 2019-2020 The Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists was founded in 1948, and here we are 71 years later stronger than ever and confident that the future will be even better. I thank Dr. Ori Gottlieb, who has provided many years of...

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    ISA and ASA Efforts to Address Drug Shortages

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