Anesthesiology Assistant (AA)

An Anesthesia Assistant (AA) is a specially trained, health professional who participates in the care of the stable surgical patient during general, regional, or conscious sedation anesthesia through medical directives under the supervision of the anesthesiologist.

  • AAs are permitted by State law to administer anesthesia
  • AAs have successfully completed a 6-year program for anesthesiology assistants
    • 2 years consists of specialized academic and clinical training in anesthesia
    • Specialty code 32
    • 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 410.69 (b)
  • Operate within the scope of practice for their state.
  • May submit claims to Medicare directly for their services or have payment made to an employer or an entity under which they have a contract. This could be a hospital, physician or ambulatory surgical center.

AAs usually work in hospitals under the direction of a licensed Anesthesiologist and exclusively within the Anesthesia Care Team environment as described by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

Locum Tenens arrangements do not apply to CRNAs and AAs.

Last Updated Fri, 20 Mar 2015 14:53:02 +0000