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Can a Podiatrist supervise a CRNA according to CMS?
With regards to 42 CFR 482.12(c)(1) and (c)(1)(iii), and 482.52(a)(3) and (4), can a podiatrist, who is the operating practitioner, supervise a CRNA providing anesthesia along the continuum--General and Regional, along with Topical (Local), if State law only allows the podiatrist to perform local anesthesia?
The performing practitioner cannot supervise (oversee or monitor) what (s)he cannot do--either via qualification/training or regulation. Also, the hospital's policy and procedures and/or medical staff's rules and regulations should be clear in this regard.