CAA Fact Sheets
We offer the following documents to educate and inform the public on the Certified Anesthesiologist Assistants (CAA) profession. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce unaltered.
Where Do CAAs Practice?
CAAs are authorized to practice in 17 jurisdictions -- 15 states, Washington, DC, and the US Territory of Guam. CAAs may practice at any Veterans Affairs facility in all 50 states. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognize both CAAs and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) as non-physician anesthesia providers. Similarly, commercial insurance payers make no distinction between the two anesthetist types with regard to payments for services provided under medical direction by a physician Anesthesiologist.
CAAs are excellent anesthesia practitioners
CAAs choose to practice in the Anesthesia Care Team model under the direction of a physician anesthesiologist. The care team approach has been shown to provide the highest quality patient care, and studies demonstrate the best outcomes are when a physician and anesthetist work together to treat patients.