Effective July 1, 2020, new provisions added to state law that allow Nurse Practitioners licensed in the category of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to prescribe during the periprocedural care of a patient (See Virginia Code § 54.1-2957.01). Essentially, by operation of law CRNA’s will be granted prescriptive (Rx) authority automatically. Unlike other categories of Nurse Practitioners they will not have to apply nor will they receive a separate Rx Authority designation. Therefore, after July 1st, when obtaining License Verifications through our License Lookup system, you will not see a separate ‘Rx Authority’ for those Nurse Practitioners licensed in the category of CRNA. Verification of an NP license number that begins with 0024 combined with the CRNA specialty category would indicate that the CRNA is eligible to apply for a DEA number.