News and Commentary
President of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners lays out the gamut of the potential scope of practice reforms. Looking across regimes, states with restrictive laws tend to have 40% fewer nurse practitioners and state who adopted full practice authority have enjoyed significant cost savings.
The Association of American Medical Associations predicts that by 2032 the country will have a 47,000 to 122,000 physician shortfall. Jeffrey Singer explains the licensing changes needed to help fill that gap.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the state medical board to review the hundreds of sexual harassment complaints closed without any action taken. The reconsideration of the board’s practices is due to the discovery that a reported doctor was guilty and yet went unpunished by the board.
The Save Act in North Carolina would give relief to nurse practitioners burdened by the supervising physician requirement. Nurse practitioners are forced to have biannual meetings with doctors. These meetings turn out to be logistically difficult and expensive while providing extremely dubious benefits for public health.
To meet their doctor shortage, the NHS may create a program for training pharmacists to become full doctors.
In preparation for hurricane Dorian, Georgia eased licensing restrictions permitting out of state nurses, along with some other health professionals, to practice.
Michigan moves to become the fourth state to require licensure for music therapists.
Virginia is only now making it possible to update your license online.