States Mull Expanding Role of Midlevel Health Professionals


States are seeking to define the extent of health care services that a growing group of midlevel health professionals -- such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners -- can provide, as demand for their skills rises amid a potential physician shortage. More than 1,795 state-level scope-of-practice bills have been proposed in the last two years, 349 of which were enacted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Matt Wayt
The story has been updated to attribute data on the scope-of-practice bills to the National Conference of State Legislatures. -- The Editors
Linda Brokaw
Would like to see expansion on the 349 scope of practice bills passed. How is that helping with serving the medically needy?

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