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New York bill directed at NPs' scope of practice.

A bill currently in the New York legislature would eliminate the need for a written practice agreement with a physician once a nurse practitioner has about three years of full-time experience. At issue is not just the autonomy of the state's nearly 16,000 NPs, but also whether removing the written agreement rule would make it easier to fill the growing shortage of primary care providers, as health reforms and increasing numbers of people with insurance coverage are fueling the demand for those providers. New York currently requires that an NP's collaborating doctor review at least one medical chart every three months. Doctors' groups argue removing the requirement would erode patient safety.
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Title Annotation:FROM THE STATES ...
Publication:Nursing Education Policy Newsletter
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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