Trump Administration: Ease Scope of Practice Laws

A new report out this week suggests that easing scope of practice laws would make U.S. healthcare more competitive and efficient.  The report, “Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition,” was called for by President Trump and jointly issued by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury.

“[A]dvanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), physician assistants (PAs), pharmacists, optometrists, and other highly trained professionals can safely and effectively provide some of the same healthcare services as physicians, in addition to providing complementary services,” the report stated.

The report goes on to recommend states consider changing their scope-of-practice statutes and federal and state governments allow legislative and administrative proposals to allow for payment for services.

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