scope of practice

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    New bill would expand healthcare access, especially in rural areas

    This week legislators introduced an act to expand the scope of practice allowed for advanced practice nurse practitioners (APRNs). Labeled the SAVE Act, the bill would APRNs to perform more medical duties. From the NC Insider (subscription required):…
    Brian Balfour, March 12, 2021
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    R Street Institute Shares CJ Story about CON Laws

    This week, the R Street Institute published an article on the small regulatory reforms states could make to help their citizens during the Coronavirus outbreak. States like Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington have taken steps to reduce regulatory burdens so that medical professionals in other states “can be licensed… as quickly…
    Brenee Goforth, March 19, 2020
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    Rolling Back Restrictive Regulations: Health Care

    The health care industry has undergone many major changes in the 21st century, but North Carolina’s rules and regulations haven’t kept up. That is the theme of JLF’s Jordan Roberts’ most recent opinion piece featured in Carolina Journal. Roberts writes: In any given sector of the American economy, there will…
    Brenee Goforth, February 17, 2020
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    Roberts’ Review: 2019 NC Health Policy

    JLF’s health care researcher Jordan Roberts is recapping the health care legislation that passed (and didn’t pass) in North Carolina’s last legislative session. Medicaid Expansion Roberts writes: Medicaid expansion was a question of whether to expand our state’s Medicaid program to include able-bodied, working-age adults…
    Brenee Goforth, January 16, 2020
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    Nurse Practitioners Could Fill Geriatric Health Care Gap

    This week, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak wrote an article on the effects of scope-of-practice restrictions on the supply of health care professionals for geriatric patients. Havlak writes: Thousands of elderly patients lost their health care provider, and nurse practitioner Michelle Schmerge had to watch them go.  When her supervising physician…
    Brenee Goforth, January 7, 2020
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    The Next Frontier of Reform is Medical

    Access to quality, affordable health care in rural North Carolina is an issue, writes Becki Gray. She looks at four policy changes that could change the equation — not with a new government program, but by embracing innovation and removing barriers. One example is to allow providers to practice…
    Donna Martinez, May 17, 2018