Allowing Certified Nurses to Perform more Services

H.3078 would allow nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists to perform an increased number of medical services/acts without the express written approval of a state board or licensed physician, and without a physician present to supervise. These services include but aren’t limited to: prescribing pharmaceuticals to patients (the level of drug depending on the nurse’s training), referring patients to physical therapists, and certifying the claims of an individual applying for a handicap placard.

Allowing a greater number of appropriately trained professionals to provide medical services will help to drive down costs health care costs by increasing the supply of these services. This is just one of many ways to drive down heath care costs by paring back government restrictions in the health care market.

(Related S.246)

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