AB 890, (Wood) passed the legislature at 10 pm on the last night of this year's session and has since been signed by the governor. It grants independent practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs).
CAEPS continues to share the views of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association, and the California Medical Association that the law lacks sufficient training requirements and safeguards for independent practice, and will do little or nothing to expand access to care-- a primary focus of the bill's supporters. It will likely also create a lower "tier" of care for low-income patients.
Furthermore, the bill will likely raise the costs of care, given redible studies indicate that NPs will order more imaging services, tests, and pharmaceuticals, further burdening the Medi-Cal program, and therefore the state's already tenuous budget given the COVID-19 pandemic.
As AB 890 will require the development of significant regulations in order to be implemented, CAEPS will work closely with the other groups to ensure this is done with the greatest degree of patient safety and actual improved access.