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AB 890, (Wood) passed the legislature at 10 pm on the last night of this year's session and will soon be presented to Governor Newsom for his signature. It would grant independent practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs).
The California Medical Association (CMA) and CAEPS are mobilizing to ensure the Governor is aware of problems about allowing NPs to practice without physician supervision under the bill's provisions.
CAEPS shares CMA's view that the bill 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 could also create a lower "tier" of care for low-income patients.
Furthermore, the bill will likely raise the costs of care. Credible 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.
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