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Nebraska becomes 20th state to allow NPs to treat without physician supervision

Congressional Quarterly (3/31) reports that on March 5, Nebraska “became the 20th state to approve a law allowing nurse practitioners to treat patients without the supervision of a doctor, a move that supporters say is gaining traction as state legislators work to find more providers to care for the newly insured under the” ACA. Under the new law in Nebraska, “new nurse practitioner graduates will be required to have one year of supervision by a doctor or nurse practitioner with five years or more of experience before they can practice medicine on their own.” Legislators “in California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas are considering similar bills easing supervision requirements for nurse practitioners.”

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