Sunday, April 3, 2011

Nurse practitioners are charting a new course -

A turf war with potential economic, political and health care consequences is under way in Virginia.

It has been gaining momentum for years, having already been fought in other states.

In short, nurse practitioners -- advanced practice registered nurses with either a master's degree or a doctorate -- want to change the law that requires them to be supervised by a physician.

At stake, they argue, is the ability for patients to be seen by a qualified health professional in a timely and geographically convenient way. They point to people who struggle to find a provider to diagnose and treat them, specifically patients in rural communities or those insured by Medicaid or Medicare, as a reason for changing the law.

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