Issue Background

Work Force - Scope of Practice

Where We Stand

  • Allow the maximum patient-to-physician ratio to increase based on the number of physician assistants in a practice.
  • Expand the ability of nurse practitioners and physician assistants to supervise medical assistants when doctors aren't on the premises. 

Allowing practitioners to perform procedures they simply aren't trained to do can only lead to unpredictable outcomes, higher costs and greater fragmentation of care.

However, as states struggle with health care provider shortages and network capacity, the efficient and safe integration of non-physician providers, including MAs, will become even more critical.

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