Recent State Scope of Practice Changes

Two states recently changed their scope of practice laws. Legislation in Washington state recognizes dental therapists and South Dakota law now allows nurse practitioners full independent practice authority. Washington becomes the fifth state to recognize dental therapists as an oral health provider. Other states include Alaska, Maine, Minnesota and Vermont. The new legislation in Washington … Continued

Scope of Practice Bills Introduced During the 2017 Session

State legislators have introduced at least 80 bills so far relating to scope of practice for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists. Connecticut and Kansas pending legislation would authorize licensure or certification for dental therapists. Bills in California, Mississippi and Oklahoma would allow nurse practitioners to practice independently from a physician. Bills … Continued

Dental Therapists Gaining Traction as Oral Health Providers

Dental therapists have gained recognition as oral health providers who can perform basic clinical dental treatment and preventive services in a variety of settings. They may work in private offices and at community-based clinics, often in rural areas. As members of a team, dental therapists provide services such as restorative dental treatment, disease prevention and … Continued

Changes for Nurse Practitioners in VA Facilities

Nurse practitioners can now practice in VA facilities without physician supervision. The Department of Veterans Affairs allows nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training at VA facilities across the country under a new rule made final Jan. 14, 2017. VA officials believe the new rule will make it easier for its … Continued

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Lawmakers in Kentucky debated the pros and cons of expanding the role of nurse practitioners to address the lack of health care providers in rural areas in their state. ¬†After years of discussion within the medical community and in the legislature, Kentucky landed on a compromise for expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners … Continued