Category: Legislation

Two Dozen Scope of Practice Laws Enacted in 2017

ScopeofPracticePolicy.org tracked a total of 139 bills during the 2017 legislative session. Thirty-seven bills were enacted into law from 24 states, including 13 bills related to oral health providers, 12 bills related to nurse practitioners and 15 bills related to physician assistants. There are currently three bills awaiting a governor’s signature. Oral Health Provider Legislation … Continued

Physician Assistants and Collaboration

Earlier this year, New Mexico amended its Medical Practice Act to allow collaborative practice relationships between physician assistants (PAs) and licensed physicians (HB 215). The changes to the law allow PAs who practice primary care to collaborate with a licensed physician but require PAs who practice specialty care to be supervised by a licensed physician. … Continued

Legislative Update on Scope of Practice Bills

State legislators have introduced at least 115 bills in 2017 legislative sessions relating to scope of practice for nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental hygienists and dental therapists. Eight bills have been signed into law. Some examples include: South Dakota now allows nurse practitioners to practice independently from a physician. Washington has authorized dental therapists to … Continued

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