“Amid a critical shortage of physicians throughout the U.S. and an increase in the number of nurse practitioners with doctorates, nursing groups are pushing to expand what certain nurses can do without doctors’ supervision. Many state legislatures are doing the same. At the same time, doctors want nurse practitioners and physician assistants to continue to operate under their oversight. They maintain that granting full autonomy to healthcare providers with less rigorous training could put patients at risk.”

PPP’s Dr. Phil Shaffer was interviewed for the story and shared his expertise on why physicians are an indispensable part of the care team.