On September 29, 2020, the state of California passed AB 890, a bill allowing nurse practitioners the right to practice without physician supervision. The bill received widespread support from groups that benefit from the use of non-physician practitioners, including hospitals and community health centers. Despite opposition from physicians and other patient advocates, the bill was passed with large margins and was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsome.
Today emergency medicine physician Dr. Natalie Newman joins us to discuss the implications of nurse independent practice in California, one of the largest and most populous states in the Union. Dr. Newman is not only a practicing physician in California but also an outspoken patient advocate and prolific writer who blogs at Authentic Medicine.com.
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