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Why doctors’ group is wrong about empowering nurse practitioners
Los Angeles Times

In September 2013, just as Covered California was preparing to enroll a million new patients in the state’s healthcare system, the state Senate caved to pressure from the California Medical Assn. and voted down a bill that would empower nurse practitioners to see patients without supervision by a medical doctor. Last week, it corrected its error, passing a similar bill despite renewed opposition from the state doctors’ guild, which whined, as it has for years, that allowing nurse practitioners to operate independently would put patients at risk.

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