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Bill aims to cut ties between nurse practitioners and physicians

Posted at 9:10 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 10:17:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill before lawmakers could potentially increase access to health care in rural communities by no longer requiring nurse practitioners to work with a physician.

Currently, nurse practitioners have to be overseen by a doctor - something the Tennessee Nurses Association says limits care.

They say allowing nurse practitioners to work alone would make it easier for people in rural areas to get medical care. But some doctors argue that's dangerous and nurse practitioners should continue to be supervised.