Is CRNA Independent Practice Coming to Pennsylvania?
Posted by Clark Venable on 2/19/2007
Governor Rendell's 2007 budget document includes a section titled Prescription for Pennsylvania on page A3.32. The first paragraph of that section states:
"Ensuring that all licensed health care providers – including nurses, advanced nurse practitioners, midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists and dental hygienists – can practice to the fullest extent of their training. Pennsylvania consistently lags behind other states in fully utilizing health care providers who are not physicians. Prescription for Pennsylvania will seek to eliminate the barriers in existing laws, regulations and insurance reimbursement policies that limit the ability of health care providers to practice to the fullest extent allowed by their training and education."
Sounds like independent practice to me. Rather than write a knee-jerk reaction right now, I'd like to take some time to educate myself and consider the ramifications...
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