Calif. bills aim to alleviate doctor shortage

03/13/2013 | Modern Healthcare (free registration)

A set of bills introduced in California would allow nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists to provide a broader range of services to help address the looming physician shortage in the state. Under the measures, nurse practitioners would be allowed to see Medicaid and Medicare patients regardless of whether the doctors they work with do so, optometrists would be able to monitor hypertension, and pharmacists would be permitted to order screening to detect diabetes.

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