The Legislature passed AB 890 (Wood), allowing Nurse Practitioners to practice medicine without physician supervision. The bill now goes to the Governor to decide by the end of the month whether or not he will sign or veto.
Your CAFP advocacy team has done a wonderful job and our members have responded by calling legislators, writing emails and calling on relationships. Thank you to all of our members who wrote and called your legislator in opposition to AB 890 (Wood). It is important that Family Physicians visit the Governor’s website to register your opposition to the bill as soon as you are able.
Family Physicians work closely with Nurse Practitioners and truly value Nurse Practitioners as an important part of the care team. CAFP has also been clear how important it is to have educational and oversight standards in place before any professional is allowed to practice medicine independently. Unfortunately, the bill does not require important safeguards around education and training, nor does it create incentives for Nurse Practitioners to practice in underserved areas.