physician assistants

It’s no secret that the U.S. population is aging. And with that comes the need for more medical professionals.

Scott Poised To Act On Health, Education Bills

Apr 12, 2016
Florida Governor's Office

In a final flurry of activity from the legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott this week will take action on heavily debated health, education and tax bills.

Health Bills, Tax Cuts, 'Legacy Florida' Go To Scott

Mar 31, 2016
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida / WUSF

Scott received a handful of health-care bills, including a measure (HB 221) that addresses a controversial health-insurance issue known as "balance billing."

Series Of Health Care Bills Poised To Pass House

Mar 2, 2016

After the issues sailed through committees, the House is poised to pass a series of bills dealing with health-care regulations.

Several bills working their way through the Florida Legislature would give nurse practitioners the ability to prescribe stronger medications and clarify other duties.

A second Senate committee has approved a bill that spells out the ability of highly trained nurses, known as practitioners, to order controlled substances in the hospital.

Expanded Prescribing Gets House OK

Apr 2, 2015

Physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners won another round Wednesday in their battle to gain expanded drug-prescribing powers, with a House health committee backing the proposal.

Similar bills are moving in the House and Senate that would allow physician assistants and advanced registered nurse practitioners to prescribe controlled substances, an idea that doctors' groups have long opposed.

Florida physicians would be allowed to double the number of certified medical assistants under their supervision under legislation that passed the House.

The bill (HB 1275) would allow most doctors to supervise eight assistants instead of four. The measure passed 100 to 19.

The measure excludes assistants working for doctors at a dermatological service other than their primary practice location, where the maximum number remains four.

Florida TaxWatch’s recent report, “Diagnosing the Debate,” offers data that support proposals before the Legislature that would allow nurse practitioners to practice independently from doctors, the Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau reports.  The Florida Medical Association, which fiercely opposes the legislation, has called on TaxWatch to withdraw the report, pointing to “five serious flaws.”   TaxWatch stands by the report, saying th