The Strange Case of the Overly Informed Surgical Consent

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s cast its June 20 opinion as standing for the proposition that a surgeon can’t delegate his duty of obtaining informed consent to anyone else—his physician assistant in the case at hand. But the opinion can also be read to say that after a surgeon has personally provided all …

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FTC Recommends Giving APRNs Full Access to the Prescription Pad

Groups or providers hoping to ease state-mandated supervision requirements and other restraints on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) received a boost from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) this week when it recommended a state legislature consider removing regulatory hurdles imposed on …

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FTC Supports Easing Dental Hygienist Restrictions, Increasing Access to Underserved

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released a statement on January 29 in support of a Georgia state bill that would further relax supervision requirements for dental hygienists. The proposed bill would expand the safety-net settings where Georgia dental hygienists may work without the direct …

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FTC Gives Mixed Review of South Carolina’s Nurse Supervision Proposal

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) submitted written comments on November 2nd to South Carolina’s state legislature on the competitive impact of proposals to modify the supervision requirements for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the state. While the FTC approved of a state bill that …

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FTC Urges State to Ease Up on Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) published comments in response to a Missouri state legislative proposal to modify rules and regulations on collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs). The FTC called on Missouri to consider further …

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Colorado Opts Out of CRNA Physician Supervision Requirement, but Not Without a Challenge

Last week, Governor Bill Ritter announced that Colorado will become the 16th state to opt-out of a federal Medicare rule that requires physician supervision of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in hospitals. States have the authority to opt-out of the supervision requirement by notifying CMS in …

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