By Syed Kaleem
Last month, the Pennsylvania State Senate surpassed expectations, based on previous years, and passed SB 25 – an amendment to the state’s Professional Nursing Law that includes expanding Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners’ (CRNPs’) scope of practice to include independence from physicians. However, in the context of its goals of increasing access to care in rural areas, valuable time and energy is being wasted with efforts to push this legislation instead of telemedicine regulations. A framework for telemedicine would move Pennsylvania’s healthcare landscape into the future would significantly increase access to care.
The Pennsylvania Medical Society sent a letter to Committee members before the bill passed stating their position that, “Removing physicians from the care team will not improve care nor will it improve access to care in remote areas of the state.”[Read more…]