Nursing & Healthcare News
NP Autonomy May Reduce Opioid Deaths
Study points to increased access to care, treatment as possible reasons
Does nurse practitioner autonomy help or hurt the opioid epidemic? A new study finds lower opioid mortality in states that allow NPs to practice without physician supervision.
Dire Warnings from AMA
Back in September 2020, American Medical Association Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, M.D., urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto A.B.890, California’s new path-to-autonomy law for nurse practitioners, offering the usual dire warnings about patient safety.
In particular, Madara cited a 2020 study claiming that NPs in states without physician supervision requirements overprescribe opioids more often than physicians do.