Michigan Senate to Consider
Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Bill
This week, the Michigan State Senate is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 2 , which would allow nurse practitioners in Michigan to practice independent of physician supervision and delegation. The bill, introduced by Senator Mark Jansen (R-Gaines Twp.), was approved in committee last April by a vote of 6 to 1. It could be considered on the Senate floor as early as Tuesday, November 12.
MAFP members recognize that nurse practitioners are a critical element to delivering care within a patient care team. Team-based care has consistently proven to increase quality of care for the patient and cost-effectiveness for the health care system. As primary care practices are called upon to do more, do it better, while managing resources more wisely, this approach is important now more than ever.
NOW is the time to act! Contact your Senator
and tell him/her this bill, as written, will not address concerns surrounding primary care access, and instead could exacerbate our challenges by further fragmenting the provider network.