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Boston Globe Publishes Editorial in Support of FPA Legislation

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
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Today, the Boston Globe editorial staff published an editorial in support of Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners in Massachusetts.

In their opinion piece entitled, "
Let nurse practitioners work alone - Mass. should join other states in clearing a key hurdle to primary care"  they wrote:

"What do patients really want when they have a bad sore throat or relentless back pain? To schedule a medical appointment without a ridiculous wait, get a referral to a specialist if needed, and escape with minimal financial damage — and, by the way, to get better.

Here’s what they don’t care about: which tribe within the medical community gets paid.

Legislation currently pending on Beacon Hill would move Massachusetts into the mainstream by loosening the restrictions on nurse practitioners, highly trained professionals who are certified to provide primary and specialty care and could easily be treating more of those coughs and muscle cramps than they do now. The bill would give patients more options, and could be especially important in underserved parts of the state where finding primary care remains a challenge. And by strengthening primary and preventative care, the legislation should improve public health and save money, too."

This is a great victory for the MCNP and NPs throughout the state in terms of raising awareness about what we do and why it’s important to lift practice restrictions. 

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