Nurses Oppose Relaxation of Medical Assistant Supervision in California

According to a report by David Gorn from California Healthline, the California Nurses Association is against proposed legislation that would allow Medical Assistants to be supervised by Physician Assistants.

The bill, which has been approved by the California Senate Committee on Business and Professions, SB 352 by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), doesn't change the scope of what Medical Assistant's can do, but relaxes the restriction that currently requires all clinical work done by MAs to be supervised by Physicians.

The question that immediately comes to my mind, is this really a case of Nurses being concerned for patient welfare, or are they really more concerned about their own role in California's healthcare system?

The report quotes Stephanie Roberson, legislative advocate for the California Nurses Association, as saying "We appreciate the intent of this, but we think it will contribute to fragmentation of care. Bottom line, this is MA's being used on the front lines of health care, and we would like to see qualified licensed providers be on the front lines".

If you would like to know more about this issue, and to find out what else the Nurses Association has to say, along with possible amendments Senator Pavley might make, you can read the full report at http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2013/4/physician-assistant-bill-passes-committee.aspx

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