Yesterday, Rachel Zimmerman, of WBUR Boston, reported House Bill 3815 was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. The bill, “An Act Relative to Enhancing the Practice of Nurse-Midwives", authorizes nurse-midwives to issue written prescriptions and order tests, directly aligning with the first recommendation made in the IOM's Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report. The article also included a letter from the Massachusetts Medical Society seeking to have the bill rejected. This letter brings up the contentious issue of expanding nurse-midwives' scope of practice as it partially erodes the autonomy the physicians currently have.
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