Scope of Practice a Hot Topic Across U.S.

A panel of health care experts, outlining proposed and pending changes in scope-of-practice laws across the country yesterday, said California's advancement of four bills in the current session is just the tip of the national legislative iceberg.

"There could never be more state activity at this level, because every single state is under pressure in terms of needing to solve workforce issues," said Kavita Patel, an internist at Johns Hopkins and the managing director for clinical transformation and delivery at the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution.

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