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States Mull Expanding Role of Midlevel Health Professionals

States are seeking to define the extent of health care services that a growing group of midlevel health professionals -- such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners -- can provide, as demand for their skills rises amid a potential physician shortage. More than 1,795 state-level scope-of-practice bills have been proposed in the last two years, 349 of which were enacted, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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