State Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford) has re-introduced a bill that would eliminate the requirement that Pennsylvania nurse practitioners get business contracts with doctors before treating patients on their own. The aim of the bill is to make primary care more accessible to residents, particularly in rural areas.
The PA Rural Health Coalition and the Hospital and Healthcare Association of Pennsylvania support the legislation, but the PA Medical Society, which represents the states physicians, opposes it.
SOURCE:, March 21, 2017