A new bill proposed by Congress would give nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) more transparency when it comes to medication and what they prescribe to patients. The change would also allow professionals to continue to work in the best interests of patients.
The bill proposes closing a loophole in the Physician Payment Sunshine Act that allowed companies to not disclose payments to nurse practitioners and physician assistants for promotional talks, consulting, meals and other activities. The current law requires companies to disclose any payments made to doctors and other medical professionals.
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At its heart, the law aims to discourage doctors from accepting kickbacks from medical companies for stocking or prescribing certain medications. For whatever reason, the original law excluded NPs and PAs, who also have the ability to prescribe medication. Given the rise of NPs and PAs in the medical industry, it’s no surprise that lawmakers and the law are catching up.
As medical practices across the country adapt and bring on more advanced professionals like NPs and PAs, values like trust and transparency are vital for patients in efforts to provide the best care to as many people as possible.
Leveling the Playing Field
Leveling the playing field for doctors and other professionals is important for balance and encourages more practices to bring on NPs and PAs. The bill would also go a long way towards building trust among patients who, at times, may be wary of them.
A Continuously Growing Profession
As the medical industry continues to evolve and NPs and PAs take on more responsibilities, the need for expert professionals will continue to grow. At NP PA Recruiters, we work tirelessly to get you in the game and find the career that challenges and fulfills you. If you would like to get your search started, let us know and our team will get to work.