SB 323 (Hernandez and Eggman)
Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners
Purpose – Senate Bill 323 will allow California’s approximately 22,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. This new law would ensure access to the health care delivery system and help the millions of Californians who now have access to coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Increased coverage and quality care will also save California money over the long run.
- An accountable care organization, as specified; or,
- A group practice, a medical group, or an independent practice association.
- A clinic, health facility, or county medical facility;
2) Specifies the scope of practice for NPs. Specifically, permits and independent NP, in the listed above, to perform services that are widely agreed to be the extent of services that NP perform today.
3) Requires a NP to refer a patient to a physician and surgeon or another licensed health care provider if a situation or condition of the patient is beyond the NP’s education or training.