“What we discovered over the years, and 30 other states allow independent practice, is that nurse practitioners who are appropriately trained and appropriately skilled, practice medicine, especially primary care, as skillfully as a physician does,” Pigman said in an interview with the Florida Chamber. “There is no increase in incidents of complication, there are no increased problems, in fact most patients are entirely satisfied.”
Due to an influx in population and insured patients, Florida is currently faced with problems meeting the demand for healthcare providers — especially those in underserved populations and the aging community. More than 10,000 licensed, highly educated, and skilled PAs stand ready to answer the call but are restricted by unnecessary and outdated practice barriers. Pigman’s measure would remove unnecessary barriers, allowing APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Proponents argue that this legislation would drastically decrease waiting times and make healthcare more affordable.
Cutting red tape and making healthcare more affordable remains a primary focus of House Speaker José Oliva, who enters his final legislative session. A top priority since assuming office, Oliva will look to leave a legacy predicated on removing obstacles and lowering healthcare costs for all Floridians.