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An Expanded Role For Some Nurses?

The Wall Street Journal: Nurses Seek Expanded Role
A federal agency is weighing whether to reimburse a specialized type of nurse for giving chronic-pain treatments, a move opposed by some doctors and one that critics say could complicate the battle against prescription painkiller abuse. By Nov. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to decide whether nurse anesthetists should be directly reimbursed by Medicare for evaluating, diagnosing and treating pain with epidural injections or prescription painkillers called opioids. Medicare is the federal health program for the elderly and disabled (Martin, 10/2).

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