The North Carolina House is currently considering a bill (HB 88) that would change the way advanced practice nurses are licensed and regulated. Specifically, the bill would eliminate the requirement for nurse practitioners to be supervised by a physician and would alter the relationship between nurse anesthetists and physicians. Advocates for the bill claim that it will reduce unnecessary regulations and free up nurses to provide affordable care in hard to serve areas. Bill opponents, including different physician groups, claim that the bill could have a negative impact on the quality of care and even endanger patients. The bill’s proponents and opponents testified before the House Health Committee this week, but no vote was taken. Read the full report here.