Spinal Injection Rule Nears Passage

A proposed new law could put a rift between doctors and those considered mid-level providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The state Senate today approved tighter rules over who can give injections near a patients’ spine to treat pain.

Some see the issue as a “turf fight” between doctors and their surrogates.

Lawmakers supporting the measure say mid-level providers might lack proper training for spinal injections. So the bill would require supervision from a physician. Critics argue it will make such treatment harder to get in rural areas, because fewer providers will offer it.

The measure passed the Senate 20 to 10, and could be up for a vote in the House soon.

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