The Oregon Nurses Association would like a change in the law governing for-profit medical practices to allow nurse practitioners to own half or all of such clinics, a right currently limited to physicians.
Currently, "a nurse practitioner is prohibited of being a majority owner," said Tom Doyle, an attorney for the Nurses Association. "A nurse practitioner could not be in a co-ownership with a physician. ... It's simply an ownership question, it does not change the scope of practice."
House Bill 2465 is sponsored by Rep. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, Rep. Bill Kennemer, R-Canby, and Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, D-Gresham.
"We have an arbitrary barrier to ownership," said Kennemer. "It's an equity disparity. This [bill] increases access to care."
In past sessions, Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, has objected to an expansion of for-profit businesses in healthcare, quashing a popular bill that would have allowed entrepreneurs -- with no medical expertise -- to operate for-profit clinics in rural areas, which often struggle to support so much as a doctor's office.
HB 2465, however, is narrowly tailored to nurse practitioners, and Greenlick has been a strong supporter of the Oregon Nurses Association.
"It's still in spirit of the doctrine -- that they are not profit-driven and still in the interest of the patient," said nurses lobbyist Jenn Baker.
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