On Tuesday, the US House of Representatives passed a two-part bill that would expand the caregiver’s options for injured federal workers.
The House voted 325-83 to send HR 6087 to the Senate.
The bill would expand the roles of nurses and medical assistants treating workers covered by the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. At present, the FECA only allows licensed doctors to treat injured workers.
HR 6087, sponsored by reps. Jim Courtney, D-Conn., And Tim Walberg, R-Mich., Would allow nurses and medical assistants acting in the course of their activities to prescribe or recommend treatment to injured workers, certify the nature of an injury and the probable extent of disability, provide prescribed treatments for injured workers and participate together with a doctor appointed by the Department of Labor in a mandatory examination of an injured worker.
Mr Walberg, speaking on the floor of the House, stressed that the bill would allow nurses and medical assistants to care for injured federal workers “as long as care is within their scope under state law.”;
Rope. Andy Harris, R-Md., Said that although some states allow practitioners of nurses to treat injured workers, he was “concerned” about whether it was appropriate at the federal level. He said injured federal employees “deserve the highest level of care, the highest level of evaluation.”
The American Medical Association said in a letter to lawmakers that the bill would effectively remove physicians from the care team and set up federal workers “for suboptimal health outcomes and increased costs, without improving access to care.”
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