Department of Consumer Affairs extends waiver relaxing health care workforce rules

August 12, 2020

The California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has extended a waiver that temporarily removes the ratios for physicians supervising nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Physicians can continue to supervise the number of NPs or PAs they can competently and confidently supervise without a statutory ratio in place.

This waiver was authorized by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order (N-39-20) that eased the path for many health care professionals to practice in an expanded capacity during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The waiver does not lift the physician supervision requirement for PAs, NPs or other allied health professionals.

You can read the full waivers and see a list of current waivers on the DCA website.




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