State Roundup: California won't expand psychologists' power

December 4, 2009

The California office of administrative law rejected a proposal that would have expanded the scope of practice of psychologists and potentially all other health care practitioners.

The CALIFORNIA Office of Administrative Law rejected a proposal that would have expanded the scope of practice of psychologists and potentially all other health care practitioners. The rules could have allowed non-physician practitioners to, among other things, admit patients, place patients in restraints, perform medical examinations, complete medical records, and coordinate care, according to the California Medical Association.

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