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In a state facing a shortage of primary care physicians, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to increase the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

Kentucky has nearly 3,000 APRNs, who have advanced clinical training and experience. Current regulations restrict them from writing prescriptions or ordering home health and hospice services without a doctor’s involvement.

“That adds unnecessary expense and delay to patient care, particularly in rural communities underserved by doctors,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP state president.

AARP supports expanding APRNs’ authority as a way to provide quality care for Kentucky’s aging population.

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