If an NP wants to practice in North Carolina, he/she must establish a collaborative practice agreement with a physician that outlines practice parameters for patient management and prescribing authorities, as well as describing how the providers will interact. Interestingly enough, NPs don’t have to be in the same geographic location as the overseeing physician, and they are only required to meet twice a year.

The lack of oversight, then, begs the question of why these contracts are even necessary.

Read more from my latest Health Care Update here.