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Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Medical Board Authority
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In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision in a case about teeth whitening, state medical boards may find it harder to fence off the practice of medicine from non-physicians, like nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists.

In a 6–3 vote, the high court ruled that North Carolina's dental board violated the Sherman Antitrust Act when it shut down non-dentists who were whitening teeth in malls and beauty shops because the board, composed mostly of practicing dentists, was not actively supervised by the state.

The decision was applauded by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Nurses Association (ANA).


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