SECTION 1. Chapter 112 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 80I, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, and inserting in the place thereof the following section:-
Section 80I: Required signature, certification, etc. by physician relating to physical or mental health; fulfillment by nurse practitioner or psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialist.
Section 80I. When a law or rule requires a signature, certification, stamp, verification, affidavit or endorsement by a physician, when relating to physical or mental health, that requirement may be fulfilled by a nurse practitioner or psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialist practicing under section 80 B. Nothing in this section shall be construed to expand the scope of practice of nurse practitioners or psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialists. This section shall not be construed to preclude the development of mutually agreed upon guidelines between the nurse practitioner or psychiatric nurse mental health clinical specialist and supervising physician under section 80E.
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