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Twenty states have passed laws allowing nurse practitioners to perform duties usually reserved for doctors, without a physician's supervision. It's a boon for rural states where doctors are scarce, but MD's argue patient care suffers. It's just one aspect of the new direction medicine is taking towards lowering cost and taking advantage of higher tech alternatives, exemplified by such practices as telemedicine and remote controlled surgery. Barbara Bogaev guests hosts.

Also, FIFA officials are indicted for corruption. On today's Talking Point, a dream deferred -- for both undocumented immigrants and President Obama – as his executive actions on immigration hit another big roadblock.

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chelsea A. Blom

FIFA Officials Indicted for Corruption 6 MIN, 7 SEC

This morning, Attorney General Loretta Lynch revealed details of an investigation into decades of corruption by FIFA, soccer's governing body. The announcement came after an early morning raid and 14 arrests in Zurich on several FIFA officials on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Officials, Lynch said, were taking bribes for World Cup bids and marketing and broadcast deals.

"These individuals through these organizations engaged in bribery to decide who would televise games, where the games would be held, and who would run the organization overseeing organized soccer worldwide… one of the most popular spots around the globe."

Reporter Stephanie Clifford of the New York Times, has the details.

Stephanie Clifford, New York Times (@stephcliff)

The Nurse Is IN: When the Doctor Is a Nurse 35 MIN, 3 SEC

Nebraska and Maryland are just the latest converts to a growing trend in healthcare that allows nurses with advanced degrees in certain medical fields to perform such "doctorly" duties as prescribing medication, interpreting diagnostics, or administering treatments, without the oversight of a physician. So far 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws permitting this, and another eight are considering it. It's been a boon for rural states that struggle to recruit doctors, but a number of MD's and medical associations oppose the new legislation, saying nurses lack the skills to provide quality medical care. We visit the doctor-less office and test more high tech healthcare.

Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times (@stavernise)
Reid Blackwelder, American Academy of Family Physicians (@blackweldermd)
Christy Blanco, women's health nurse practitioner (@BlancoChristin)
Eric Topol, Scripps Translational Science Institute (@EricTopol)

Tavernise on doctoring without the doctors
American Academy of Family Physicians on nurse practitioners
Institute of Medicine on nurse practitioners

Dream Deferred for Undocumented and Obama 8 MIN, 20 SEC

The program that was supposed to help fix the nation's immigration crisis and anchor President Obama's legacy has hit another setback. President Obama first announced "deferred action" for undocumented immigrants in 2012. When Congress failed to act, the President announced even broader executive actions in 2014 to protect immigrants who came to the US illegally as children – as well as some parents of US citizens. Twenty-six states sued and a federal judge blocked the program. Yesterday, an appeals court panel upheld that decision. Josh Gerstein, senior White House reporter for Politico, has more on what it means for Obama's immigration efforts.

Josh Gerstein, Politico (@joshgerstein)

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