2017 New York State Legislative Priorities
- Workers Compensation Bill (S.1122 Valesky): Relates to diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certified nurse practitioners. The bill authorizes the diagnosis, care and treatment of injured employees by certified nurse practitioners under the workers' compensation program. The inclusion of certified nurse practitioners to conduct healthcare services consistent with their scope and training will afford injured workers greater access to care and more provider options across New York State. Click here to read The NPA's Memo of Support.
- Mental Health Bill (A.3895 Ortiz): Authorizes nurse practitioners to admit mentally ill patients.
2017 New York State Regulatory Priorities
Many of the barriers facing nurse practitioners in New York State stem from regulations written in the infancy of the nurse practitioner profession. Therefore, certain forms and documents are not provider neutral. Fortunately, the fix for these is not one of new legislation, rather it is working with the various state departments (i.e. Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of Mental Health, etc.) to update their forms. To this, The NPA is committed to the following areas to comprise the regulatory agenda:
- Congruency of Practice Authority: Nurse Practitioners will perform functions (and therefore "sign off" on forms) in conjunction with clinical services that is congruent with scope of practice.
- Mental Health: Updating Office of Mental Health forms to allow nurse practitioners to admit patients to Inpatient Mental Health Units on a voluntary basis (since no law specifically prohibits nurse practitioners from doing so).
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Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act - Law effective January 1, 2015.
Read full description of the law and access the attestation form.
2017 Federal Legislative Priorities
- A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program (S.445). Enactment will make it possible for NPs to provide the required certification for Medicare patients under their care. Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for beneficiaries who need home health care services.
- ACO Assignment Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1160). This bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared savings program by also basing such assignment on primary care services furnished by nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists.
- Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act (H.R.1617). This bill would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit nurse practitioners and physician assistants to satisfy the documentation requirement under the Medicare program for coverage of certain shoes for individuals with diabetes.
- National Nurse Act of 2017 (H.R.1651): would designate the Chief Nurse Officer position of the U.S. Public Health Service as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The National Nurse would function alongside the Surgeon General and focus on the priorities of health promotion, improving health literacy, and decreasing health disparities. By creating a more visible Chief Nurse Officer who also serves as National Nurse, this legislation would raise awareness of public health priorities, encourage local involvement of all health professionals in prevention efforts, help improve health outcomes, and enhance the profile of the entire U.S. Public Health Service. Here is The NPAs Memo of Support.