APRN MODERNIZATION BILL, Sub House Bill 216 – version 9 PASSES OUT OF THE HOUSE
Ohio Sub House Bill 216, version 9, passed out of the House Health and Aging Committee unanimously and passed out of the House on a vote of 86 to 1.
It has been three years since Ohio APRNs joined together to eliminate the barriers that impact our ability to practice based on our education, training and certification. This coalition of multiple nursing and APRN organizations made remarkable progress in the conception, strategy and implementation of plans to retire many legislative restrictions on practice and, thereby, improve access to care for the patients we serve.
When H.B. 216 was initially drafted, it included reforms that would help us better serve our diverse populations. From the onset, we knew we would not receive every provision that was included in the bill. What we hoped most to achieve was the retirement of the standard care arrangement and the formulary, and the requirement for CRNAs to be supervised. As we expected, opposition was strong and these goals, unfortunately, were not fulfilled. However, H.B. 216 has 17 provisions that will improve APRN practice! The bill includes the retirement of the externship to prescribe, an exclusionary formulary, a CPG with parity for nursing, and a buffer period of 120 days if a collaborating physician resigns. For a full list of provisions in H.B. 216, please click HERE.
Click HERE to view a video message about our progress by OAAPN President Terri Miller.
The legislators are leaving the Statehouse for summer recess and the election season. This is the time to visit your legislators, especially your State Senators, to educate them about your practice and the positive impact H.B. 216 will have on your practice and the health care of Ohioans. To that end, please offer to host or attend a Town Hall Meeting with your Senator in August, September and October. These will be key as H.B. 216 will be heard in the Senate and needs to pass during the last few legislative weeks of the year, which begin mid-November. Additionally, please take a moment to call your State Representative and thank them for supporting H.B. 216.
Follow our social media and our website for more updates and information. OAAPN is developing an educational piece about the legislative process and how it impacted H.B. 216.
We have reason to celebrate as we crossed a major hurdle today! Keep the faith! We may falter, but we will not stop. Together, we will get this DONE!
Thank you very much to OAAPN for providing this news update!