MA NPs and CRNAs Crowd State House in Support of Legislation to Remove Barriers to APN Practice
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
It was standing room only on April 9, 2014 at the MCNP Annual Health Policy Event as more than 90 students and members of the MCNP, MANA, and the Massachusetts Chapter of NAPNAP met in support of H. 2009 / S. 1079, An Act Improving the Quality of Heath Care and Reducing Costs.
The event began in Nurses Hall at the State House with inspiring opening remarks from MCNP President Dr. Stephanie Ahmed, who reminded us of our commitment to our patients and emphasized how passage of this bill would allow all NPs and CRNAs to practice to the full scope of their education and training and greatly improve access to care for all residents of the Commonwealth.
Dr. Steve Alves, President of the Massachusetts Association of Nurse Anesthetists (MANA), spoke of the existing practice regulations for nurse anesthetists and how current prescribing guidelines result and barriers to practice and cause fragmentation in perioperative care for their patients.
Gloria Craven, from Craven & Ober Policy Strategists, recapped the events of the past year since the bill was filed and urged all attendees to continue with grass roots efforts.
Key legislators were also in attendance with nurse legislators Representative Kay Khan and Representative Denise Garlick both speaking to the need for continued involvement and communication with lawmakers.
The State House program culminated with an award presentation to Senate President Therese Murray, who was honored for her years of support and service to nurse practitioners. In her remarks, Senator Murray expressed her support for passage of H. 2009 / S. 1079 noting that "Advance Practice Nurses should be practicing to the full scope of their education and training.”
All attendees at the State House signed petitions in support of our legislation which were presented to the Co-Chairs of the Joint Committee on Public Health, Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Senator John Keenan; and numerous attendees made personal visits to their legislators.
The afternoon continued with a dinner program at the Hampshire House which was moderated by Dr. Margaret Ackerman. In a town-hall style format, panelists answered questions about how passage of H. 2009 /S. 1079 would impact organizations and specific practice areas in managed care, anesthesia and health centers.
Dr. Deborah Morsi, Chief Nursing Officer and Sr. Vice President of at Atrius Health (pictured left) who along with Altrius Health has been a staunch supporter of our bill, spoke about the impact independent practice would have on the roles of APNs in the Atrius system.
Bob Gauvin, MS, CRNA owner of Anesthesia Professionals Inc. and Past-President of MANA (left center) spoke about the restrictions that current regulations impose on CRNA practice and how this is business rather than patient focused.
Christine Malagrida, MSN, APRN and Associate Medical Director at North Shore Community Health Center (right center), answered questions about current and future roles of NPs at the North Shore Community Health Center and addressed concerns about collaboration among professional team members which would not change if this legislation is passed.
Attorney Michael Curry, Legislative Affairs Director and Senior Counsel of the Mass League of Community Health Centers (pictured right), described the scope and unique features of health centers across the state and the critical role of NPs in providing care to underserved populations.
The MCNP thanks Leah McKinnon-Howe, Jennifer Russell, Margaret Ackerman, and Gloria Craven for their incredible work in making this event a success and all those who attended the State House and Hampshire House programs and visited their legislators.
In order for our bill, H. 2009 / S. 1079, An Act Improving the Quality of Heath Care and Reducing Costs to advance and pass in this legislative session, your continued support and grassroots efforts are critical.
Help Us Advance This Important Legislation!
H. 2009 / S. 1079 has until May 20, 2014 to be released from the Joint Committee on Public Health and only has until July 31, 2014 to complete further committee review and votes before the House and Senate.
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Send an email or call them today and ask them to urge the Public Health Committee Co-Chairs and the Leadership in the House and Senate to pass this bill this session!
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