MCNP/MANA Legislation Sent to Joint Committee on Public Health
Sunday, April 19, 2015
On April 16, 2015 MCNP/MANA legislation, An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNAs as Recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission was assigned a senate bill number and referred to the Joint Committee on Public Health where it will continue on in the legislative process.
HB 1996/SB 1207 is our second filing of legislation to modernize the statutes for Massachusetts advanced practice nurses.
These proposed changes are consistent with the recommendations cited in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report and supported by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as numerous other specialty organizations and businesses.
If passed as written, HB 1196/SB 1207 will:
1. Remove the requirement for physician oversight of NP/CRNA prescriptive practice;
2. Remove the requirement for a physician to sign a written document identifying what
NPs and CRNAs "may do" as licensed professionals rather than what
their credentials certify they "can do" by virtue of their education;
3. Remove the Mass Board of Registration in Medicine's authority over the Mass Board
of Registration in Nursing's adoption of regulations;
4. Remove the restrictive time limitations on issuing prescriptions by the CRNA; and
5. Update the Nurse Practice Act to reflect that NPs and CRNAs not only order tests and
therapeutics, but also interpret them in order to best treat the patient.
We have continued support from Representative Kay Khan, Representative Paul Donato and Senator Marc Pacheco, our bill sponsors in the House and Senate respectively, but we need additional support in the House and Senate to ensure a favorable release of the bill from the Joint Committee on Public Health.
Please take a moment to reach out to your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to support bill!
NPs - CLICK HERE to send a pre-formatted email now.
CLICK HERE for Fact Sheet about HB 1996/SB 1207.