CAPNI Legislative Update
- PENNSYLVANIA BILL SUCCESSFULLY PASSES 1ST COMMITTEE – PA’s Senate Bill 25 passed its first committee April 18, by a vote of 13-2. This bill would retire the requirement to maintain a collaborative agreement for NPs who have practiced three years and 3600 hours with collaborative agreements.
- Consider reaching out to your legislators on the following bills:
HB 1825 Home Health Care Planning Improvement Bill of 2017 and the companion bill in the senate SB 445
****Passage of this legislation will make it possible for APRNS to certify their patients for home health care services
The house bill has 11 cosponsors and none are from Indiana
The senate bill as 10 cosponsors and none are from Indiana
HB 1617 Access to Diabetic Shoes
This bill has 2 cosponsors. None are from Indiana.
****Passage of this legislation would allow for APNs to prescribe prescription shoes for patients with diabetes.
You can send a template letter to your legislators by using the AANP advocacy site. You do not need to be a member of AANP to do so.
Here is the link- https://www.aanp.org/legislation-regulation/advocacy-center?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f50382%2fRespond
Currently in Statute and in the FSSA (medicaid) manual, APRNs are not listed as being eligible providers to order services that require a prior authorization. CAPNI has been in discussions with FSSA to change this barrier since 2015 and it looks like the change is forthcoming. Before this rule can be amended a public hearing is required. The public hearing is scheduled for May 5th, 2017 at 9am at the Indiana Government Center South, 402 West Washington Street, Conference room D in Indianapolis. All interested parties are invited to attend and comment including APRNs. Please consider attending to voice your support. Copies of the proposed rule are available on the FSSA website at: http://www.in.gov/fssa/4543.htm
In lieu of attendance at the public hearing, written comments may be sent to: FSSA, Attention: Leslie Huckleberry c/o Michael Cook, 402 W. Washington St., Room W451, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Your correspondence should be identified in the following manner: "COMMENT RE: LSA Document #16-527, Therapy Rule".
Angi Thompson FNP-C, CDE, BC-ADM
CAPNI Legislative & Health Policy Director