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We're not the only ones saying it: NPs can provide care and make a positive impact far beyond the limits set for them in Pennsylvania. Stay on top of all the latest news and happenings proving why full practice authority is the right move for PA by checking out the items below.

VA Grants Veterans Direct Access to Nurse Practitioners Nationwide

In a major victory for our nation’s veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced a rule change that will grant direct access to nurse practitioners working in the VA system nationwide.

The new rule brings the VA in line with modern nurse practitioner (NP) practice. It will enable NPs to serve veterans to a fuller extent of their education and training.

The VA joins 21 states and the District of Columbia which have already adopted modern licensure rules for nurse practitioners. The VA’s new rule preempts licensure laws in states like Pennsylvania with outdated nurse practitioner rules.

“The people who serve our country in uniform deserve access to the highest quality healthcare our country can provide. We applaud the Veterans Health Administration for its decision to allow our veterans direct access to nurse practitioners,” said Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners President Lorraine Bock.

Over 5,400 NPs work for the VA, making it the largest employer of NPs in the country. The rule change takes effect Jan. 13. Its entry in the Federal Register can be found here.

“This is great news for all veterans who receive healthcare from the VA,” said Sheila Gealey, a Butler County nurse practitioner who worked in the VA for over two decades. “However, many veterans seek healthcare outside the VA system. For them and all patients, it’s urgent that Pennsylvania lawmakers modernize our state’s nurse practitioner law.”

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Penn Nursing Study Supports Giving Nurse Practitioners

Full Practice Authority

Evidence Supports the Removal of Restrictive Collaborative Agreement Requirements

Harrisburg, PA (June 20) – A new study from the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) found that nurse practitioners (NPs) would be 20 percent more likely to work in primary care in Pennsylvania if state lawmakers eliminated unnecessary collaborative agreement requirements and enacted full practice authority for NPs.

The study comes as the state Senate considers action on Senate Bill 717 (SB 717), which will modernize state law for NPs as a way to boost quality, lower costs and expand access to health care throughout Pennsylvania.

“The number of studies supporting full scope of practice for nurse practitioners continues to grow and respected leaders from across the nation continue to reaffirm that nurse practitioners provide safe, effective and affordable care,” said Lorraine Bock, president of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP). “This study underlines the important decision facing our elected officials --- the choice to modernize our laws and provide residents with the care they need, or watch as qualified providers choose to set up practice in neighboring states who have already eliminated unnecessary restrictions.”

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Game Changer: Hospital Association Announces Support for

Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

HAP-Endorsed Compromise Would Make PA the Strictest State in the Country to Enact Reform

Harrisburg, PA (May 2) – The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) on Monday endorsed a compromise that would grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners (NPs) in the state.

HAP President and CEO Andy Carter said the compromise reflects NPs’ education and would give Pennsylvanians the patient-centered, team-based care they deserve.

"Today’s health care professionals are being educated to function as part of a practicing health care team, which is consistent with the team-based care delivery models being used by hospitals and health systems. The full use of CNPs and other clinical professionals is needed to build strong patient relationships, help patients and families follow care plans, coordinate care across the continuum, improve patients’ health literacy, and provide health education,” Carter said. “Allowing full practice authority for CNPs after meeting the appropriate physician collaboration requirements is a reasonable, responsible approach to helping to meet the growing health care needs for Pennsylvania.”

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Five New Studies: Nurse Practitioners Expand Access to Health Care,

Lower Costs, Improve Outcomes

Rural Patients, Medicaid Patients, Taxpayers All Benefit from NPs

Harrisburg – As lawmakers consider proposals to update Pennsylvania’s outdated nurse practitioner law, five recently released academic studies underscore the quality of nurse practitioner-delivered health care.

Five separate studies concluded that nurse practitioners (NPs) expand access to care, improve patient health outcomes, boost rural health care, lower primary care costs and reduce emergency room admissions.

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