A Message from the President
Friday, September 11, 2020
Posted by: Katie Maher
A Message from PCNP President Adele Caruso, DNP, CRNP, FAANP
PCNP's steadfast advocacy efforts continued over the summer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In Harrisburg, our PA legislators are preparing for the fall session and so are we! The PA House leadership and the Chairman of the House Professional Licensure (HPL) Committee have assured PCNP that our legislation will be considered with the opening of the fall session scheduled for September 15, 2020.
It is expected that House Bill 100, sponsored by Representative, Jessie Topper will be the vehicle for the legislation. Our bill is planned for consideration of a vote in the House Professional Licensure Committee. I remain hopeful that the Fall of 2020 will be unprecedented for PCNP and that we realize our goal to achieve statewide Full Practice Authority for Pennsylvania NP’s.
Just to recap, an initial key meeting with HPL leadership, Chairman David Hickernell was held on February 19 and his “ideas/suggestions” to move our bill out of committee were less than ideal. A follow-up meeting was scheduled on March 19 but was postponed due to the State Capitol closure. During the hiatus, we diligently prepared for the second meeting, which included a presentation of Pennsylvania specific data and a counterproposal. A follow-up meeting was held on June 3 to continue the dialogue. In late August, Chairman Hickernell received comments from the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA). Currently, the Chairman is preparing his recommended language to facilitate a HPL committee vote (vote out of committee).
We hope to see movement of our legislation HB100 out of the HPL Committee and for a House floor vote early this fall. We remain hopeful that we will make our “Mark in History!”
PCNP leadership and Long & Nyquist will continue to keep you apprised. Please check your PCNP emails frequently as we will be sending you updates as they arise. We need you!
In regard to other important issues to promote and advance the role of the NP, PCNP has been actively working with the Department of Health (DOH) to secure a policy change to facilitate the PA regulations with regard to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Securities (CARES) Act. I am pleased to report that PCNP was successful and the DOH communicated to us that they do plan to update the regulation with other regulations, so PA NPs will be able to order home health services, which is currently authorized under the CARES Act. However, this regulation change will take some time. In the meantime, PCNP, our Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Maria Battista, and the DOH are working on "Exemption" language. Once in place, we will relay the details of the DOH process to our membership.
On behalf of NPs, we keep working on upcoming related issues regarding the suspension of regulations during COVID-19. We are also in regular contact with the State Board of Nursing to complete the final steps in regard to the Conscious Sedation issue nursing policy statement update, which PCNP inaugurated and the BON voted to change, which will acknowledge that RN's will be able to accept an NP order for conscious sedation medication.
Please make it part of your routine to familiarize yourself with all the other legislative issues that we provide comment on your behalf, by reading our Thursday, PCNP: A New Era in Shaping Health Policy e-communication. This work is paramount in the advancement of our profession. You may also view these important updates by clicking on the links for the detailed information.
Pennsylvania is Ready for Full Practice Authority! Stay strong as we are nearing the finish line!
Stay healthy and safe,
Adele Marie Caruso, DNP, CRNP, FAANP