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A New Era in Shaping Health Policy

 

Director of Policy and Government Affairs:
Maria Battista, JD, Ed.D

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Notices of Changes or Amendments
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Comments Submitted on Behalf of PCNP

PCNP Request of Review of Board of Nursing Statement of Policy RN Administration of Conscious Sedation Medication - Submitted Dec. 28, 2018

PCNP Comment on SB780 - Telemedicine Act to Chairman MustioSubmitted Aug. 27, 2018

PCNP Comment on SB780 - Telemedicine Act to Sen. Vogel - Submitted June 14, 2018

PCNP Comment on Draft OMHSAS Guidelines for the Provision of Tele-Behavioral Health Services - Submitted May 29, 2018

PCNP Comment on CSM Direct Provider Contracting Models - Submitted May 25, 2018

 Notices and Upcoming Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE – NURSE EDUCATORS:  July 25, 2019 Board of Nursing Meeting – RN and PN Practice, Education and Regulations

The Board of Nursing had discussions at its June 6, 2019 Board meeting regarding RN and PN Practice, Education and Regulations.  The Board received input from various stakeholders and school personnel who were in attendance at the June meeting.  Continued discussions will take place at the July 25, 2019 meeting, including:

  • Evaluating what minimum standards should be imposed on a faculty member to teach in a LPN or RN program (including for administrators) such as:
  • How to address the “lab” requirement (especially for the non-traditional student who may not have that requirement);
  • Changes in language (“admitted to” to “commence”) for the lab requirement; and,
  • Other education/practice/regulation issues

In addition, the Department of Labor and Industry will be present at the July 25, 2019 Board of Nursing meeting to discuss remediation type courses (including the lab requirement), as well as to discuss workforce development opportunities through the Workforce Development Taskforce.  Currently, there are federal funds available to help prospective students to get the class with a lab through the Department of Labor and Industry.

We strongly recommend that any PCNP members who are involved in nursing education, regardless if you are a faculty member, administrator, chair, dean or otherwise, to attend the July 25, 2019 Board of Nursing Meeting to provide your input on this important subject and to learn more about what can be offered through the Department of Labor and Industry to help with your education program.  The Board of Nursing meeting will be held on July 25, 2019 at One Penn Center, 2601 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA and begins at 9:00 a.m.  


 PA Department of Health | 49 Pa.B. 3384 | Approved and Required Medications Lists for Emergency Medical Service Agencies and Emergency Medical Service Providers | Notice

 The PA Department of Health provided notice of those medications that are approved for administration by emergency medical service agencies and emergency medical service providers as outlined more fully in Table 1 (medications that may be administered) and Table 2 (required medications to be administered), as found here

Read the full notice on the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


PA Department of Health | 49 Pa.B. 3394 | Scope of Practice for Air Ambulance Services | Notice

The PA Department of Health published notice of the expanded scope of practice for authorized paramedics (P), prehospital registered nurses (PHRN), prehospital physician extenders (PHPE) and prehospital emergency medical services physicians (PHP) when functioning for an emergency medical services (EMS) agency that has been licensed as a critical care transport (CCT) ambulance service under 35 Pa.C.S. § 8129 (relating to emergency medical services agencies). Under § 1027.39(d), expansion of the applicable EMS providers' scopes of practice include EMS skills in addition to those skills included in these EMS providers' general scopes of practice that were published at 49 Pa.B. 3398 (June 29, 2019). To perform these expanded skills, EMS providers must receive education to perform these skills by having successfully completed a CCT educational program approved by the Department. Minimum requirements to become an approved CCT educational program, and a list of approved CCT educational programs, will be continuously updated on the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services' web site.

Read the full notice on the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


PA Department of Health | 49 Pa.B. 3396 | Scope of Practice for Critical Care Transport Emergency Medical Service Providers | Notice

The PA Department of Health published notice of the expanded scope of practice for authorized paramedics (P), prehospital registered nurses (PHRN), prehospital physician extenders (PHPE) and prehospital emergency medical services physicians (PHP) when functioning for an emergency medical service (EMS) agency that has been licensed as a critical care transport (CCT) ambulance service under 35 Pa.C.S. § 8129 (relating to emergency medical services agencies). Under § 1027.39(d), expansion of the applicable EMS providers' scopes of practice include EMS skills in addition to those skills included in these EMS providers' general scopes of practice that were published at 49 Pa.B. 3398 (June 29, 2019). To perform these expanded skills, EMS providers must receive education to perform these skills by having successfully completed a CCT educational program approved by the Department. Minimum requirements to become an approved CCT educational program, and a list of approved CCT educational programs, will be continuously updated on the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services' web site.

Read the full notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.


 PA Department of Health | 49 Pa.B. 3398 | Scope of Practice for Emergency Medical Service Providers | Notice

The PA Department of Health published notice of the scope of practice for emergency medical responders (EMR), emergency medical technicians (EMT), advanced emergency medical technicians (AEMT), paramedics (P), prehospital registered nurses (PHRN), prehospital physician extenders (PHPE) and prehospital physicians (PHP).

Read the full notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


PA Department of Health | 49 Pa.B. 3404 | Vehicle, Equipment and Supply Requirements for Emergency Medical Services Agencies | Notice

The PA Department of Health published notice of the requirements for each emergency medical service agency vehicle, equipment and supplies.  The list of requirements can be found here.

Read the full notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


PA Department of Human Services | 49 Pa.B. 3412 | Managed Care Assessment Program | Notice

The Department of Human Services (Department) is announcing a proposed adjustment to the managed care assessment fixed fee effective January 1, 2020. The fixed fee assessed on MCOs is currently $19.87 per member per month. 

        Act 92 authorizes the Secretary of Human Services (Secretary) to adjust the assessment fixed fee for all or part of a fiscal year so long as the assessment does not exceed the Federal maximum 6% limit of revenue specified in 42 CFR 433.68(f)(3)(i)(A) (relating to permissible health care-related taxes). Before adjusting the assessment percentage, the Secretary must publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin that specifies the proposed adjusted assessment fixed fee, identifies the aggregate impact on MCOs subject to the assessment and affords interested parties 30 days to comment. After consideration of any comments received during the 30-day period, the Secretary must publish a second notice announcing the adjusted assessment fixed fee. See section 3-I(c) of the Human Services Code (62 P.S. § 803-I(c)).

Read the full notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


PA Department of Heath | 49 Pa.B. 3542 | Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program Advisory Council Public Meeting | Notice

The PA Department of Health was provided notice that the Statewide Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program (SPBP) Advisory Council, will hold a public meeting on Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120. The SPBP Advisory Council will provide program guidance and recommendations to the Department's SPBP in regard to the following: drug formulary; covered lab services; drug utilization review; clinical programs; eligibility; and program management. For additional information, contact John Haines, Special Pharmaceutical Benefits Program, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, Department of Health, Room 611, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (800) 922-9384.


PA Department of Human Services | 49 Pa.B. 3542 | Designated Exceptional Durable Medical Equipment | Notice

In accordance with the Department of Human Services' currently approved State Plan, the Department is required to publish an annual list of exceptional Durable Medical Equipment (DME) by notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin in July of each year. Interested persons may petition the Department to consider additions to the exceptional DME list by submitting a written request to the Department. Requests received on or before December 31 will be considered in developing the list for the following July.

Read the full notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. 


Independent Regulatory Review Commission | 49 Pa.B. 3546 | Action Taken the by Commission | State Board of Nursing – Fees, General Provisions | Notice

The Independent Regulatory Review Commission met publicly at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019, and announced, among other things, that the Sate Board of Nursing fee increases (application/biennial renewal/etc.) and general revisions (amends 49 Pa. Code §§ 21.5, 21.147, 21.253, 21.705 and 21.805) have been approved.  To review the Approval Order, click here.

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