The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

03/27/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/27/2019 16:39

Senate Advances HAP-Supported Nurse Practitioner Bill

March 27, 2019

Today, the Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee voted HAP-supported Senate Bill 25 out of committee with two negative votes. Sponsored by Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington), the bill allows certified nurse practitioners (CNP) to practice to the full scope of their license without the need for physician supervision after they have worked under such supervision for three years and 3,600 hours.

HAP has developed a fact sheet on Senate Bill 25 that includes the significant issues impacting access to care and increasing demand for services, including:

  • Growing insured population
  • Growing aging population
  • Increasing demand for preventive care
  • Challenging rural health needs
  • Growing shortage of primary care providers

HAP believes that CNPs do not need unending physician supervision when caring for patients within the boundaries of their training. Meeting the appropriate physician collaboration requirements is a reasonable, responsible approach to helping to meet the growing health care needs for Pennsylvania.

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia allow CNPs to practice to their full authority. Pennsylvania would join these other states while remaining one of the strictest states in the country allowing practice without the collaborative/written agreement.

The committee vote is the first hurdle in getting this legislation to the Governor's desk. The bill must now receive a full Senate chamber vote and then begin the process in the House of Representatives. HAP anticipates that a companion bill also will be introduced this session.

Last session the same legislation with the same bill number (Senate Bill 25) cleared the state Senate, but ran out of legislative calendar days to see final passage in the House of Representatives.

For more information or questions, please contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP's vice-president state legislative advocacy.