AMCNO Participates in Interested Party Meeting on HB 216

The Academy of Medicine of Cleveland & Northern Ohio (AMCNO) physician leadership and staff joined other medical associations from around the state to meet with state Rep. Dorothy Pelanda to discuss House Bill 216, legislation that would change the scope-of-practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). The proposed bill was introduced in May, and it would do the following:

  • Eliminate the current requirement that APNs collaborate with a physician.
  • Eliminate the APN/physician developed drug formulary for APNs with prescriptive authority.
  • Eliminate the requirement that CRNAs work under the direct supervision of a physician and new prescriptive authority for CRNAs.
  • Allow APNs to prescribe Schedule II narcotics in any setting (except retail convenience clinics).
  • Establish a general scope of practice that would permit APNs to “order and interpret diagnostic tests or procedures,” and “diagnose medical conditions and diseases.”

The AMCNO and all of the physician organizations participating in the IP meeting provided comments regarding this legislation and in particular focused on the importance of continuing the collaboration process between physicians and APNs. The AMCNO will continue to provide updates regarding this legislation to our membership.

The Pollen Line is now closed. See you in the spring!

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