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This legislation aims to retire Ohio’s outdated regulatory structure and join with 28 other states that have already modernized their laws to expand access to care.  

Debate Continues As APRN Practice Bill Picks Up Changes

Gongwer News Service

November 19, 2019

A long-running and contentious effort to provide independent practice for advanced practice registered nurses picked up another change before a House panel Tuesday.

I urge support for the “Better Access, Better Care Act” currently being discussed in the Ohio House.

Lawmakers should back Better Access, Care Act

The Vindicator

May 28, 2019

Retiring the Standard Care Arrangement will not expand APRNs’ scope of practice in any way, but it will expand access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all Ohioans.

The Daily Record’s recent article “Wayne and Holmes struggle to provide primary care access” did a good job highlighting the lack of primary care in Wayne and Holmes counties and the fact that nearly 45 percent of primary care in Ohio is not met. 

The measure (HB 177), which received its second hearing before the House Health Committee, would eliminate the agreements, which supporters argued provide no value to patients but are increasingly hard to arrange due to the shrinking physician pop

In testimony before the Ohio House Health Committee, OAAPN President Joscelyn Greaves highlighted the need for increased access and the role of nurse practitioners in addressing the crisis.

House Bill 177 improves healthcare access for underserved areas; Brings Ohio law in line with 22 states and the Veteran's Administration

Nurse practitioners in Ohio and across the U.S. have been pushing for the ability to practice and prescribe independently and physicians have been pushing back.

The Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN) applauds Rep. Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) for introducing HB 177, the Better Access, Better Care Act.

Ohio’s healthcare quality: Letter to the Editor

Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 12, 2019

According to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best State Rankings, Ohio ranks in the bottom 25% of all states when it comes to healthcare quality, and nearly 1.4 million Ohioans lack access to primary care services.

Letter to the Editor: Action needed on APRN regulations

Eaton Register Herald

January 11, 2019

Basic healthcare is critical to everyone. Unfortunately, here in Ohio, 45 percent — nearly half of all patients — do not even have adequate access to primary care services.

To the editor: Let NPs serve unhindered

The Vindicator

December 26, 2018

In some states, includ- ing Ohio, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are still required to have some type of physician involvement in their practice, often in the form of “collaboration” or “supervision.”

There is an obvious need for increased access to quality healthcare here in Ohio.

In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans examines a new bill in Ohio that would allow well-trained advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide expanded care without unnecessary regulatory barriers.

Allowing Ohio's 16,000 advanced practice registered nurses the freedom to do their jobs without mandatory collaboration agreements will serve to improve patient access and help thousands of Ohioans get the care they need and deserve.

A study shows the country is on the verge of a doctor shortage, but one lawmaker in Ohio says she has a plan to fill the gap. The new bill, HB726, is just the latest attempt to expand the authority of advance practice nurses.

Less than two years removed from the passage of legislation expanding their scope of practice, advanced practice registered nurses again are seeking independence from collaboration agreements with physicians.

Ohio Rep. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, today introduced legislation that will give Ohioans across the state more healthcare providers from which to choose for primary care services.

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