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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.

In a few weeks, a teenage girl from Niles will start her first band camp ever at the start of her senior year -- she's finally healthy enough to do so.

Nurses Seek to Fill Primary Care Gap

AARP Texas

July 1, 2018

When Elizabeth Ellis, a nurse practitioner, opened the B.I.S. Community Clinic last year, she became the first primary care provider based in the small town of Bedias in more than 80 years.

One way to cope with the greater demand for healthcare caused by an aging population is to reform scope of practice laws for physician assistants (PAs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). 

Nurse practitioners have dramatically increased their presence as the go-to primary care providers in rural America thanks in part to regulatory changes that allow patients to more easily see these health professionals.

In a study, counties deemed the least healthy had approximately 50 percent more nurse practitioners.