CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act)
The CARES Act bolsters seniors’ access to home health care services and provides needed funding for personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurse practitioners (NPs) and other health care providers. The law authorizes NPs to certify and recertify home health care services for Medicare patients, strengthens funding for PPE and ensures vital resources to respond to the pandemic. Thanks to all nurses who advocated for this bill.
Governor Lee's Executive Order 20
The Executive Order 20 accomplishes the below actions, among others:
· Loosens restrictions around retired medical professionals to help get qualified individuals back in the workforce.
· Temporarily suspends continuing education requirements so professionals can continue working through the pandemic.
· Calls for the availability of phone assessments for individuals with mental illness or emotional disturbances.
· Expands telemedicine efforts so that all licensed providers may utilize telemedicine during COVID-19 as long as they are practicing within their normal scope of practice.
Governor Lee's Executive Order 15
The Executive Order 15 does 3 specific things regarding NP-physician protocol agreements
(1) Waives the requirement that NPs file notice with the Board of Nursing containing the name of the nurse practitioner, the name of the licensed physician collaborating with the nurse practitioner, and a copy of the formulary describing the categories of legend and non-legend drugs to be prescribed or issued by the nurse practitioner,
(2) Waives the requirement for chart reviews and
(3) Waives the requirement that a supervising physician review charts or visit remotes sites every 30 days during the pandemic.
These changes will ease the paperwork burden on both NPs and physicians, and allow for more settings of care as physicians will not need to travel to remote sites for site visits during the pandemic. The existing executive order does not waive or suspend the requirement for a protocol or physician collaboration. These changes are specific to the time that the executive order is in effect. Executive Order 15 is in effect until May 18, 2020.
The Conference is Postponed until September 23-26, 2020
The 2020 Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association Conference will take place April 15-19, 2020 (pre-conference day April 15); at the Embassy Suite by Hilton South Cool Springs. The 4-day conference will consist of general sessions and workshops, offering over 28 contact/CE hours with content for Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives and Physician Assistants.
Content will include topics to enhance your clinical practice, workshops to improve confidence to perform office procedures, and topics to assist with starting a business, and others related to advanced practice nursing in primary care, mental health care, and acute care. Please join us for a professional continuing educational experience in Nashville.
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HB 2203 / SB 2110
When APRNs are empowered to practice at the top of their license, it improves healthcare outcomes.
Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association
The Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association (TNNPA) was established in 2014 as a non-profit organization. Since January 2014, the TNNPA continue to make strides in growth for increased visibility and credibility of nurse practitioners within the healthcare community, at both the national and state levels of government, and with consumers throughout Tennessee.