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January 22, 2020
Florida Politics article, "Nurses finally get legislative support for independence."
January 21, 2020
Florida Chamber's Bottom Line interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: expanding the scope of practice for ARNP's
January 15, 2020
Interview with Representative Cary Pigman re: HB 607 at Sachs Media Group
Interview with Vernon Langford, FLANP's Board President at Sachs Media Group
Interview with Mai Kung, a FLANP & FNA Member, and Stan Whittaker, FLANP's Governmental Affairs Chair
January 14, 2020
House Speaker Oliva introduced Dr. Doreen Cassarino, an advanced practice registered nurse, of Naples, who served as the first-ever nurse practitioner today upon invitation of the Speaker. Dr. Cassarino holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Florida Atlantic University. Since the 1960s, the House has maintained a tradition of naming a "Doctor of the Day." Last year the tradition was modernized with a telehealth connection. This year, Dr. Cassarino enables the House to break new ground by serving as the nurse practitioner of the day.
December 11, 2019
HB 607 was presented in the Health Quality Subcommittee. The Bill received 14 Yeas and only 1 Nay. A step in the right direction!!
November 12, 2019
HB 607 was filed by Representative Pigman authorizing autonomous practice for APRN’s. Please read the bill here if you haven’t already. FLANP’s Legislative Committee is monitoring this as well as numerous other bills which you can read about on our Current Bills page.
November 8, 2019
Governor Desantis signed a Proclamation declaring November 10-16th, 2019 Nurse Practitioner Week in Florida.
October 3, 2019
President Trump Signs Executive Order Benefiting NPs
AANP is reporting that President Trump signed the “Executive Order on Protecting and Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors” today directing “ the Secretary of Health and Human Services to propose a regulation that enables providers to spend more time with patients by eliminating burdensome regulatory requirements, authorizing all providers to practice at the top of their profession, ensuring appropriate reimbursement for all providers, and reviewing regulatory policies that create reimbursement disparities."
We join with AANP in congratulating President Trump for proposing solutions to improve access to health care by ALL health care providers.
The executive order can be viewed here.
May 6, 2019
HAPPY NURSES WEEK!
MAY 5, 2019
Legislative Session has ended.Unfortunately for the citizens of Florida, HB 821/SB 972 was not heard in the Senate. Citizens of Florida will continue to suffer long wait times to see a healthcare provider. Those who live in rural areas will continue to experience provider shortages.But we will not stop in our efforts! We support Choice and Competition in Healthcare.
We thank all those who contributed to the efforts to help with this bill. We will continue to educate the public and advocate to the legislature on the value, safety and high quality care that autonomous Advanced Practice Nurses provide.
April 14, 2019
President Trumps Health Care Agenda:
"When state regulators impose excessive entry barriers and undue restrictions on SOP(scope of practice) for particular types of providers, they often are not responding to legitimate consumer protection concerns. There is a risk that healthcare professionals with overlapping skill sets will seek these restrictions; they view SOP restrictions as an easy, state-sanctioned opportunity to insulate themselves from competition."
"…States should consider changes to their scope-of-practice statutes to allow all healthcare providers to practice to the top of their license, utilizing their full skill set.” Read report here.
April 12, 2019
HB 821 (Pigman) has passed 3 house subcommittees and is now on the house floor for final approval. It is expected to pass and be sent to the Florida Senate. SB 972 (Brandes) remains stalled in the Senate Health Policy committee.
February 25, 2019
Legislative Update: Bills authorizing full practice authority for APRNs have been filed in both the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. The House Bill is HB 821 filed by Representative Cary Pigman. The Senate Bill is SB 972 filed by Senator Jeff Brandes. The 2019 Legislative starts on March 5. We would expect action on these bills to start soon thereafter. FLANP will provide regular updates on these and other bills we are monitoring.
For a complete list of bills FLANP is monitoring, click here