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1 Practice Issues and Implications 2013 Long Session NC General Assembly Joanne Stevens, MSN, RN, CHRM

2 Better Options: 93 % of uninsured would be eligible for tax credits to purchase coverage in the Marketplace or enroll in expanded Medicaid New coverage options for younger adults No discrimination for pre-existing conditions No discrimination of providers Better Value: 80/20 rule Scrutinizing premium increases No lifetime limits Better Health: Increased emphasis on primary care Support for community health centers Preventing illness and promoting health Building a stronger Medicaid program: Medication affordability Preventative services Impact of Affordable Care Act on NC

3 SB4 and HB16 No exchange/ No Medicaid expansion an act (1) to clarify the state's intent not to operate a state-run or "partnership" health benefit exchange, (2) to provide that future Medicaid eligibility determinations will be made by the state rather than the federally facilitated exchange, and (3) to reject the affordable care act's optional medicaid expansion Rejected federal plans to expand Medicaid in NC ( 500,000 paid by Feds for 3 yrs) Plans for privatization of existing Medicaid plan by 2015 Federally managed health insurance marketplace to open 10/01/13

4 Even without expanding Medicaid: Billions of $ in federal funds A projected increase in utilization Health Insurance Marketplace There is an emerging market to: Study Enter Protect

5 2013 New Provider Legislation… Chiropractic Assistant Certification Immunizing Pharmacists Certified Professional Midwives Naturopathic Physicians

6 6 HB 371 Chiropractic Assistant Certification/fee An Act Authorizing the State Board of Chiropractic Examiners to Establish and Enforce Educational Standards for Clinical Assistants Primary Sponsors: Rep. Rob Bryan(R) Attorney Mecklenburg, Rep. Debra Conrad (R) Forsyth County, Owner of Conrad Marketing Specialist Signed By Governor 7/18/2013

7 SB 106/ HB 154 Short Title: Home Birth Freedom Act A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIVES LICENSING ACT

8 8 SB 106/HB 154-CPM Action: SB 106 is in Senate Rules Committee and HB 154 is in House Health Care Committee House Sponsors: Rep. Winkie Wilkins- Retired Granville and Person and Rep. Pat Hurley-Clerk of Courts, Randolph. Senate Sponsors: Sen. Thom Goolsby,- Wilmington Attorney, Sen. Dan Clodfelter- Attorney from Mecklenburg and Sen. Stan Bingham, Lumber company owner from Davidson & Montgomery 8

9 SB 107/HB 155 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT ALLOWING PERSONS PRACTICING AS CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIVES IN THIS STATE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MIDWIFERY SERVICESWITHOUT BEING SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PENALTY Decriminalize Direct Entry Midwifery Same Sponsors as SB 106 and HB 154 Action: Senate bill is in Senate Rules and the House bill Re- referred to Committee on Health Care The end

10 RATIFIED BILL H832 AN ACT TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH BY INCREASING ACCESS TO IMMUNIZATIONS AND VACCINES THROUGH THE EXPANDED ROLE OF IMMUNIZING PHARMACISTS Signed by Governor 7/03/2013 HB 832 immunzing pharmacists

11 11 HB 832 Expand Pharmacists’ Immunizing Authority Primary Sponsors: Rep. Marilyn Avila (R) Wake Former Chemist & Business owner Rep. David Lewis (R)Harnett, Farm Equipment Dealer & Former Rep. Valerie Foushee (R) Durham & Orange-Retired Police Admin.- Resigned 9.25.13 and serving in Senate, Rep Rick Glazier,(D) (end) Attorney Cumberland County

12 HB 995/ SB 349 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THE NORTH CAROLINA NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS LICENSURE ACT.

13 HB 995/SB 349 Naturopathic Doctors Licensing Act Action: House bill is in Rules Committee and Senate bill is in Rules Committee Primary Sponsors: Rep Jeff Collins (R), Franklin & Nash Financial Consultant and Rep. Susan Fisher (D), Buncombe Professional Legislator, Sen. Fletcher Hartsell (R), Cabarrus Attorney, Sen. Thom Goolsby (R), New Hanover Attorney 13

14 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT ALLOWING CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSES TO PRACTICE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE NURSING UNDER THE LAWS REGULATING THE PRACTICE OF NURSING. Historical Reference: HB 1286 (2010)

15 Advanced Practice Legislation and Changes in Oversight… Certified Nurse Midwives Certified Nurse Anesthetists Nurse Practitioners

16 HB 204/SB 499 Update/Modernize/Midwifery Practice Act Action: House Bill is in Rules Committee and Senate Bill is in Health Care Committee The Budget Bill authorized a Study Committee Primary Sponsors: Rep. Sarah Stevens (R); Attorney Surry/Wilkes, Rep. Justin Burr (R) Montgomery/Stanley; Bail Bondsman, Rep. Glazier (D) Cumberland; Attorney, Rep. Susi Hamilton (D) Brunswick/New Hanover; Business Consultant, Senator Hartsell (R) Attorney Cabarrus, Sen. Randleman (R) Retired Clerk of superior court, and Sen. Josh Stein (D) Attorney Wake. 16

17 17 HB 204/SB 499 Became A Study

18 Nurse Midwives Study Committee Presentations by American College of Nurse- Midwives reviewing the major reasons for implementing legislation in 2014 on collaboration and eliminate “Supervision” requirement now presently in law. 1)Lack of OB/GYN physicians in more than 32 counties across the State, 2)lower costs and3) sound medical care by educated specially trained nurse midwives are three key arguments for changing the law. NC Medical Society argued the need for Supervision and the existing law is good and should not be modified. 18

19 Nurse Midwives Study Committee NC Obstetrical and Gynecological Society addressed the continued need for supervision of nurse midwives to protect the health of the baby. NC Board of Nursing shared data on status of nurse midwives across NC. NC Medical Board noted NC law provides all the flexibility necessary for nurse midwives to practice their profession. No changes to the law is needed. Final Committee Report was March 11, 2014. end

20 HB 181/ SB 256 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO CONFIRM THAT NORTH CAROLINA LAW REQUIRES PHYSICIAN SUPERVISION OF ALL NURSES PROVIDING ANESTHESIA SERVICES

21 HB 181/SB 256 Physician Supervision Required/Nurse Anesthetist ACTION: House bill is in Senate Rules and Senate Bill is in Senate Rules Primary Sponsors: Rep. Nelson Dollar (R) Wake Media Consultant, Rep. Mark Hollo (R) Alexander, Wilkes, Yadkin US Air Force Reserve, Rep. Tim Moore (R) Cleveland Attorney, Rep. Michael Wray (D) Halifax Northampton Business Owner, Sen. Bob Rucho (R) Mecklenburg Dentist 21

22 HB 380/ SB 179 BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR CERTIFIED REGISTERED NURSE ANESTHETISTS UNDER THE NURSING PRACTICE ACT

23 HB 380/ SB 179 Action: House bill is in Health Committee and Senate bill is in Rules Committee Primary Sponsors: Rep. Jeff Collins (R), Franklin & Nash; Financial Consultant. Sen. Jim Davis (R) Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain; Orthodontist. 23

24 HB 878 Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in Counties with Critical Access Hospital An act to allow for nurse anesthetists to provide anesthesia services in collaboration with certain health care providers in a county in which a licensed critical access hospital is located

25 H 878 CRNAs in Counties with Critical Access Hospital Rep. Carla Cunningham, Mecklenburg; RN & Michael Setzer, Catawba; VP of Smith Setzer & Sons 25

26 SB 555 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT AMENDING THE NURSING PRACTICE ACT TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF NURSING TO REGULATE NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND TO ESTABLISH CERTAIN NEW FEES RELATED TO REGULATING NURSE PRACTITIONERS

27 SB 555 Nursing Bd./Regulate Nurse Practitioners/Fees Action: Senate Rules Committee Primary Sponsors: Sen. Ralph Hise (R), Madison, Mc Dowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Yancey; Statistician, Sen. Eleanor Kinnaird (D), Chatham and Orange Attorney- Resigned 8/19/13 27

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29 SB 555 Nursing Board/Regulate Nurse Practitioners/Fees All nursing bills in the Senate found a home in the Senate Rules committee, the first was the House Anesthesia bill (HB 181) The bill was sent to Rules on April 1, 2013.

30 Additional Nursing Legislation…

31 SB 371 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO ENHANCE PATIENT SAFETY IN HOSPITAL AND AMBULATORY SURGICAL FACILITY OPERATING ROOMS BY REQUIRING AT LEAST ON CIRCULATING NURSE TO BE PRESENT IN EACH OPERATING ROOM DURING EACH SURGICAL PROCEDURE.

32 SB 371 Patient Safety In Operating Rooms North Carolina Operating Room Nurses Legislation Introduced in 2013 by Senator Bingham KEY POINTS: Keep NC a Leader in Medical Care Patient Safety in the Operating Room Provide Consistency of Care During Surgery Educated and Fully Registered and Qualified Circulator Nurse present in the operating room during patient surgeries. Legislation was not heard as part of issue in the Senate with all “Scope of Practice Bill” The bill is not eligible to pass in short session in its present form. 32

33 33 Epinephrine Auto Injectors in Schools HB 824/SB 700 HB 824 passed the House and is in the Senate and eligible for passage in 2014

34 Prevent Hazardous Drug Exposure House Bill 644- passed House, in Senate Health 34

35 Prevent Hazardous Drug Exposure House Bill 644- passed House, in Senate Health An act relating to the handling of hazardous drug to prevent disease & injury caused by exposure NCHA appears to have agreed to a bill that is limited to Chemo drugs. end 35

36 2014-What to Expect for Nurses… Study Commission recommendations on Nurse Midwife practice legislation HB 181 Physician Supervision. Required/nurse Anesthetist still “live” for short session, Closer examination of “Scope of Practice” legislation, For NPs and CRNAs

37 What to expect in 2014 Board reviews by program committee, has been very active. Could include NCBON 37

38 What We Are Up Against… NC Medical Society (Feds and NC) 26 MD Anesthesia PACs, “underground river of money” Dozens of specialty and practice specific MD PACs Allied Health Disciplines PACs Well-funded Public Relations Campaigns to protect “Turf” and manage resources

39 As Nurses… PACs x3 Face to Face Meetings – 1 encounter has more power than all other relative information – Live interaction trumps digital in ALL cases Get the Right People on Our Side Show your Passion, share your stories Stay Informed-Know your Stuff

40 What’s Next in 2014 The General Assembly Short Session reconvenes May 14, 2014 to make modifications to the State budget and possibly pass eligible bills that did not pass in 2013. Governor Mc Crory plans to give Teachers a Pay raise in 2014, but what about other State employees is the question ? Governor announced a pay increase on January 25, up to 4 percent for State Agency employees in shortage areas and this included 1,200 nurses. **** 2014 Elections year with 170 House and Senate members up for re-election with the filing deadline of February 10 and close on February 28. 40

41 What’s Next in 2014 2014 Short Session will see a fight for House Speaker as Speaker Tillis plans to campaign for US Senate Seat. There are 6-8 House members vying for the job. Medicaid budget uncertainty and how much extra funding will be needed in 2014 due to inability of DHHS to track cost implications with their new technology system, NC Tracks. Ongoing issues with DHHS management and technology. 41

42 Thank you Question and Answers. 42


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