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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 151 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 151

(By Manypenny and Canterbury)

 

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses and the need for its expansion to improve the quality of health care, increase patient access and allow patients free choice of their health care providers.

    Whereas, This Legislature is committed to availability, access and affordability of patients to high quality health care services by licensed health care professionals; and

    Whereas, Regulation of health care professions is designed to protect the public and enhance patient access to competent health care delivery services; and

    Whereas, Health care is an evolving, dynamic system and changes in the scope of practice are inherent in health care delivery; and

    Whereas, The health care model in place, despite its established history, has not been successful in providing care to all patients in West Virginia, including the uninsured; and

    Whereas, Advanced practice nursing scope of practice is increasingly expanding in other states, including the border state of Maryland, thus decreasing the likelihood of keeping the best advanced practice nurses in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, Expansion in the scope of practice for advanced practice nurses should recognize the evidence available on the patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and safety of care provided by advanced practice nurses in a completely autonomous fashion; and

    Whereas, The Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences is an independent, nonprofit organization working outside of government to provide unbiased, authoritative advice to decision makers and the public, has recommended that states modify scope of practice regulations to allow full autonomy for advanced practice nurses (Future of Nursing, October 2010); and

    Whereas, The Federal Trade Commission has acknowledged that limitations on advance practice nursing serves to reduce patients’ health care choices without providing countervailing consumer protection; and

    Whereas, The interim study would provide an opportunity for a discussion on scope of practice expansion for advanced practice nurses by and between health care regulatory boards, education and training institutions, citizens, advocates, patients, health care professionals and lawmakers; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses and the need for its expansion to improve the quality of health care, increase patient access and to allow patients free choice of their health care providers; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the scope of practice limitations on advance practice nurses in West Virginia and the need for the expansion of practice for these health care professionals; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct the study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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