Avert shortage by allowing nurse practitioners to practice independently

A calamitous physician shortage is near. Within about a decade, the nation will be 55,000 physicians short — just when our population of seniors will be at its highest.  We can’t force more students into medical school; we can’t demand older doctors delay retirement. So, what can we do? Allowing the 32,000-plus advanced practice registered […]

Facing physician shortage, it’s time to untie hands of advanced practice registered nurses

Florida led the country in meaningful health care reform in 2019 with repeal of the state’s anachronistic and harmful certificate-of-need law. Now our state policymakers can once again be champions for health care innovation. In December, the House and Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee advanced House Bill 607, which would allow advanced practice registered nurses to make the best […]

Florida Hospital Association hosts clinical leaders at the Capitol

For the second week in a row, the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) greeted members in Tallahassee to support policies that increase access to quality health care for all Floridians. Clinical leaders from around the state met with lawmakers and Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees on critical issues impacting patients and communities. The FHA supports policies that increase […]

HB 607 will expand patients’ access to primary care

A declining number of patients have primary care providers — just 75 percent, as of 2015. For some, including a portion of millennials, this is a choice. For others, it’s because of a lack of access to primary care providers. In fact, Florida faces a shortage of 4,600 primary care physicians by 2030, according to […]

José Oliva names ‘Nurse Practitioner of the Day,’ reiterates health care priorities

House Speaker José Oliva on Tuesday announced a “Nurse Practitioner of the Day,” and for the first time in nearly three days, the opening day pick was a woman. Oliva’s selection was Doreen Cassarino, a doctor of nursing practice from Naples. “By inviting an advanced practice registered nurse to see patients in the Legislative Clinic today, we acknowledge […]

Nurses praise House advance of independent practice bill

A coalition of groups pushing for nurse scope of practice expansions lauded a House committee for advancing a bill that would allow nurses to practice independently of physicians. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday advanced the bill, HB 607. The measure has been a longtime priority for nurses as well as bill sponsor and […]

House Speaker Oliva adds his heft to the push for enhanced autonomy for nurse practitioners

On the first day of the 2020 legislative session, the “Doctor of the Day” wasn’t a doctor. Instead, Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Miami Republican, underscored his drive to grant increased autonomy to nurse practitioners – sometimes referred to as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs – by selecting one as the chamber’s ceremonial […]