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Legislative Update January 17, 2020

NHNPA Legislative Update   January 17, 2020

This was an incredibly busy week in the Legislature. 

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Meet and Greet - Milford

Georgio's | Milford, NH

6:00PM - Presentation & Dinner

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Seeking Award Nominations

Annually, NHNPA recognizes outstanding NP's and supporters who have gone above and beyond to support our profession. Recipients are honored at the Northern New England Nurse Practitioner Conference.  Nominations are accepted year-round. Please consider submitting a nomination for one of our awards.  All nominations for this year will be collected by February 15th and the review committees will meet by March 1st.

NP of The Year - To qualify, the recipient must be: an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Practitioner and a full member in good standing of NHNPA. They should have made a significant contribution to the role of the Nurse Practitioner at the state and/or national level, in the areas of clinical, legislative, education and/or research. 

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Legislative Update

 NHNPA Legislative Update         January 10, 2020

Now that it is the new year, the New Hampshire Legislature has finished the old and rung in the new. The House and Senate met this week to finish 2019 business. The bills that were not ready for passage or to be killed at the end of the 2019 session were worked on over the summer and fall.  Those bills were voted on this week either to move forward in 2020 or to die. The Senate took half a day to finish their business. The House took two full days to finish their business. 

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Meet and Greet: Short Bowel Syndrome

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020

Hooked | Manchester, NH

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Government Affairs Committee

The NH Nurse Practitioner’s Association Government Affairs Committee invites you to an Advocacy training and working meeting for the 2020 NH legislative session. We will be hosting a legislative and advocacy training which all are welcome to attend.

Thursday January 9th 6-8pm at Divine Millimet Offices at 15 North Main Street Suite 300, Concord, NH 03301

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Excellence in Nursing

New Hampshire Magazine, in partnership with the New Hampshire Nurses Association, is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Excellence in Nursing Award. Help us honor the unsung heroes of the state’s healthcare community – those who go above and beyond to comfort, heal and educate – bringing to light how critical nursing is to achieving comprehensive healthcare.

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Dec 11 Meet & Greet

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2019

The Centennial Hotel | 96 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH

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Telehealth Survey

The UNH Telehealth Practice Center, an interdisciplinary center for telehealth learning and innovation, is conducting a statewide survey to understand how telehealth is used within the Granite State. We ask that you take 10 minutes of your time to fill out the following survey. By sharing this information from the perspective of your organization, you can help the Telehealth Practice Center provide the resources, trainings, and research necessary to further telepractice as well as increase accessibility to health care in New Hampshire. We would like to hear from a variety of health-related disciplines, and you do not currently have to be engaged in telepractice. These disciplines include, but are not limited to: traditional medical approaches, therapies, school health services, rehabilitation, counseling, community social services, and other programs related to social determinants of health. Please note that there are some questions specific to Information Specialists as we are trying to understand the broadbands. If you are an Information Specialist, you will be directed to a separate survey after the initial question. We are trying to understand broadband needs across New Hampshire.

Click here to access the survey.

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Meet and Greet: Outpatient Billing for NPs - Manchester

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019
The Foundry | 50 Commercial Street | Manchester, NH
5:30 Registration | 6:00 Presentation & Dinner
Topic: Outpatient Billing for NPs
Presenter: Diane DeSantis from New England Accounts Receivable Management Inc.
RSVP by emailing [email protected]
NHNPA Regional Coordinator: Meaghan O'Leary 


 

Legislative Update Sept. 27, 2019

New Hampshire state capitol buildingFall is here and the Legislature is back at work on retained and re-referred bills after a nice break. The Governor, House, and Senate Leadership have finally come to a resolution for a final budget and it has passed. As you know in June, the House and the Senate passed a  budget that they both agreed upon. The Governor, as predicted, vetoed the budget. The House and Senate then passed a continuing resolution that would allow the State to operate for 3 months under the FY 19 budget dollars. That continuing resolution was expiring at the end of September so the pressure was on to find a compromise; otherwise, the NH State Government would shut down. Are we really becoming Washington? The House and Senate both met on September 19th for veto day and were assuming they would also have a new budget bill. The Democrats tried to bring in a new budget bill on veto day, however, since neither the Governor nor the Republican leadership was part of the drafting of the new Democratic budget, they refused to vote to let the new budget bill be introduced. The clock was ticking. The House and Senate decided to come back in session on September 25th hoping to avert a crisis and hoping the Governor, House, and Senate leadership could find a workable budget compromise. The rumors were flying as there still seemed to be no resolution. It was almost the 13th hour on Tuesday night, the 24th when the Governor, House, and Senate negotiators finally reached an agreement. Now the chore was to convince the House and Senate to allow a new budget bill to be introduced which means a 2/3rds vote of all present. Then they only needed a majority vote of the House and Senate to pass the compromise budget. With a little theatre from the ultra-conservatives who did not like the compromise budget, the new budget and trailer bill, HB 3 and HB 4, passed both the House and Senate with only a few "no" votes. We have a budget. It is not retroactive, however.  

What is in the new budget of interest to Nurse Practitioners?:

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Call to Action - CMS Student Documentation Proposed Rule

 Monday, July 29, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the calendar year 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/proposed-policy-payment-and-quality-provisions-changes-medicare-physician-fee-schedule-calendar-year-2

 “To reduce burden, we are proposing broad modifications to the documentation policy so that physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse-midwives could review and verify (sign and date), rather than re-documenting, notes made in the medical record by other physicians, residents, nurses, students, or other members of the medical team.” 

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Nominations are open for the 2020 AANP State Award for Excellence

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  Nominations are now open for the prestigious 2020 AANP State Award for Excellence. To be considered for the 2020 awards, nominations must be submitted electronically to AANP on the official 2020 State Award Nomination Form no later than October 14, 2019. Thank you in advance for taking the time to nominate deserving nurse practitioners (NPs) and advocates.

Claire Martin Memorial Scholarship - deadline extended.

NHNPA has extended the deadline to apply for the annual Claire Martin Memorial Scholarship to October 11, 2019.  Applications can be submitted at NHNPA.org.  Please see eligibility criteria below:

The Claire Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund will be funded as follows:

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NPs in Telehealth

Dear NP Colleagues,

I am writing an abstract on telehealth services for next spring's NHNPA conference. I’d like to include a panel of NPs who are currently providing telehealth services in NH to talk about their experience. If you are providing telehealth services, are interested in participating on a panel or in learning more about this presentation, please contact [email protected]Thanks. 

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Position Statement CRNA Descriptor

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Meet & Greet: Portsmouth | Management of Diabetes in Patients with CV Disease

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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Summer 2019 Legislative Update

Although we are in the middle of the summer, the results of the 2019 legislative session are still developing. Here is a recap of where things stand on some of the bills that NHNPA has been focused on this session. 

HB 237 (creating an advisory council on rare diseases) NHNPA supported this bill, which gives NHNPA the power to appoint an APRN to this council. The bill has passed and been signed by the Governor.

HB 359 (warning labels on opiatesThis bill also has now been signed into law by the Governor. It amends the controlled drug act to require that any controlled drug containing opiates dispensed by a health care provider or pharmacy shall have an orange sticker with the word "opioid" in easily legible font placed on the cap or dispenser and shall have a warning label stating "Risk of addiction and overdose." A Provider or pharmacist also must provide each person with a handout to be developed and approved by the governor's commission on alcohol and drug abuse, prevention, treatment, and recovery which shall include guidance on associated risks of opioid use and how to mitigate them.  The new requirements do not apply to pharmacists or a pharmacy that dispenses a drug containing an opioid that is administered to a patient treated in a health care facility required to be licensed under RSA 151.  A patient may remove the cap sticker or warning label.

HB 509 (creating the class of “graduate physicians” to allow medical school graduates to practice even without having done a residency) NHNPA opposed this bill, which was killed by the House during the first part of the session.

SB 87 (allowing NHDHHS to disburse funds for syringe service programs) NHNPA supported this bill, which has been signed into law by the Governor.

SB 296 (reducing occasions when live testimony of health care providers is required in court) This bill eliminates the need for health care providers to always testify in person in court to present medical records. As originally filed, the bill only applied to physicians and dentists, but at NHNPA’s urging the bill was expanded to include all licensed health care providers. SB 297 has been passed and signed by the Governor.

SB 308 (health care workforce) This was perhaps the top priority bill for NHNPA this year. It sought to address the health care workforce crisis through a number of measures, including especially a rate increase for Medicaid providers. As introduced, the bill would have provided increases of 5% in year 1 of the biennium and 7 % in year 2. The bill unanimously was approved in the Senate and then tabled so that the provisions of SB 308 could be dealt with in the budget and the budget trailer bill (HB 1 and HB 2). When the budget passed, it was with a more limited but still important 6.2 percent increase across the biennium. Unfortunately, the budget was vetoed by the Governor. Negotiations are still ongoing between the Governor and the legislature concerning a possible budget agreement. Hopefully, the final agreement will leave intact the SB 308-related provisions.









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APRN Licensure RENEWALS between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020

New Hampshire APRN Licensure Survey

Here are the details:

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Board of Nursing, will be collecting key practice and capacity data from New Hampshire-licensed providers during the license renewal process, with an online survey. The survey is available for those due to renew between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, and will remain a standardized component of the renewal process. Pursuant to RSA 326-B:9-a, licensees will be “required, as part of the license renewal process,” to complete the survey. However, providers may also opt-out of participation by mailing the NH Health Professions Data Center the opt-out form found on the Center’s website.

Who can take the survey?

Only APRNs due to renew their New Hampshire license will have access to the survey.

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Seeking APRN volunteers for two State of NH commission appointments

Are you interested in health policy and serving on a State of New Hampshire legislative commission?
NHNPA will be appointing an APRN to sit on each of the following committees: 
1) The Commission to Study Environmentally-Triggered Chronic Illness created by SB 85 and 2) The NH PDMP Advisory Council created by SB 120 (applicant should be an active prescriber of opioids in NH).  The time commitment is generally 1 - 2 meetings per month and can be variable Meetings are usually in Concord and during business hours. Specific terms can be obtained directly from the statutes. This is a great opportunity for NPs to shape health policy! If you are interested in either of these seats, please submit a letter of interest and your CV/resume to [email protected] by 7/30/19