Alliance News2021-05-05T14:08:38-04:00

Alliance Support Letter for Delaware HB 21 & HB 141

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker, Chair of the Delaware House Sunset Committee (Policy Analysis & Government Accountability), for House Bill 21 and House Bill 141.

House Bill 21 would adopt the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Compact. Under this compact, Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) licensed in a Compact member state may practice in another Compact member state, allowing APRNs to have one multistate license with the ability to practice in all Compact states without having to obtain additional licenses. Its companion bill, House Bill 141, would align the Delaware Board of Nursing statute with the APRN Compact to advance APRN practice through eliminating barriers such as collaborative practice agreements and granting full practice authority in conjunction with licensure to improve access to care for Delaware patients.

The APRN Compact would establish multistate compacts that have reciprocity and that do not require additional licensing, while simultaneously helping to improve patient access to quality health care. Additionally, removing the requirement for collaborative practice agreements for licensure purposes through House Bill 141 would allow APRNs to practice at the top of their licenses, allowing them to use all their education and training to care for patients.

Read the full letter here and below:

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May 2nd, 2021|

Alliance Statement for the Record to House Ways & Means Committee Hearing on Telehealth

ALLIANCE FOR CONNECTED CARE STATEMENT FOR THE RECORD

“Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth”

The Alliance submitted a letter to the House Ways & Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health on the “Charting the Path Forward for Telehealth.”

The Alliance provided: 1) recommendations for telehealth expansions that Congress should consider – including steps to ensure equitable access, 2) comments about telehealth research and evidence, and 3) recommendations for telehealth “guardrail” provisions that Congress could consider, if it is believed they are necessary.

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April 28th, 2021|

Alliance Support Letter for Missouri SB 193

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Senator Bob Onder, the Chair of the Missouri Senate Committee on Health and Pensions, for Senate Bill 193.

This legislation would remove geographic proximity requirements in collaborative practice arrangements between physicians and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) based in rural health clinics. The bill would also allow APRNs providing nursing services under a collaborative practice arrangement to provide such services outside the geographic proximity requirement if the collaborating physician and APRN utilize telehealth in the care of the patient and if the services are provided in a rural area located in a health professional shortage area.

The Alliance believes that eliminating geographic proximity requirements, especially for telehealth services, will significantly improve access to care for patients. Such barriers often delay care to patients, especially in rural underserved areas where there are often provider shortages and where APRNs are predominant in the state of Missouri.

Read the full letter here and below:

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April 25th, 2021|

Alliance Support Letter for Missouri SB 584

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Senator Jeanie Riddle, the Chair of the Missouri Senate Committee on Professional Registration, for Senate Bill 584.

The bill would repeal the requirement under current law that supervised practice of an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) under a collaborative practice arrangement by a collaborating physician occur for a one-month period of time. The bill would also repeal the requirement that an APRN can only provide telehealth services in rural areas of need in order to practice telehealth services outside the geographic proximity requirements of a collaborative practice agreement.

The Alliance believes that eliminating geographic proximity requirements, especially for telehealth services, will significantly improve access to care for patients. Such barriers often delay care to patients, especially in rural underserved areas where there are often provider shortages and where APRNs are predominant in the state of Missouri.

Read the full letter here and below:

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April 25th, 2021|

Alliance Letter to ONDCP Special Telemedicine Registration

The Alliance for Connected Care sent the attached letter to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) applauding their inclusion of the telemedicine special registration for the prescribing of controlled substances this year as part of the Biden Administration’s First-Year Drug Policy Priorities.

The Biden Administration outlined its drug policy priorities for its first year, stressing harm reduction, racial equity and helping people with substance use disorder find employment. As part of the announcement there was included a commitment to move forward the special registration for telemedicine prescribing of controlled substances this year. As you remember, the Alliance led a letter on this issue last fall (in addition to many previous actions).

“In the first year, the Biden-Harris Administration will work through ONDCP to coordinate with other White House components and the interagency to:

  • Publish final rules this year regarding telemedicine special registration and methadone treatment vans; and”

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April 12th, 2021|

Group Letter to HHS Secretary Becerra on Virtual DPP

Roughly 20 organizations, including the Alliance for Connected Care have signed a letter asking Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to extend Medicare coverage for virtual visits during the PHE and “work on longer-term reforms” that would make connected health a permanent part of the program.

Given the ongoing and worsening prediabetes challenges facing seniors, expectations that the PHE will continue throughout 2021, and the cessation of many in-person DPP programs, we believe CMS must act immediately to preserve access to these services. We believe that the Department of Health and Human Services should immediately use its emergency authority to remove in-person requirements from Medicare DPP services for the remainder of the COVID-19 PHE. We then strongly recommend that data from this expansion be leveraged to evaluate the merits of expanding virtual MDPP services permanently. As you know, better management of prediabetes has significant potential to both help beneficiaries and prevent unnecessary future expenditures for the Medicare program.

The letter can be viewed here.

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April 6th, 2021|

The Rural Behavioral Health Access Act Introduction

View the legislation announcement on the National Rural Health Association website. A recording of the announcement event is above — featuring:

  • U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI)
  • U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
  • Nancy-Ann DeParle, Former Deputy Chief of Staff, the White House
  • Brock Slabach, Senior Vice President, National Rural Health Association
  • Rose Goick Saddler RN, MSN, Administrator, Ascension Standish Hospital
  • Alan Bird, Chief Executive Officer, Adams County Regional Medical Center

The Alliance for Connected Care is pleased to join the National Rural Health Association in applauding this important legislation which shines a light on the need for critical access hospitals to be able to flexibly provide telehealth services to their patients. The Rural Behavioral Health Access Act should be included alongside other important telehealth changes Congress must pass before the end of the public health emergency.” – Krista Drobac, Executive Director, Alliance for Connected Care

March 31st, 2021|

Alliance Letter of Support for Texas SB 992

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Senator Kelly Hancock, Chair of the Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, for Senate Bill 992.

The bill would allow health professionals located outside of the state of Texas to provide telehealth services to patients residing within the state of Texas so long as they are licensed and authorized to provide the service in the state in which they are licensed. The bill would maintain that the standard of care for such services would be the same as for health professionals providing in-person health care services to a patient, and would allow for the establishment of a provider-patient relationship via a telehealth visit.

Read the full letter here and below:

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March 30th, 2021|

Alliance Letter of Support for Illinois HB 580

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Marcus Evans, Jr., the Chair of the Illinois House Labor and Commerce Committee, for House Bill 580.

The bill would amend the Nurse Practice Act to approve the Nurse Licensure Compact, which allows for issuance of multistate licenses that allow nurses to practice in their home state and other compact states. The bill is critical because it allows for mutual recognition of state licenses between states participating in the compact.

One of the biggest barriers to telehealth becoming a regular patient and provider choice is the administrative burden caused by variation in licensure requirements from state to state. Alleviating such administrative burdens through establishing multistate compacts that have reciprocity and do not require additional licensing will help improve patient access to quality health care.

Read the full letter here and below:

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March 27th, 2021|

Alliance Letter of Support for Illinois HB 366

The Alliance submitted a letter of support to Theresa Mah, the Chair of the Illinois House Health Care Licenses Committee, for House Bill 366.

The bill would require the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to issue or deny a license no later than 30 days after completion of the application for practical nurse and registered professional nurse licensure. The Alliance believes that quickly approving licensure applications will help ensure eligible nurses are working, and will ultimately improve access to health care.

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March 27th, 2021|
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