AAPM&R State Advocacy: Delaware APRNs Seek Changes to Licensure and Practice Authority

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May 17, 2021

On May 17, 2021, your Academy’s State Advocacy Committee released a call to action asking all members in Delaware to contact their legislator in opposition to House Bill (H.B. 141) and H.B. 21. H.B. 141 would remove the current requirement that APRNs seeking full practice authority must practice according to a collaborative agreement with a physician for two years and a minimum of 4,000 full-time hours. Moreover, H.B. 21 would replace the current pathway with a weak and ambiguous requirement that APRNs must, “practice for at least 2,080 hours as an APRN in a role and population focus congruent with the applicant’s education and training.” This language is concerning as it reduces the minimum practice hours and does not require APRNs to practice and receive training in collaboration with any other health care professionals during this time frame, including a physician. Learn more about what your Academy is doing to defend physiatrists' scope of practice.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.