The Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 216, sponsored by State Representative Dorothy Pelanda (R-Marysville), that will modernize various provisions regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses’ (APRN) duties.

Primarily, House Bill 216 aims to address the impending shortage of physicians, which over the next 10 years is expected to eclipse 90,000 nationwide, by expanding APRNs’ ability to practice by making reforms that enhance the APRN practice all while maintaining collaborative efforts with physicians. The bill establishes an APRN license to replace the existing certificate of authority issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Among other modifications, the new license would give APRNs the ability to prescribe more drugs without the need for a separate certificate. As a result, Ohio can take a major step toward providing health care that is accessible, affordable and timely for Ohioans all across the state.

“HB 216 makes major strides toward modernizing the scope of practice for APRNs in Ohio and I am thankful to my colleagues in the House for advancing this measure to the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support,” Pelanda said.

Other provisions in the bill include:

• Requiring that the Ohio Board of Nursing establish an exclusionary drug formulary specifying the drugs an APRN is not authorized to prescribe and requires that the formulary be consistent with recommendations developed by the Committee on Prescriptive Governance
• Increases to five (from three) the number of APRNs with whom a physician or podiatrist may collaborate at the same time in the prescribing component of an APRN's practice
• Allowing an APRN to continue to practice under an existing standard care arrangement without a collaborating physician or podiatrist for no more than 120 days if the physician or podiatrist terminates the collaboration and the nurse immediately notifies the Board of the termination
• Establishing the Advisory Committee on Advanced Practice Registered Nursing and requires that it advise the Board on the practice and regulation of APRNs

House Bill 216 passed with bipartisan support and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.

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