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Vol 21, No 4
April 9, 2014
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE APRN VOTE – BUT ONLY IF YOU CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR
There is a good chance Senate Bill 36, a proposal that will allow APRNs to practice medicine without any supervision from a physician, will be called for a vote as early as next week. If you have not already done so, take five minutes to contact your legislator for both where you work and reside.
- Legislators want to hear from physicians. If lawmakers receive 10 calls or emails on a bill, they consider it to be a significant issue. We can easily counter any impact the nurses may have had, but you must contact your elected officials.
- Legislators do not grasp the effect the bill will have on their constituents.
Almost without exception, once the issues are explained, lawmakers have indicated they cannot support the independent practice of medicine by APRNs.
You could be the individual who convinces the lawmaker to vote NO on SB 36 and actively work against the proposal.
Quick Talking Points
- Access – Studies show Connecticut has 36 percent more actively practicing physicians per 100,000 population than the national median. There is no shortage of primary care physicians in Connecticut but rather a misdistribution of doctors. There is no evidence APRNs will work in heavily urban and remote rural locations.
- Costs – Studies show that more than one-third of all prescriptions, including narcotics, are ordered by non-physicians. There is no evidence that the independent practice of medicine by APRNs will lower healthcare costs.
- Quality and Patient Safety – APRNs are not the same as medical doctors. The average physician completes 3,200 hours of clinical training and 9,000 hours of residency. The APRN completes 500 hours of clinical training and has no requirement for residency. APRNs are not a substitute for medical doctors.
If there are any problems with the current collaborative agreements between physicians and APRNs, the solution is to address those problems – not eliminate the oversignt of APRNs by a medical doctor. The collaborative agreement between APRNs and physicians must be maintained.
We have a list of our events displayed here as a reminder for our membership and their staff. To register online, click on the dropdown "calendar" and choose an end date (we suggest December 20 to allow all the events to appear) and click filter. To download and print the registration form, just click on the title of the program you wish to attend in the information below.
- April 23: 222nd Annual Meeting - The Continental Manor - 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- April 26: Commercial Driver Medical Examiner Training Course - The Continental Manor - 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- May 6: Complimentary Webinar - The Ins and Outs of Effectively Negotiating Your Office Lease Agreement and When to Buy Verus When to Lease - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- May 7: How to Handle Employee Discipline Issues: An Invaluable Cost-Containment Safeguard - Norwalk Inn & Conference Center - 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m.
- May 20: Managed Care Disputes: Lessons Learned from the Courtroom - Norwalk Inn & Conference Center - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- September 27: ShredFest 2014 - Association Headquarters - 917 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton - 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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