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South Florida Council of Advanced Practice Nurses

Two NP bills pass

Posted 10 months ago by Vicky Stone-Gale

Dear AANP Florida Members,
Good news! Two pieces of legislation that were important to the nurse practitioner community have been sent to the Governor.
HB 1337 & HB 21 were passed by both houses prior to the legislature’s adjournment sine die on March 9, 2018 and will be sent to the Governor for approval. As a reminder, HB 1337 changes the term “Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner” to “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” and further defines advanced practice roles. HB 21 requires providers to complete two hours of CE for prescribing controlled substances for biennial renewal, places supply limitations on prescriptions of Schedule II opioids for acute pain, and prohibits health insurers and managed care plans from requiring prior authorization prior to medication assisted treatment services. The Governor has 15 days in which to sign or veto the bills. If no action is taken in that time, the bills will automatically become law.
All bills related to signature authority did not pass during this legislative session. These bills were HB 573, HB 973, and HB 1081.
  • House Bill 573 proposed authorizing nurse practitioners to admit certain psychiatric patients by certifying a Baker Act.
  • House Bill 973 proposed recognizing nurse practitioner and physician assistant signature where a physician signature is required.
  • House Bill 1081 proposed authorizing NPs to certify for medically necessary utilities for patients in need.
AANP anticipates that legislators will look at these issues again in upcoming sessions. Please be on the lookout for updates for the 2019 legislative session.
The success of HB 1337 and HB 21 demonstrate what the Florida nurse practitioner community is able achieve when rallied together. AANP will provide further updates once these bills have been returned from the Governor.
Jacinto Garrido, DNP, ARNP, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
AANP South Florida State Representative
Susan Lynch, MSN, NP-C
AANP North Florida State Representative
Jamie Kings
AANP State Policy Analyst