Legislation that would eliminate the current requirement that APRNs collaborate with a physician has once again been introduced in the Ohio Legislature. Many of you will recall this issue from the last General Assembly. In 2016, after 18 months of working with elected officials and the nurses, the bill that was ultimately passed made amenable modifications to the APRN scope of practice, but did NOT include independent practice authority. We achieved that victory because together, we successfully advocated for the physician-led, team-based approach to care.
However, just a short time later, this concerning issue is back, and HB 726 seeks to fundamentally change how physicians and APRNs work together safely and effectively.
We need your help! Contact your elected officials to urge them not to support this legislation. They need to understand that physicians and APRNs are not interchangeable, and that Ohio physicians will not stand for this unnecessary and unsafe change to APRN scope of practice!