Northern Colorado Nurse Practitioner Coalition

NCNPC Colorado NP Announcements for the Week of January 6, 2020

Posted 5 months ago by Laura Hildebrand

Dear Members and Followers,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a happy New Year!  Rather than clutter your inboxes with multiple messages, I have compiled these three announcements into one.  

Warm regards,

Laura Hildebrand, MS, ANP-C

President, NCNPC

1.  The Colorado State Board of Nursing is in need of actively practicing Nurse Practitioners with Prescriptive Authority:

The Colorado State Board of Nursing is in need of actively practicing Nurse Practitioners with Prescriptive Authority in Colorado who would be willing to serve as consultants/experts in the investigation of complaints regarding NP practice. The focus is usually the professional standard of practice and the reasonable and prudent standard. The Office of Investigations will be able to provide additional information when the expert/consultant service is needed. Please contact :
Linda Metzner
Practice Specialist
Colorado State Board of Nursing
303-894-2150
2.  

Action Needed: Make Your Voice Heard Today!
As we have previously reported in past Government Affairs Updates, in October of 2019, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” Section 5 of this order instructed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to propose a regulation within one calendar year of the EO on ways to remove barriers within the Medicare program that prevent clinicians, including nurse practitioners (NPs), from practicing to the top of their license. At the time that the EO was signed, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP) issued a statement of support. You may also recall that in 2017 the Trump Administration launched the Patients Over Paperwork initiative. AANP has been involved with this initiative focused on reducing clinician burden since its inception.

Recently, on December 26, 2019, in accordance with both the EO and the Patients Over Paperwork initiative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a request for feedback on Medicare regulations that prevent clinicians from practicing to the full extent of their education and clinical training. This is an important part of the process, and we urge you to submit your comment through AANP’s Voter Voice. This is our chance to once again highlight the barriers within the Medicare program that most impact NPs and ultimately your patients.

You can access AANP’s Advocacy Center here, and we encourage you to share this link with your fellow NPs. CMS is accepting comments until January 17, 2020. We anticipate that CMS will receive extensive feedback on this request, and it is incumbent upon us to make sure the NP voice is heard!

Provide Feedback

3.

Joint Stakeholder Meeting - January 24, 2020

The Colorado Podiatry Board, the State Board of Optometry, the Colorado Dental Board, the Colorado Medical Board, and the Board of Nursing will hold a Stakeholder Meeting to receive input regarding the implementation of Colorado Senate Bill 19-079 (SB19-079) as it relates to the requirement that physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, dentists, advanced practice nurses with prescriptive authority, and optometrists prescribe controlled substances electronically on or after July 1, 2021 unless a statutory exception applies. Dentists must prescribe controlled substances electronically on or after July 1, 2023 unless a statutory exception applies.   

Draft Rules

  • A copy of the draft rules and SB19-079 are available for download

Meeting Information

  • Friday, January 24, 2020, at 1:30 P.M.

Ways to Participate

  • In Person: Civic Center Plaza, 1560 Broadway, Room 110D (1st Floor), Denver, CO 80202
  • By Webinar: Register Here
  • Submit Comments: Oral comments will be taken from participants who are present in-person or participating via webinar. If you cannot make the meeting in-person or wish to make written comments rather than speaking, you may email your written comments to: dora_dpo_rulemaking@state.co.us by Tuesday, January 21, 2020, to be included in the dialogue of this Stakeholder Meeting. However, public comments are encouraged and will be accepted until the Permanent Rulemaking Hearings.  

Meeting Format

Stakeholder input will be limited to discussions on the implementation of SB19-079. The Boards need your help to identify how these changes might affect consumer outcomes, positive or negative, and to assess “how” and “what” changes should be considered to implement the new legislation. Written and oral comments will be available for the Board to consider as part of the formal rulemaking process. If you have any questions or concerns about stakeholder input, please send them to dora_dpo_rulemaking@state.co.us.