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Malloy Signs APRN Bill

by Hugh McQuaid | May 13, 2014 5:30am
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Posted to: Health Care, Jobs, Labor

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill Monday that will allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to practice independent of doctors.

Currently, APRNs are required to work in collaboration with a physician. But when a provision of the new law takes effect on July 1, nurses who meet qualifications will be able to work on their own.

Malloy was expected to sign the bill and applauded its passage in the legislature. He said the change will help Connecticut’s health care system address the demand from newly insured residents. He said access to primary care has been a challenge in some communities.

“With the healthcare industry growing and changing, the role of advanced practice registered nurses remains critical. This bill increases access to primary care across Connecticut by allowing advanced practice registered nurses to do more of what they do so well — evaluating, screening, physical examinations and management of many routine medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma,” Malloy said in a statement.

The bill was opposed by doctors. Following the bill’s passage, the Connecticut State Medical Society released a statement expressing “extreme disappointment” in the vote.

“It is difficult to see how this change will improve patient care, and it does nothing to address the need for healthcare transparency in Connecticut,” Dr. Michael Saffir, the group’s president, said.

There are about 4,000 APRNs in the state of Connecticut, according to state officials.

To date, Malloy has signed 13 bills.

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posted by: Common Sense | May 13, 2014  3:36pm

I had a letter opposition in Connecticut Post over this issue with Michael Caserta, Fairfield, who wrote several letters steadfastly opposing APRN’s being allowed to operate out of their own offices independently. Thankfully—Common Sense prevailed.

posted by: edvolpintesta | May 15, 2014  7:23pm

May 15, 2014
Ct News Junkie
In your recent article “Malloy Signs APRN Bill” (May 13) you placed above the article a picture of an operating room.  This was seriously misleading because it suggested that APRNs have an expectation of performing operations just like surgeons.
The APRNs major focus will be in providing basic primary care services as Governor Malloy stated in the article.  There are many common diseases like earaches and sore throat that APRNs can treat. But they can also monitor hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.
As is well known, there is a shortage of primary care doctors. Most are over-worked and complain of burnout. Some no longer take on new patients and consequently it is not unusual for patients to seek care in emergency rooms. Or some just forgo care and end up getting sicker and being admitted the hospital.
The problem will become more acute as the Affordable Care Act makes it possible for patients to seek care who hitherto could not because they had no insurance.
Clearly, medical practice is undergoing a great transformation and many of the old ideas about defining what a doctor is are being re-evaluated. Some experts believe that treating illness is no longer the prerogative of physicians alone. That is why the Institute of Medicine supports the use of APRNs practicing those primary care services for which they have been trained.
As a general practitioner who has been in practice for 40 years I have seen and experienced first-hand the deficiencies of the primary care system. The APRNs have the potential to lighten the load that many primary care doctors are straining to carry and more important, to help those residents of Connecticut who have difficulty in getting primary care when they need it.
Although Mike Saffir, M.D. the president of the Connecticut State Medical Society does not agree that the APRNs will improve the health care system in Connecticut, I disagree. Perhaps if he were a primary care doctor he would moderate his opinion on this issue.
All things considered, it is misleading to place the photo of the operating room above the article because it gives the wrong impression about what the role of the APRNs will be in the health system.
Edward Volpintesta MD
Bethel, CT 06801

posted by: Christine Stuart | May 16, 2014  7:22am

Christine Stuart

Edward Volpintesta MD
I did not mean to be misleading, it was just the generic medical art I had.
Christine

posted by: Common Sense | May 16, 2014  10:49am

It is ludicrous that Gov. Malloy signed this very bad no common sense bill into law but by-passed the real culprit —soda pop—which has absolutely no food value and really no good for children’s health. At least chocolate milk has food value—but apparently Malloy did not want to offend beverage giants like Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola by being politically correct. Another reason to vote Malloy out of office.  Ge is a “no common sense politically controlled governor” proven by this chocolate milk fiasco.