Jan 10, 2017

Ohioans To Gain More Access to Healthcare

Ohioans To Gain More Access to HealthcareOhioans will soon have more options when it comes to finding healthcare.

Gov. John Kasich on Jan. 4 signed a bill that brings Ohio into closer alignment with the APRN Consensus Model, which defines the practice of advanced practice registered nurses. As a result, APRNs in Ohio must now be licensed, not just certified.  This is a technicality, but for consumers, licensing is a stronger regulator.

The bill does not remove the required physician collaboration, but adds common-sense provisions, including:

  • Psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialists may collaborate with primary care physicians, not just psychiatrists.  This could greatly increase access to mental health services for Ohioans.
  • APRNs may prescribe Schedule 2 drugs (pain medications) to terminally ill patients who reside in assisted living
  • Collaborating physicians will no longer be required to review APRN charts.
  • If a collaborating physician dies, moves, or terminates a collaborating agreement for any other reason, the APRN may continue to practice.