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Ohio APRNs Seek Independent Practice Again

Ohio’s physicians can help stop dangerous scope of practice bill—contact your legislators today!

On August 29, Rep. Theresa Gavarone (R—Bowling Green) introduced House Bill 726, a dangerous bill which would allow advance practice nurse practitioners (APRNs) to practice independently  without a collaborating physician. Many of you will recall a similar bill was introduced in the last General Assembly. Working with elected officials, nurses, medical organizations, and physicians’ groups for 18 months, we were able to make commonsense modifications to the legislation which did not include independent practice authority for APRNs.

We achieved this victory by standing shoulder-to-shoulder with physicians all over the state and speaking with one voice to tell Ohio’s lawmakers to preserve physician-led, team-based care.

But now, another attempt to vastly expand APRNs’ scope of practice is underway, and we’re again asking for your help to defeat it. Elected officials need to understand that APRNs and physicians are not interchangeable and that Ohio’s physicians are strongly against any legislation that compromises physician-led, team-based care.

Ready to act? The Ohio State Medical Association has made it easy to send a letter to your legislator about HB 726 through their online Advocacy Action Center. This handy tool helps you with what to say and even directs the letter to the correct legislator.

Thanks in advance for helping to protect physician-led, team-based care!

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Medical Liability Reform Talking Points:

  • Liability pressure increases health system costs through its impact on defensive medicine.

  • Reforms work! The state of Texas is a model of reform for the nation with a 2003 law that has drawn more emergency and critical care physicians to the state and improved patient safety. In fact, in Texas, physicians liability rates have been cut by an average of 27%. The state has experienced a statewide increase in all physicians.

  • Despite the promise shown by earlier legislative reform with the leveling out of medical malpractice premiums, the 2009 Ohio Department of Insurance Medical Liability Closed Claim data report shows emergency medicine remains the 3rd most sued specialty in Ohio, likely due to the unique environment in which they practice, making life and death decisions, often without access to critical medical information. 85% of these cases were closed without indemnity, showing a vast over-litigation rate for our specialty.

  • Patient access to care is affected by liability concerns. Other specialists providing essential on-call services to emergency patients are often in critically short supply, due largely to increased liability exposure, higher liability premiums and reduced reimbursements for providing emergency care.  

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