STATEMENT: Why PAMED Supports Pilot Program for Nurse Practitioners

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2020

The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) announced its support Tuesday for a 6-year pilot program that would collect data to measure the impact of independent certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) in Pennsylvania’s designated primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). The proposal is part of an amended version of House Bill 100.

The following is reaction from John P. Gallagher, MD, chair of the PAMED Board of Trustees:

“PAMED remains a strong advocate for delivering health care services through physician-led teams. That is why for many years we have fiercely opposed removing collaborative agreements between CRNPs and physicians.
“However, as Pennsylvania struggles to identify ways to improve access to care in rural and underserved communities, PAMED’s Board of Trustees felt that this pilot program gave us the best opportunity to evaluate the clinical acumen of ‘independent CRNPs’ and measure their impact on quality and access in these areas.
“PAMED and a coalition of other physician organizations worked with Rep. Dave Hickernell to develop strict criteria that would measure the effectiveness of program participants in a meaningful way while not jeopardizing patient safety.”

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