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MNNP Legislative Announcement

MNNP, in partnership with the APRN coalition, put forth a signature authority bill to add APRNs as authorized signers on a number of documents during the recently completed legislative session.  Both SF 1844 and HF 2177 passed with a unanimous vote in both chambers and the final bill was signed by Governor Dayton.  The bill went into effect May 19th, 2017.   

This bill moves APRNs one step closer to recognizing true full practice authority in Minnesota.  Now, MN APRNs are authorized to sign for certain aspects of care that we were already providing daily. This bill also includes allowing APRNs to sign death certificates for patients under their care.

Below you will find specific information from the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Vital Records.

Legislative change effective May 19, 2017:

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 144.213, subdivision 1, is amended to read:

Subdivision 1. Creation; state registrar; Office of Vital Records. The commissioner shall establish an Office of Vital Records under the supervision of the state registrar. The commissioner shall promulgate rules for the collection, filing, and registering of vital records information by the state registrar, physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, morticians, and others. Except as otherwise provided in sections 144.211 to 144.227, rules previously promulgated by the commissioner relating to the collection, filing and registering of vital records shall remain in effect until repealed, modified or superseded by a rule promulgated by the commissioner.

Minnesota Rules, part 4601.1800, shall be modified to read as follows until the commissioner of health can revise the rule under Minnesota Statutes, chapter 14:

"Cause of death information for each death that occurs in Minnesota may be provided only by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, coroner, or medical examiner. The physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant who provides the cause of death must be the physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant who was present at the time of death; the physician, advanced practice registered nurse, physician assistant, or an associate of the physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant who provided medical treatment for the deceased before death; or a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant who has direct knowledge of the circumstances and cause of death and has access to the medical record of the deceased. Cause of death information must be provided to a registrar according to parts 4601.0100 to 4601.2600."

APRNs may access and review the full bill HF 2177 at the website: House of Representatives Signature Authority Bill

Although extensive the bill demonstrates the important role of the APRN in healthcare delivery in MN.

Please see the announcement from the Office of Vital Records (.pdf) on more information about signing death certificates.

MNNP would like to thank the APRN Coalition for partnering with us to support this very important legislation. 


   

 

Update- 3/1/2017

 

Our own Noelle Andrychowicz went to D.C. with fellow MN nurse practitioners to lobby for APRN practice this past week.  It was a great meeting- more to come when she returns!

 

 


 


About Maureen O’Connell: MNNP's Political Lobbyist
Maureen O’Connell is an attorney who started her own consulting firm O’Connell Consulting, LLC in October, 2013. She is a policy and government relations consultant on health care and economic justice issues for a variety of nonprofit organizations including AARP, American Massage Therapy Association-Minnesota Chapter-Minnesota Chapter, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, Minnesota APRN Coalition and TakeAction Minnesota. She is also the co-founder of Health Access MN, a MNsure partner and navigator agency, providing health care outreach and enrollment assistance to individuals accessing health insurance coverage though Minnesota's online marketplace. She was a Legal Aid attorney for over twenty years and served as the Assistant Commissioner - Chemical and Mental Health Services Administration at the Minnesota Department of Human Services from 2010-2012.

 

APRN Coalition:

As a small and growing organization, MNNP relies on our partnership with the Minnesota APRN Coalition to jointly work towards full access to APRN care for all Minnesota Citizens. To that end, MNNP recommends that all nurse practitioner members also consider joining and supporting the Minnesota APRN Coalition. We will share the APRN Coalition updates and political action alerts with you through the MNNP webpage and emails.  To explore the mission and work of the Coalition, click here. 

 

  

 

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