Full Practice Authority in Pennsylvania (January 2018 Update)

The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee held an informational hearing on Wednesday, January 24 on full practice authority in the commonwealth.

In April 2017, the PA State Senate passed Senate Bill 25 (SB 25), which would grant full practice authority to nurse practitioners in PA. Its companion bill in the PA House is House Bill 100 (HB 100).

On January 4, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) submitted public comments in support of full practice authority in PA. The comment states in part: "Undue regulatory restrictions on APRN practice can impose significant costs on health care consumers – patients – as well as both public and private third-party payors."

Click here to read the full FTC statement.

On January 17, Cheryl Fattibene, the Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer with the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium published a column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in support of full practice authority in PA. She argues that passage of HB 100 would improve access to quality care, lower costs, and save $6.4 billion over the next decade.

Click here to read the full column.

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