Experienced Nurse Practioners No Longer Require Written Practice Agreement

It has been a little over a month since New York’s Nurse Practitioner Modernization Act went into effect.  The Act permits Nurse Practitioners with at least 3,600 hours of practice to dispense with the requirement of a written practice agreement with a collaborating physician who reviews and signs off on charts.

Instead, the Act permits the experienced Nurse Practitioners to form "collaborative relationships" involving telephone and written communication “in order to provide comprehensive patient care and to make referrals as necessary.”  Nurse Practitioners must attest that such relationships exist.

For rural Upstate New York practices, the hope is that the law will allow more flexibility to Nurse Practitioners who often practice in underserved areas.  Such Nurse Practitioners could, now, have a collaborating physician who is not located in the same practice, and would not be tied to a single physician whose departure can interrupt patient services.  The Act is found as amendments to New York Education Law §6902.

Article written by Dawn J. Lanouette, Partner at Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP.  To contact Mrs. Lanouette directly call (607) 231-6917 or dlanouette@hhk.com. 

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