Dear (insert your legislator's name)
As your constituent and a nurse practitioner (NP) who cares for patients in the Commonwealth, I am writing to ask you for your support of (SB 1079 / HB 2009), An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs. The bill will soon be heard before the Joint Committee on Public Health, and I ask that you and your fellow legislators support the favorable release of this bill, which will increase patient access and enhance the quality of health care for our patients.
An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs will modernize the Massachusetts advanced practice nursing statutes by proposing statutory and regulatory changes that allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Specifically, the bill will remove the requirement for physician oversight of NP and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) prescriptive practice, remove the mandate for collaborative practice agreements, and remove the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine's (BORM) oversight of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (BORN). These changes are consistent with the recommendations cited in the Institute of Medicine's Future of Nursing Report and supported by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the National Governors Association, the Federal Trade Commission, and many other specialty organizations.
As you may be aware, nurse practitioners and other APRNs are expert clinicians with graduate degrees and licensed by the Board of Registration in Nursing to practice in an expanded role. Despite our advanced education and training and significant outcomes data that support the quality and cost effectiveness of the care we provide, NP's in Massachusetts are restricted by a practice act that creates barriers rather than enhances quality care and patient access. There is no evidence that these antiquated barriers enhance patient safety, add value or decrease the cost of care.
The Rand Report: Controlling Health Care Spending in Massachusetts, cited a potential $8.4 billion dollar in savings over the next 10 years in Massachusetts by allowing NP's to practice to the full extent of their education and training (2009).
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you and share more information about the many roles and contributions of nurse practitioners and how they enhance the health and wellness of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
I look forward to hearing back from you and thank you in advance for your support of this legislation and the 7000 nurse practitioners across the state.
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