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May 2021 Newsletter
Announcing 15th NPAA Annual Conference
"A Whole New World: Refresh. Renew. Refocus."
Announcing the NPAA 15th Annual Conference. This year's theme is "A Whole New World: Refresh. Renew. Refocus.". The conference will be at the Wynfrey Hyatt Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama on November 12-13, 2021.

Deadline Extended for Abstract Submissions! Submit an abstract to be considered as a presenter. Submit an Abstract!

Government Affairs Update
Dr. Lisa S. Pair, Vice-President of Policy
The 2021 Alabama State Legislature session ends May 17th, 6700 bills introduced this session with 1453 signed into law. The following are the significant bills that NPAA monitored this session.

SB 186: - Controlled substance database, access by BON authorized for monitoring licensees. NOTE: This bill is for single requests and is truly needed to ensure that the pubic continues to be protected – which is the mission of the BON; NPAA supported this bill.

SB 179: BON authorized to establish standards for student nurse apprenticeships and to issue apprentice permits and for use of MACs. NOTE: This bill is significant in that it will allow for colleges to provide apprenticeships for students to keep them in the workforce; MACs are needed for the assisted living and nursing homes within our state.

SB 46: Medical Cannabis, program established to allow use of for certain conditions, defense against prosecution for marijuana possession established. NOTE: NPs are not authorized in the bill to prescribe.

Bills that died in session that NPAA monitored:
HB 402: Optometrists, practice of optometry defined, Board of Optometry to regulate, Secs. 20-2-2, 34-22-1 am'd. NOTE: this bill is important as it discusses scope of practice; one of the issues presently with NPs is that we have a separate agency, the BME, defining out SOP. 

HB 176: Health of personnel performing radiologic imaging on radiation therapy, licensing. and reg.

As we move forward with the Policy Goals for NPAA, we want to hear from you.  The State Legislature’s election year is 2022.  What are your thoughts on political campaign funding for upcoming candidates?
Updated Guidelines for Prescribing Buprenorphine
On April 27, 2021, HHS released new practice guidelines for the administration of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). These new guidelines allow qualified nurse practitioners (NPs) and other health care professionals (qualified practitioners) to prescribe buprenorphine for OUD to as many as 30 patients without requiring them to obtain a Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 waiver (DATA-waiver). Qualified practitioners are still required to submit an application, designated as a “Notice of Intent” (NOI), in order to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD and to indicate a patient limit of 30 on the NOI. Qualified practitioners who plan to treat more than 30 patients at a time with buprenorphine for OUD will need to go through the current DATA-waiver process. The new practice guidelines became effective April 28, 2021. Further information is available on AANP’s website and in the HHS announcement.
Get involved with NPAA
The following NPAA offices will be up for election this fall. Nominations will start in May. Each office is held for 2 years except for the Student-At-Large position. Please contact Denise Williams, NPAA Administrative Director, admin@npalliancealabama.org.

  • President-elect: shall serve for one (1) two (2) year term. Shall remain informed of all issues, statutes, and concerns facing NPs in Alabama. The President-elect, in absence of the President, shall serve as spokesperson for NPs, call meetings, set the calendar and agenda for the meetings, and chair meetings. The President-elect shall be a co-signer of all bank accounts, chair the Bylaws committee, and take on special tasks as designated by the President.

  • VP for Membership: Shall support efforts related to membership recruitment and retention. The VP of Membership chairs the Membership Committee and may take on special tasks as designated by the President.

  • Secretary: Shall keep minutes and records, including meeting attendance, committee and officer reports, and roll of members. The Secretary shall conduct official correspondence, serve as the coordinator of calendars (in coordination with the President), and publish notice of meetings.

  • Member-at-Large: Shall be elected from the membership. The Member-at-Large is a member of the Executive Committee, attends all meetings of the Steering Committee, and may take on special tasks as designated by the President.

  • Two (2) Student Members-at-Large shall serve on the Steering Committee for a one (1) year term. Student Members-at-Large will be elected annually.
Check out NPAA's New Website
NPAA's website has a new look! We are asking all of our existing members to log-in and create their new password and update their profiles. Be sure to check out the new member-only pages! We also have a new preceptor and provider database. You can list your participation in these databases through your member profile.

If you would like to join NPAA, please use our streamlined membership form. It is fast and easy!

For Current NPAA Members, Steps to create a new password and update your profile:

  1. Go to www.npalliancealabama.org
  2. In the upper right-hand corner click View Profile
  3. Enter your email address and click Forgot Password. This will allow you to create a new password.
  4. Log in with your new password and update your profile!

If you have any questions, please contact Denise Williams, admin@npalliacealabama.org