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Update on FPA Regulations and Expiring Independent Practice Emergency Order

Posted on 6/7/2021 in State Legislative News

In response to successful vaccination efforts and falling COVID infection rates, Massachusetts will be ending its State of Emergency effective June 15, 2021. 
This is wonderful news but means that in the absence of any action to the contrary by the legislature or Department of Public Health, the 3/26/20 Emergency Order suspending the requirement for prescriptive oversight for nurse practitioners with at least two years of supervised experience will be ending on June 15, 2021.
The MCNP is working closely with our regulatory counsel and lobbying team and have been in contact with DPH and legislative leadership to ensure that Nurse Practitioners will be able to transition seamlessly from independent prescriptive practice under the emergency order to that which will be allowed under new Full Practice Authority regulations once promulgated. 
It is not clear at this point if this seamless transition will be will be achieved through legislative action, emergency regulations from the Board of Registration in Nursing or another administrative mechanism.
We expect action in the coming days and will keep you updated on any developments. 

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the Board of Registration in Nursing website to check the status of your Nursing/NP license. If your license was extended during the state of emergency, be sure to verify when you will be due to renew and confirm that you have satisfied all mandatory continuing education and MassHealth enrollment requirements

Please Contact Us if you have any questions.
The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners