CHICAGO – In an ongoing effort to ensure that Illinois residents have access to the health care they need, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 1052, a measure to clarify and expand the role of advance practice nurses (APNs) in Illinois. Under the new law, these health care professionals will have more options to practice primary health care, and treat patients. The law prohibits certain limitations on what a written collaborative agreement between a physician and an APN can include.
“This law reflects the growing respect of APNs among the health care community and the public they serve,” said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation. “Removing artificial barriers will ensure these professionals can provide vital care including treating minor illnesses, prescribing and dispensing necessary medicines, and conducting wellness exams.”
The Act changes the statutory relationship between physicians and APNs with whom they have collaborative agreements by prohibiting those agreements from restricting 1) the categories of patients an APN may treat; 2) the third party payers or government health programs payment to an APN or PA and 3) the geographical area of practice within Illinois.
The new law, sponsored by State Representative John E. Bradley (D-Marion) and State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), takes effect on January 1, 2014.