SB 323 (Hernandez and Eggman)

Support SB 323 photoFull Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners

Purpose – Senate Bill 323 will allow California’s approximately 22,000 Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training. This new law would ensure access to the health care delivery system and help the millions of Californians who now have access to coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Increased coverage and quality care will also save California money over the long run.

SB 323 will grant NPs full practice authority, under a specified scope of practice, if he or she has national certification and liability insurance. Specifically, this bill:
1) Permits a NP to practice without physician supervision if the NP is certified by a national certifying body, maintains professional liability insurance that is appropriate for his or her practice setting, and is practicing in one of the following settings:
  • An accountable care organization, as specified; or,
  • A group practice, a medical group, or an independent practice association.
  • A clinic, health facility, or county medical facility;

2) Specifies the scope of practice for NPs. Specifically, permits and independent NP, in the listed above, to perform services that are widely agreed to be the extent of services that NP perform today.

3) Requires a NP to refer a patient to a physician and surgeon or another licensed health care provider if a situation or condition of the patient is beyond the NP’s education or training. 

4) Requires these NPs to have medical malpractice insurance
Email you local California elected Senator and/or Assemblymember and ask them to support Senate Bill 323 by voting YES!
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APRN BUTTON IN COLOR PICMoore On Health believes that the CURES Database is a best practice for Nurse Practitioners. CURES is the acronym for Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System  California’s prescription drug monitoring system. 

According to the State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General – CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) is a database of Schedule II, III and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in California serving the public health, regulatory oversight agencies, and law enforcement. CURES 2.0 is committed to the reduction of prescription drug abuse and diversion without affecting legitimate medical practice or patient care. Do not put off registering with CURES another day. Identifying a medical provider prescriber may save a life. The combination of California’s Nurse Practitioners armed with the latest best practices and routinely using the CURES database will lead to better patient outcomes.

To begin your CURES registration click on the link below.

Also, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and confidentiality and disclosure provisions of California law cover the information contained in CURES 2.0.

Access to CURES 2.0 is limited to licensed prescribers and licensed pharmacists strictly for patients in their direct care; and regulatory board staff and law enforcement personnel for official oversight or investigatory purposes.