American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Applauds Maryland For Right-Sizing Nurse Practitioner Regulations [MD]
"The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) praised Governor Larry Hogan and the legislators of Maryland for adopting a new full-practice authority law that allows patients in all areas of the state to directly receive the full scope of services that nurse practitioners are educated and clinically trained to deliver. The law expands patient access to high-quality health care and promotes a wider geographic distribution of the state's health care workforce.
The legislation retires the mandate that Maryland nurse practitioners maintain 'attestation agreements' with physicians as a pre-condition of licensure and practice, which had previously discouraged nurse practitioners from practicing in rural and unserved areas of the state, according to AANP.
Governor Hogan signed the bill (HB 999/SB 723) into law on May 12th, making Maryland the 21st full-practice authority state, and the seventh state to right-size regulations affecting nurse practitioner patients in the last four years. The move closely follows actions undertaken in Nebraska, which similarly eased nurse practitioner restrictions in March."