MAAPPN Member Meeting

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 

Due to Covid-19 concerns we will be postponing our in-person celebrations for another time!    Please register below for our ZOOM  MAAPPN Meeting on Tuesday September 14  Honored Guest: Rep. Kay Khan!  Keep up with the issues affecting our practice:  passage of the Health Care Bill granting Supervisory independence, Telehealth, student support, diversity and succession planning among many others!

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Time: Sep 14, 2021  (Link Opens) 5:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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News You Can Use…

Go to Mass.gov for Individual MCSR

It will say:  Apply for or renew a physician, dentist, advanced practice nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or CDTM pharmacist MCSR

Under “What You Need” it begins “Attention APRN’s” – hit the link in that in that paragraph.

On the next page you are taken to, go to Downloads and find: Attestation for Advance Practice Nurses

MAAPPN Looking for Psych NP/CNS's Building Private Practices

There are more patient referrals than we have providers to refer to!  Are you starting your private practice or have openings available?  Please contact us at MAAPPN@gmail.com and let us know how we might refer patients to you! 

Post From MCNP…

Massachusetts NPs Granted Full Practice Authority!
We Did It!
 
The Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners is proud to report that today Governor Charlie Baker signed into law, An Act Promoting a Resilient Health Care System That Puts Patients First making Massachusetts the 23rd state in the nation to pass FPA legislation for Nurse Practitioners. 
This achievement represents an 8-year legislative effort and the contributions of countless individuals. From the founding members of the MCNP, to the dedicated MCNP volunteers who championed this fight and never gave up; our members who supported this work and engaged with legislators; our bill sponsors; our incredible lobbying teams over the past 25 years; institutional, organizational, and nursing supporters; key legislators; and state leaders – we are grateful to many for this Herculean effort.

There is still work ahead as regulations are promulgated and new barriers are faced, but TODAY, we can rejoice in this incredible victory for patients and what we were able to accomplish together.

Please reach out to your legislators to thank them for their support by sending a pre-formatted email through our website:  https://www.votervoice.net/MCNP/campaigns/79006/respond 
Until we can celebrate in person, our gratitude and best wishes for positive changes in the New Year ahead. 

Chris Malagrida, MCNP President
Stephanie Ahmed, MCNP State Legislative Policy Director

Regis College Nurses Applaud State’s Practice Supervision Reform

After a nearly two-decade battle for advanced practice nurses in the Regis College community and across Massachusetts, a newly signed state law will lift practice restrictions and increase access to care.

Gov. Charlie Baker signed the sweeping health care reform legislation on Jan. 1.

The new law grants nurse practitioners, psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialists, and nurse anesthetists independent authority over their practice after two years of supervision by a physician or qualified advanced practice nurse. Previously, supervision was required by a physician, limiting the ability of advanced practice nurses to deliver care permitted by their licenses and scope of practice.

“There have been a lot of people rooting for this legislation,” said Mary Ann Hart, director for the health administration graduate program and a registered lobbyist who has represented several nursing professional groups advocating for the legislation. “I think it is going to encourage more nurses to become advanced practice nurses because they will no longer have this barrier to practice.”

Twenty-two other states had already removed practice supervision restrictions, including every state in New England except for Massachusetts. Hart explained numerous factors made supervision requirement a barrier to practice, including a shortage of primary care physicians and psychiatrists to supervise a growing number of advanced practice nurses.

“You needed to get a physician willing to take you on to supervise you, but because there is a shortage of physicians in many specialties, it has gotten more difficult to find physicians willing to take on that responsibility,” said Hart.

Hart, who represented the Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses on the most recent push for the legislation, pointed out an increasing number of advanced practice nurses, particularly in psychiatry, simply could not care for their patients because of they were unable to find physician supervisors.

“But attitudes have changed, said Hart. “The evidence shows that health outcomes for patients treated by advanced practice nurses are comparable to those who have been treated by physicians. People in health care are beginning to get that.”

A driving force behind the reform finally getting approved was the decision by the state earlier this year to temporarily lift the physician supervision requirement in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to optimize health care access during the once-in-a-generation public health crisis.

“This critical reform addresses the rising health care needs of patients and regional workforce challenges that were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Diane Welsh, dean of the Young School of Nursing. “Removing practice restrictions further empowers advanced practice nurses, including the next generation of nurse practitioners we educate at Regis College. This new law will increase access to high quality care during this coronavirus pandemic and its resulting demands on our health care system, and expand access to care into the future.”

MAAPPN Chair Diane Grimaldi, DNP, PMHCNS, BC

Message From MAAPPN Chair

As the chair of Massachusetts Association of Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nurses (MAAPPN) since 2004, I have had the privilege of collaborating with exemplary nursing leaders who volunteer in their positions on our board of directors.  It is our mission to improve behavioral healthcare in the Commonwealth by addressing the practice concerns of advanced practice psychiatric nurses and the needs of the people we serve.  MAAPPN is the only organization in the state to represent the interests of all advanced practice psychiatric nurses including both the CNS and the NP. Our current goals include improving access to high quality care with supervisory independence, signatory equivalence of CNS/NPs, peer mentorship opportunities, payer continuity of care, appropriate telehealth, and full mental health and substance abuse parity.

MAAPPN History

MAAPPN has a long and storied history. In 1975, when nurses were excluded from insurance reimbursement we formed as Nurses United for Reimbursable Services (NURS) but within a year changed both the mission and name to “Nurses United for Responsible Services”.

NURS met with astonishing success in accomplishing unprecedented legislative and policy gains in MA. In the intervening years, Psychiatric APRNs have continued to earn the respect of our colleagues and clients as highly skilled providers, reliable quality advocates and superb educators for our future generation of advanced practice nurses.

Today, MAAPPN continues its mission to protect our ability to practice to our full scope.

Many of MA Psychiatric APRNs enjoy life-long careers right here in the state and have long standing careers in serving our communities and citizens in any variety of settings.

Psychiatric APRNs now have access to professional roles in institutions, facilities, group practices and in solo private practices.

We enjoy the privileges of our clinical practice today in large part due to the past and current efforts of this extraordinary organization and look forward to many more years of MAAPPNs support for the Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse!

Industry Partners

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MAAPPN Member Meetings

MAAPPN hosts quarterly membership meetings as an opportunity to connect with colleagues, get updates on legislative activities and share clinical expertise and educational opportunities.