Minnesota APRN Coalition

June 2016 Newsletter

Posted almost 3 years ago by Renee Dahring

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The paint is dry and we have completely moved in to our new website. There are still a few minor details and tweaks we need to make but overall it's up and running well. One of the many benefits of our new site provides us with a more sophisticated method of tracking your membership. You will now get reminders to renew as well as a printable membership card. As part of the ENP Network you can connect with other APRN groups and browse our job postings.

APRN Coalition Accomplishments during 2016 Legislative Session

We continued to build on the work of the APRN Coalition during the last two sessions. As a result, when issues impacting APRNs come up at the legislature policymakers, legislators, staff and state agency staff are now turning to the Coalition to provide analysis. In addition, other professional groups frequently are seeking the input of the Coalition on legislation.

During the 2016 session the Coalition analyzed, sought amendments to and monitored a variety of bills impacting APRNs. However, the 2016 legislative session ended with most stakeholders being disappointed by the failure of these bills to pass. While most of the news has centered on the failure of the legislature to pass transportation and bonding bills and the subsequent veto of the tax bill, many other proposals also a did not make it through the process.

The legislature passed a Supplemental Budget bill (HF 2749 or Session Law Chapter 189) which contains new health care spending and policy provisions. Ultimately, due to major differences between the House, Senate and Governor on spending and policy the new health care spending was minimal. Unfortunately, the provision that most impacted APRNs, the Medical Assistance rate increase for preventive medical and dental care was not included in the Supplemental budget bill. Most of the increased spending in the supplemental bill went towards funding direct care and treatment services provided in state institutions.

The Coalition worked on and amended two bills.

  • SF2468/HF 3269 which established a primary care and mental health professions clinical training grant program for APRNs.
  • A safe handling of chemotherapy and other hazardous drugs bill proposed by MNA.

The APRN Coalition also monitored the SF2983 /HF3269 which is a bill to study the retention rate of APRNs in primary care.

2015 CNP workforce survey

Is now available for download directly from our website for $9.99. We have kept the cost low and proceeds are used to defray the cost of conducting the survey and to support the work of the APRN Coalition.

Medical Cannabis Survey

In preparation for an upcoming meeting with MDH on we surveyed all MN APRNs regarding Medical Cannabis. We had a fantastic response, almost 800 APRNs completed the survey. You can download the results AT NO COST here:

Secretary of State Vacancy

Vacancies: Seven Members including: One Medical Cannabis Patient Advocate; One Health Care Practitioner; One Health Care Practitioner with Expertise in Pediatric Medicine; and Four At-Large Members.
Descriptions include: "Patient Advocate": is an individual with a knowledge of medical cannabis who promotes patient interests in safety, privacy, access, and affordability. "Heath Care Practitioner" is a Minnesota-licensed doctor of medicine, a Minnesota licensed physician assistant acting within the scope of authorized practice, or a Minnesota licensed advanced practice registered nurse who has the primary responsibility for the care and treatment of the qualifying medical condition of a person diagnosed with a qualifying medical condition.

Additional Information: While the meeting schedule, location and hours may vary as necessary, the Panel will have an organization meeting on August 25, 2016. The Panel will then hold at least two working meetings to review petitions and develop a report to the commissioner. The first working meeting will be held on September 8, 2016, and the second working meeting will be held on September 22, 2016. Additional meetings may be added if they are needed. Please ensure your availability for scheduled meeting dates before applying.

HOW TO APPLY (do not send your application to the Coalition)
Submit an Application
Complete the application form.

Applications may be submitted online, by email to Open.Appointments@state.mn.us, or by mail or in person to:
Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299

Applicants should include the following documents:
  • Open Appointments Application Form (completed, signed and dated)
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Biography

DHS invites the public to comment on the Acute Pain Prescribing Recommendations proposal, which is available on the DHS Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) Web site. The public comment period will end June 30, 2016. After the public comment period, the OPWG will review the comments submitted and determine whether to make changes to the recommendations.

Please submit comments to OPWG staff by 4 p.m. on June 30, 2016.

About the OPWG:

The Opioid Prescribing Work Group (OPWG) plays a crucial role in Minnesota's response to the crisis of opioid overuse. The group will work to address the state's worrisome rise in the use of prescription opioid pain medication and heroin, the consequences of which include an increased incidence of opioid addiction, prenatal exposure resulting in babies being born in poor health, and needless overdoses and deaths. The OPWG will help shape the opioid-prescribing improvement and monitoring program, created in 2015 at the direction of the governor and the legislature to reduce the spread of opioids. The OPWG comprises consumers, health care and mental health professionals, law enforcement and representatives of the managed care organizations that contract to serve Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) members.

Additional information is available on the OPWG Web site.


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