News and Policy Updates

  • 17 Feb 2016 5:06 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)
    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from weeks 4 through 6 of the 2016 Legislative Session.

    In this issue:

    • Public Health Flexibility Bill
    • Bills on the Move
    • IDPH Work Force Center Programs Presentation
    • IDPH One-Pagers Distributed (attached)

    Public Health Flexibility Bill Update

    SSB 3072 A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Mark Segebart and Rich Taylor met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill passed the subcommittee. The bill also passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2159.

    The companion house bill, HSB 591, passed its subcommittee on Thursday, February 11. The subcommittee members were Representatives Greg Forristall, Brian Best and Lisa Heddens. It passed out of the House Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    Each bill may now be considered by its respective full chamber.

    Bills on the Move

    Chronic and Infectious Diseases

    SSB 1264 Terminal Illness Experimental Treatments. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand and Matt McCoy met on Tuesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with amendments. The bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15 with amendments.

    SSB 3066 Alzheimer’s Awareness. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2146

    SSB 3112 Dementia Training. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Mark Segebart and  Pam Jochum met on Monday, February 15. The bill did not advance.

    The companion bill, HSB 566, was discussed by a subcommittee of Representatives David Heaton, Dave Dawson and Tom Moore on Monday, February 15. The bill passed subcommittee and may now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee.

    SSB 3073 Meningococcal Immunization. A subcommittee of Senators Rich Taylor, Chaz Allen and Mark Chelgren met on Thursday, February 4. IDPH provided information on meningococcal vaccination rates in Iowa. The bill passed subcommittee. This bill also passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2136.

    The house companion bill, HSB 565, passed subcommittee on Thursday, February 11. The subcommittee was comprised of Representatives Rob Taylor, Tom Moore and Ruth Ann Gaines. The bill passed out of the full House Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    Healthy Homes

    HSB 539 Carbon Monoxide Alarms. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Lee Hein and Daniel Kelley met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of the subcommittee. The bill passed the full House State Government Committee on Thursday, February 11.

    A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand and Wally Horn met on Wednesday, February 10 to discuss the companion bill, SSB 3017. The bill passed in the subcommittee. IDPH provided information on carbon monoxide impact in Iowa. The bill then passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Monday, February 15 with amendments.

    Medicaid Modernization

    SSB 3081 Managed Care Organization (MCO) Contract Termination. A subcommittee of Senators met on Monday, February 8. The bill passed out of subcommittee. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 8. The new bill number is SF 2125. On Thursday, February 11, the bill passed the full Senate Chamber by a vote of 29 to 19. It was referred to the House Human Resources Committee.

    SSB 3113 Medical Assistance Council Membership. A subcommittee of Senators Amanda Ragan, Mary Jo Wilhelm and Mark Costelllo met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    SF 2107 MCO Oversight. A subcommittee of Senators Ragan, Bolkcom, Johnson, Mathis and Segebart met on Thursday, February 4 and Thursday, February 11. The bill passed subcommittee. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments.

    Professional Licensure

    HSB 503 Prescription Authority for Psychologists. This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee as amended on Tuesday, February 9.

    HSB 590 Board of Physician Assistants Resolution. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Greg Forristall and Cindy Winckler met on Monday, February 15. The bill did not advance due to the emergency administrative rules that were filed by the Board of Physician Assistants to terminate the rules referenced by the proposed bill. When emergency rules are filed, they become effective immediately.

    HF 2094 Natural Hair Braiding Licensure Exemption. A subcommittee of Representatives Dawn Pettengill, Deborah Berry and Kevin Koester met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with possible amendments. The bill may now be taken up by the full House State Government Committee.

    HF 2105 Elimination of Board of Physician Assistants. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Greg Forristall, and Cindy Winckler met on Monday, February 8. The subcommittee will take information provided by stakeholders into consideration before making a decision. The bill has not been placed on the agenda for the House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.

    SSB 1212 Music Therapy Advisory Council. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Jason Schultz and Wally Horn met on Monday, February 15. The bill will not advance this year.

    SSB 3003 Board of Pharmacy Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 3. The new bill number is SF 2102.

    SSB 3004 Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substance Schedules. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 3. The new bill number is SF 2116.

    SF 453 Board of Pharmacy Omnibus Bill. This bill passed the full House Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, February 9.

    SSB 3108 Clinical Art Therapist Licensure. A subcommittee of Senators William Dotzler Jr., Mark Chelgren and Rich Taylor met on Tuesday, February 9. The subcommittee members wanted more information before making a decision. The bill will not advance this year.

    SF 2013 African-style Hair Exemption.  A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Jake Chapman and Janet Petersen met on Wednesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee with amendments. The bill may now be considered by the full Senate State Government Committee.

    Substance Use Prevention and Treatment

    HF 2132 Narcan Overdose Response. A subcommittee of Representatives Jared Klein, Joel Fry, and Ako Abdul-Samad met on Thursday, February 11. The bill was placed on the agenda for the full House Public Safety Committee for Tuesday, February 16.

    A subcommittee of Senators Joe Bolkcom, Amanda Ragan, and David Johnson also met on Thursday, February 11 to discuss the companion Senate bill,  SF 2008. The bill passed the Senate subcommittee with amendments. IDPH provided information on drug overdose impact. The bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Monday, February 15.

    SF 410 Drug Overdose Prevention. A subcommittee of Representatives  Jarad Klein, Ako Abdul-Samad and Joel Fry met on February 3. The bill passed subcommittee with no amendments. The bill also passed the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday, February 4 with amendments.

    Tobacco Use Prevention and Control

    HF 2095 Smoke Free Air Act Casino Exemption. A subcommittee of Representatives Jake Highfill, Mary Mascher, and Guy Vander Linden met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill will not advance this year. IDPH provided information on secondhand smoke to the subcommittee.

    Vital Records

    HF 2140 Fetal Death Certificates. A subcommittee of Representatives Joel Fry, Sandy Salmon, and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell met on Tuesday, February 9. The subcommittee did not come to a decision and will take the information provided into consideration. The bill has not been placed on the agenda for the House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.

    Other bills of interest

    SSB 3109 Children’s Mental Health and Well Being. A subcommittee of Senators Liz Mathis, Amanda Ragan and Mark Segebart met on Tuesday, February 10. The bill passed out of subcommittee without amendments. This bill then passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee unanimously on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2161.

    SSB 3036 Oral Contraceptive Prescriptions. This bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee on Wednesday, February 10. The new bill number is SF 2160.

    SF 232 Underage Tanning. A subcommittee of Senators met on Tuesday, February 9. The bill passed subcommittee with an amendment to change the language from applying to those under 18 years of age to under 17 years of age. This bill will move instead of HF 420

    SF 508 Firework  Provisions. This bill passed the full Senate State Government Committee on Wednesday, February 3 with amendments. IDPH provided an informational sheet on firework injuries in Iowa. The new bill number is SF 2113.

    SF 2032 Disclosure of Mental Health Records for Patient Care Coordination. The bill passed the full Senate Human Resources Committee with amendments on Monday, February 9.

    SF 2057 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Universal Screening. A subcommittee of Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Chaz Allen and Mark Chelgren met on Wednesday, February 3. The Senators will take information received during the meeting under consideration before making a final decision. This bill has not been added to a Senate Human Resources Committee meeting as of this writing.

    IDPH Work Force Center Programs Presentation

    On Thursday, February 11, Director of IDPH, Gerd Clabaugh and Bob Russell Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, presented to the Health and Human Services Appropriations Joint Subcommittee on IDPH workforce recruitment and retention programs. They provided preliminary findings from an evaluation commissioned by the department and conducted by the University of Iowa’s Center for Health Policy and Research of these programs. They also handed out a summary of department program descriptions and current appropriations (click here for PDF handout).

    Click here for PDF of one-pager informational handouts from IDPH.

  • 05 Feb 2016 12:56 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    This week’s newsletter showcases snapshots from the first three weeks of session. 

    In this issue:

    IDPH Legislative Budget Package Overview

    The IDPH legislative budget package for FY 2017 is focused on supporting strategic reallocations in the existing general fund budget for the department. Reallocations were considered based on historic reversions back to the general fund and additional needs identified in other department program areas. By reallocating funds, IDPH will be able to reduce reversions back to the general fund and, instead, use the funding for programming within the department that is required by the Iowa Code but is unfunded or underfunded.

    Reallocated to:

    • Increase of $74,059 to the PRIMECARRE Program to close the gap between the number of applicants and existing funding.
    • Increase of $60,000 for the Certificate of Need (CON) Program to support the administration of this program.
    • New allocation of $47,000 to the Child Vision Screening Program to create a sustainable funding source for ongoing costs.
    • New allocation of $74,389 for the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health (OMMH) to compensate for reduced federal funding.
    • New allocation of $150,000 to fund the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) service charges (utility billings) to fully execute the requirements of Executive Order 20 and the directives of the 2010 Government Reorganization and Efficiencies Act.

    Reallocated from:

    • $275,000 from the Gambling Treatment and Prevention Program without decreasing the clients receiving problem gambling treatment and without decreasing provider rates.
    • $25,000 from the Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening Program due to feedback from the subcontractors regarding difficulty spending funds.
    • $105,448 from the Mental Health Workforce Stipend Program due to historical reversions. A portion of the funding will be used for the PRIMECARRE Program.  Specified mental health professions are eligible for this funding.

    Additionally, $500,000 is being requested from the Technology Reinvestment Fund for the second year of requested funding for the Maternal and Child Health database integration project.  Project goals include:

    • Integrate 5 program data collection systems across 8 programs in the Bureaus of Family Health and Oral and Health Delivery Systems.
    • Better support our stakeholders and to improve the outcomes of the families they work with.
    • All 8 programs impacted operate in all 99 counties and serve all children and pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid as well as low-income and uninsured or underinsured Iowans.
    • Currently the 5 systems function independently of each other, are not web-based, and cannot share data among users or with the public. The systems are aging and are costly to repair and present data security issues.
    • Features of the new system will include case management, referral management, risk assessment, billing, and client and population-level reporting.

    *See the IDPH FY 17 Budget Memo for more information.

    Public Health Flexibility Bill

    This bill will consist of two parts that both attempt to encourage collaboration amongst public health stakeholders and to increase flexibility in local decision making as it relates to public health.  Many factors will impact the delivery of public health services now and in the future. The Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), workforce turnover in administrator positions in local agencies, an aging public health workforce, a trend toward voluntary national accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), decreases in federal funding, and the opportunities that the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant will bring in the next few years are just a few examples. Adjustments in Iowa Code will provide greater opportunities for local public health agencies to respond to new challenges and opportunities, and organize in ways that better meet their needs, as well as realign accreditation efforts around national standards. For more information please read “Public Health Challenges” included in the IDPH Policy Package information attached to this publication.

    The bill has been introduced in the Senate as SSB 3072. The subcommittee members assigned to the bill are Senators Mary Jo Wilhelm, Rich Taylor and Mark Segebart. A meeting of the subcommittee has not been scheduled as of this writing.

    Division I: Division I has three goals, 1) to remove code language that has become outdated, 2) to merge the work  of  two councils that were established under the code chapter, and 3) to retain the Fund that is being used to support quality improvement efforts in local public health agencies across the state.

    Division II: The goal of Division II is to reduce barriers in law which restrict local organizing strategies  in Iowa Code Section 137 District Boards of Health and to increase flexibility for local decision making.

    *See the additional materials, titled “IDPH Policy Package” for more information.

    Subcommittees Attended

    HSB 503 Prescription Authority for Psychologists. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Joel Fry and Timi Brown-Powers met on Wednesday, January 27. The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full Human Resources Committee as of this writing. 

    HSB 511 Certificate of Need. A subcommittee of Representatives Ako Abdul-Samad, Linda Miller and Joel Fry met Monday, January 25.  The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full House Human Resources Committee as of this writing. 

    HF 420 Regulation of Tanning Facilities. A subcommittee of Representatives Greg Forristall, Timi Brown-Powers and Joel Fry met on Thursday, January 28. The bill passed out of subcommittee without amendments. It may now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee. 

    HF 2025 Out-of-State Medical Examiner Fees. A subcommittee of Representatives Rob  Bacon, Lisa Heddens and Tom Moore met on Wednesday and Thursday, January 20 and 21. The bill was passed out of subcommittee with an amendment. It will now be considered by the full House Human Resources Committee.

    HF 2041 Supervision of Physician Assistants. A subcommittee of Representatives Linda Miller, Rob Taylor and Cindy Winckler met on Wednesday, January 27. The subcommittee members will continue to consider the information provided at the meeting. It has not been discussed by the full House Human Resources Committee as of this writing.    

    SF 508 Fireworks Protocol. The bill was first introduced in the 2015 legislative session and is being revisited. A subcommittee of Senators Jeff Danielson, Rick Bertrand, Jake Chapman, Wally Horn and Brian Schoenjahn met on Wednesday, January 27. The bill passed out of the Senate State Government Committee with amendments on February 3. The bill may now be considered by the full Senate Chamber. 

    SF 2032 Disclosure of Mental Health Information. A subcommittee of Senators met on Thursday, January 28. The bill passed out of subcommittee with possible amendments to include references to federal law governing specially protected health information. The bill may now be taken up by the full Senate Human Resources Committee.    

    Other Information

    • To review any report filed with the General Assembly by executive branch agencies, including IDPH, please click here.
    • The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources available.
    • The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website.
    • To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email tojoin-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

    For more information, please contact Deborah Thompson, Policy Advisor for IDPH, at 515-240-0530 or Deborah.Thompson@IDPH.Iowa.gov

  • 03 Feb 2016 8:21 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Nurse Practitioner Associates for Continuing Education (NPACE)

    NPACE provides practical, evidence-based continuing education and professional enrichment for NPs and APRNs with a focus on primary care and pharmacology. In addition to our well-known conferences, we offer online classes and monographs. Since 1980. Accredited, non-profit. Visit their website at http://www.npace.org to find out more.

  • 27 Jan 2016 6:11 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Speaker Upmeyer makes health care history as first nurse practitioner to serve as House Speaker

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 

    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) congratulates Representative Linda Upmeyer on her swearing in as Speaker of the Iowa House of Representatives. Speaker Upmeyer, a certified nurse practitioner, is an AANP member and the first nurse practitioner to hold the office. During her tenure in the House, AANP has partnered with Speaker Upmeyer to address a variety of health care issues important to nurse practitioners and their patients. "As a nurse practitioner and as Speaker of the Iowa House, I have dedicated my life's work to finding positive solutions that meet the health care needs of Iowa's families. I am proud to represent the great state of Iowa where nurse practitioners can practice to the full scope of their education and training, and Iowans can benefit from access to their care," said Speaker Linda Upmeyer. 

    "Speaker Upmeyer has been a longtime champion of patients, from the state house to the hospital floor. We're delighted that such an outstanding legislator and nurse practitioner has been named Speaker, and we look forward to working with her to advance policies that strengthen patient access to high quality, affordable health care delivered by their provider of choice," said AANP President Cindy Cooke, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP. In June, Speaker Upmeyer will receive AANP's 2016 State Award for Excellence, an annual award that recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of health care policy and the profession. 

    "We look forward to presenting Speaker Upmeyer with this well-deserved recognition, and thanking her for her stalwart efforts on behalf of patients and nurse practitioners across our state. Her input each year on our Iowa Legislation Day has been very beneficial as well as her help on grassroots issues," said AANP's Iowa State Representative Sherry McKay, ARNP, GNP-BC, FAANP.

  • 20 Jan 2016 5:13 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    February 23, 2016 from 9:00am - 12:00pm
    State Capitol Room 304, Des Moines

    Come join us as we advocate for Nurse Practitioners in Iowa!

    Agenda:

    9:00am:  Cheryll Jones - "So You want to be an Advocate"

    9:30am:  Joe Kelly -  2016 Session State Legislative Bills

    10:00am: Kathy Weinberg - Iowa Board of Nursing update

    10:30am:  Kerry Rupe - Acknowledgement of Representative Linda Upmeyer for AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence

    10:40am:  IOM Advanced Practice Task Force Update

    11:00am:  Panel of legislators

    12:00pm:  Adjourn - Meet with your legislators (lunch on your own)

  • 17 Dec 2015 6:31 AM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    A warm welcome to the following elected members:

    • President Elect: Theresa Hohertz
    • Treasurer: Juanita O'Brien
    • North East District Representative: Andrea Achenbach
    • South East District Representative: Anne Gentile-Archer
    I look forward to working closely with all the board members in 2016. I wish everyone happy holidays and good health in the upcoming year.

    Sherry Buske
    President
    Iowa Nurse Practitioner Society

  • 01 Dec 2015 1:39 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    Please visit our Vote for INPS Board Members page to find a link to vote. You must be logged in to access this page.

    Thank you for your input in selecting our leadership team!

  • 23 Nov 2015 12:55 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is designed specifically to offer Advanced Practice Nurses a life-changing opportunity to become leaders of new models of care.

    This one year program, through onsite retreats combined with distance-based sessions, offers innovative and integrated training in the areas of leadership, management, organizational development, business, community engagement and population health. The program is structured to provide the health care clinician a program rich in content and opportunities for professional development. Cost is very nominal due to the generous support of Johnson & Johnson.

    The Duke-Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program is accepting applications October 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016. Thirty Program Fellows will be selected to participate for the 2016-2017 Program Year.

    To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, visit: https://duke-jjnurseleadership.duhs.duke.edu/ or download the program brochure by clicking here.

  • 27 Oct 2015 12:12 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    INPS was recently alerted to a new resource that might be of interest to our members:  Health Care Spanish website.

    This website is a free resource for healthcare workers who are working with primarily Spanish-speaking patients. Using it will help anyone learn basic medical Spanish phrases in minutes rather than weeks or months. It has been offered to thousands of college instructors and they are giving it to their students as well as signing up for the newsletter.

    INPS has no affiliation with this website and is not endorsing it. We are simply providing the information to you in case it is useful. We'd love to hear your feedback if you use it! Please contact us.

  • 15 Sep 2015 8:10 PM | Lara Marsh (Administrator)

    For information about upcoming INPS board openings and how you can self-nominate see the Nominate Board Members page. (Note: you must be logged in to view this page.)

    For any questions, please contact INPS President, Sherry Buske or any current Board Member.

    Thank you!


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