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Action Alert: Support SB478 and Send Emails Now!

Posted 9 days ago

Greetings!

TNA endorsed legislation, Senate Bill 478 by Senator Ferrell Haile, will be heard next week in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 24th at 12:30 pm CST.

Please contact the member of this committee before the committee meeting and ask them to vote YES on SB478. See below for their contact information, the background information, and supporting talking points.

Background:
Existing Tennessee law requires orders for home health services to be written by a physician; however, many Tennesseans, especially those in rural areas, see an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or physician assistant (PA) for their primary care needs.

The CARES Act, which was signed into law by President Trump, permanently changed federal law so that APRNs and PAs can now order home health services for their Medicare patients.

What does SB478/HB743 do?
The bill changes the definition of home health services to allow APRNs and PAs to order home health services for their patients, aligning Tennessee law with federal law. See the legislation here.

How will SB478/HB743 benefit Tennesseans?
The bill will ensure greater accessibility to home health services. The bill allows patients to choose who their provider is and does not force patients to establish new relationships with a provider they have never seen before to meet an administrative requirement.

The bill will eliminate a step in the authorization process, thus speeding up the process for approval, and improving access to home health care for patients. This will also speed up the time that it takes for home health providers to be paid for claims submitted. 

Senate Health Committee Member to Email:

Best Practices for Emailing Legislators:

  • Send a separate email to each Legislator.
  • Use the talking points but make sure to personalize the email.
  • Include your name, address, and that you are a NURSE!
  • Remember to ask for their vote: Please vote yes on SB478!

If you get feedback from a committee member, let TNA know here!

Don't forget to register for Nurses Day on the Hill that is just around the corner!