Governor Ralph Northam, MD has signed HB 793, which as a result of MSV lobbying efforts came out of the Senate with provisions that greatly increased the time required for NPs to apply for independent practice (5 years/10,000 hours). We were disappointed that Governor Northam signed the bill without a requested amendment to codify an important patient safety requirement that NPs who practice with a physician for five years must practice with a physician who is in the same primary care or specialty care practice area. The process is not over, regulations must still be flushed out and approved by the Board of Medicine. It is critical for physicians to stay active and participate throughout the process. We will continue to keep you up to date, as we prepare for the regulatory process.
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MSV tracked over 350 bills during the 2018 GA session.
MSV actively worked to amend nearly 100 bills, making them more amenable to the physician community.
HB 139 will allow physicians who are under review to be credentialed by a health plan to see patients and retroactively receive payments if they are ultimately credentialed.
Practice managers estimate this policy change could result in increased revenue from $100,000 to $200,000 for a fiscal year. Based on conservative analysis, a physician awaiting credentialing who is now able to treat and properly get reimbursed could result in $1,000 revenue per day during the credentialing period.
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