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APRN Scope of Practice
Amends various sections of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to enable advanced practice registered nurses to practice to the fullest extent of their training and education.
Replaces references to “advanced practice registered nurse recognition” with “advanced practice registered nurse licensure” to align Hawaii’s law with national standards.
HSCN Advisory Board
Amends the composition of the Center’s advisory board – decreases the number of members to nine, specifies the membership of the board, and clarifies term limits and appointments to the advisory board. Amends certain powers and duties of the advisory board.
Increases access to POLST by updating references from “PHYSICIAN orders for life-sustaining treatment” to “PROVIDER orders for life-sustaining treatment” throughout chapter 327K, HRS. Expands health care provider signatory authority to include APRNs. Corrects inconsistencies over terms used to describe who may sign a POLST form on behalf of a patient.
Requires reimbursement for services privded through telehealth to be equivalent to reimbursement for same services provided face-to-face. Clarifies that a telehealth provider includes primary care providers, mental health providers, and oral health providers such as physicians and osteopathic physicians, APRNs, psychologists, and dentists. Amends references to “telemedicine” in the Hawaii Revised Statutes to “telehealth” for consistency.