New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a law allowing NPs to practice without physician supervision, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida and New York.
- Florida: USF Tampa General Physicians on Friday appointed Mark Moseley as its first president, effective April 11. The group was formed in January by Tampa General Hospital and the University of South Florida Health. "Dr. Moseley is the natural choice to become the inaugural leader of our new organization, one of the state's largest academic medical groups," said John Couris, president and CEO of Tampa General. "Under Dr. Moseley's leadership, our physician groups will be more strategically aligned, allowing for enhanced collaboration between our organizations as well as our private practice physicians. Together, we will be able to increase access, improve quality and decrease costs for our patients, ultimately benefiting the Tampa Bay community, the state and beyond." (Gleeson, Becker's Hospital Review, 4/8)
- New York: Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a law that gives NPs the ability to practice independently, with no supervision by a physician. New York joins 25 states, the District of Columbia, and two U.S. territories that have given full practice authority to NPs. According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), full practice authority is "the authorization of NPs to evaluate patients, diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, initiate and manage treatments, and prescribe medications under the exclusive licensure authority of the state board of nursing." Under the legislation, "New York has taken a critical step forward in our country, increasing access to vital health care services," said April Kapu, president of AANP. "New Yorkers will now have full and direct access to the comprehensive care NPs provide." (Japsen, Forbes, 4/11)
- New York: The office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus. "This morning, Mayor Adams woke up with a raspy voice and, out of an abundance of caution, took a PCR test that has now come back positive," the statement said. "At this time, the mayor has no other symptoms, but he is already isolating and will be canceling all public events for the remainder of the week." (Saric, Axios, 4/10)