Keep the Health Care Team Together in PA

There are currently two legislative proposals opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) — House Bill 756 and Senate Bill 717 — that would grant certified registered nurse practitioners (CRNPs) the ability to practice independently in Pennsylvania.

PAMED believes this would jeopardize patient safety and fragment the health care team, and is leading statewide efforts to maintain physician-led, team-based care in Pennsylvania.

This is the key message that PAMED and its physician leaders will be taking to the state Capitol on Oct. 22 for a hearing on HB 765 before the House Professional Licensure Committee.

CRNPs are actively asking legislators to support their independent practice. Don’t let their voices be the only ones heard. Tell your state lawmakers to oppose HB 765 and SB 717.

Legislators need to hear from physicians about how this legislation will negatively impact patients. The collaborative agreement is not an arbitrary safeguard; it exists to ensure that patients have direct access to a physician when their care requires a more highly trained professional. Eliminating the collaboration requirement runs contrary to providing effective team-based care and will jeopardize patient safety.


  • Keep the Team: FAQ on the Requirements for Collaboration Keep the Team
  • Top 7 Reasons to Oppose CRNP Independent Practice 
  • Letter from PAMED to the Pennsylvania Legislature in Opposition to CRNP Independent Licensure – January 2015