Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

West Virginia  Government Affairs

State Coordinator

James Bowers; Dawn Yost
(304) 598-0156; (304)292-1767

Regional Coordinator

Bonnie Vencill
(804) 526-3704

RN Circulator Laws and Language

Hospital: That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding there to a new section, designated §30 7 19, to read as follows: ARTICLE 7. REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES. §30 7 19. Circulating registered nurses. A registered nurse as defined in this article, qualified by education, licensed, and experienced in operating room nursing, shall be present as a circulating nurse in each operating room in a hospital, or ambulatory surgical center as defined by section one, article five-b, chapter sixteen of this code, during operative procedures
ASC: That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding there to a new section, designated §30 7 19, to read as follows: ARTICLE 7. REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL NURSES. §30 7 19. Circulating registered nurses. A registered nurse as defined in this article, qualified by education, licensed, and experienced in operating room nursing, shall be present as a circulating nurse in each operating room in a hospital, or ambulatory surgical center as defined by section one, article five-b, chapter sixteen of this code, during operative procedures

Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFAs)

Reimbursement:  (Medicaid Only) West Virginia Code, Chapter 9, Article 4B, 9-4B-4 (c) Nothing in this section gives the board the authority to interfere with the discretion and judgment given to the single state agency that administers the state's medicaid program. If the single state agency disapproves the recommendations or adjustments to the fee schedule, it is expressly authorized to make any modifications to fee schedules as are necessary to ensure that total financial requirements of the agency for the current fiscal year with respect to the state's medicaid plan are met and shall report the same to the joint committee on government and finance on a quarterly basis: Provided, That the single state agency shall provide reimbursement for the services of a registered nurse first assistant which reimbursement shall be no less than thirteen and six tenths of one percent of the rate for a surgeon physician. The purpose of the board is to assist and enhance the role of the single state agency in carrying out its mandate by acting as a means of communication between the medicaid provider community and the agency.
Definition:  West Virginia Code - Chapter 9 Human Services. Article 4B Physician/Medical Practitioner Provider Medicaid Act. 9-4B-1 Definitions. (f) "Registered nurse first assistant" means one who: (1) Holds a current active registered nurse licensure; (2) Is certified in perioperative nursing; and (3) Has successfully completed and holds a degree or certificate from a recognized program which consists of:
Scope:  None

Legislative Tracking

WV H 2250 — 2013 Loan Forgiveness Program for Nurses
Would provide a loan forgiveness program for nurses, social workers, dentists and hygienists
Comments
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB2250%20intr.htm&yr=2014&sesstype=RS&i=2250 
Sponsor(s):
Marshall (D) 
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Status:
Failed -Adjourned  
WV H 2271 — 2014 Retaining Nurse Educators
Would provide a tax credit of up to $3,500 for full-time nurse educators in the state
Comments
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB2271%20intr.htm&yr=2014&sesstype=RS&i=2271 
Sponsor(s):
Skaff (D) 
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Status:
Failed -Adjourned  
WV H 4326 — 2014 Nursing Education Faculty
Would provide income tax incentives for nurse educators to remain in the state
Comments
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=hb4326%20intr.htm&yr=2014&sesstype=RS&i=4326 
Sponsor(s):
Campbell 
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Status:
Failed -Adjourned  
WV HB 4188 — 2014 Updating the authority and responsibility of the Center for Nursing
Codifying Nursing Scholarship Program; modifying program administration; specifying program criteria, eligibility and awards; specifying recipient service or repayment requirement; continuing the Center for Nursing Fund special revenue account
Comments
http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bills_text.cfm?billdoc=HB4188%20SUB.htm&yr=2014&sesstype=RS&i=4188 
Sponsor(s):
Perdue 
General Topic:
Education Funding 
Status:
03/20/2014: Signed by Governor 

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