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New York RNFA Bill Moving; Montana Bill Effective July 1

Publish Date: November 16, 2011

New York’s RNFA reimbursement bill was reported out of the Senate Insurance Committee on Wednesday, June 1 without any opposition votes in attendance. Marlene Craden and Pat Gussey, AORN state legislative coordinators for New York, along with grassroots support from AORN Government Affairs, have been working very hard to keep this RNFA reimbursement bill moving. NY Senate bill 4138 would require private payers to provide reimbursement for registered nurse first assistants certified in operating room nursing for surgical first assistant services if the insurance policy otherwise provides reimbursement for surgical first assistant services. A similar bill currently sits in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. If the bill passes, New York would join the 15 other states that currently require reimbursement parity for RNFAs: Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington and West Virginia.

On July 1, 2011, Montana will become the sixteenth state requiring third party reimbursement for surgical first assistant services performed by a registered nurse first assistant. Thanks to the hard work of AORN state legislative coordinator Keith Keierleber, Montana’s governor signed a RNFA reimbursement bill on April 14, 2011. Effective July 1, 2011, registered nurse first assistants in Montana will be eligible for payment for performing surgical first assistant services.

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