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RNFA Reimbursement Bill Introduced in Pennsylvania

Publish Date: April 25, 2013

A Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) reimbursement bill, Senate Bill 846, has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Patricia Vance. The bill will require an insurance company to directly reimburse an RNFA who assists a surgeon during surgery.

In a memo from Senator Vance, she notes that this legislation is needed because in the past, residents provided this service, but due to changes in federal funding for residency programs, as well as efforts to limit the hours residents are on duty, RNFAs are increasingly being used. Vance also explains that RNFAs are “able to provide cost-effective care without compromising patient safety or quality of care.”

SB 846 defines the RNFA as a licensed registered nurse that holds an active CNOR certification and has successfully completed an RNFA program.

Pennsylvania joins Alabama, Massachusetts, Michigan and New York in considering RNFA reimbursement legislation this 2013 legislative session.