- 2. Health Care Quality Act: HMO Law: P.L. 1997, c.192
Excerpt relevant to inclusion of APNs: “Health care provider means an individual or entity which, acting within the scope of its licensure or certification, provides a covered service defined by the health benefit’s plan. Health care provider includes but is not limited to, a physician and other health care professionals licensed pursuant to Title 45 of the Revised Statutes. “
(See Rules which implement this statute and spell out which APNs can be PCPs in accompanying document titled Regulations).
- 3. An Act Concerning Public School Pupils and Amending N.J.S.18A:40-4. Public Schools To Accept Physical Examinations Done By APNs: P.L. 1997, c. 48.
N.J.S.18A:40-4 is amended to read as follows: The medical inspector, or the nurse or
Licensed medical and health care personnel under the immediate direction of the medical inspector, shall examine every pupil to learn whether any physical defect exists, or in lieu thereof the medical inspector may accept the report of such an examination by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery within the State or by a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist certified by the New Jersey Board of Nursing working in collaboration with a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery within the State.
4. Two Amendments To Labor Laws Include APNs (both became law in 2004):
ü Working Paper Physicals: Section 8 of P.L.1940, c.153 (C.34:2-21.8) is amended to read as follows: (3) A statement of physical fitness, signed by a medical inspector employed by the applicable board of education, or any other physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery, or advanced practice nurse, setting forth that such minor has been thoroughly examined by such medical inspector, or such other physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery, or advanced practice nurse, that he either is physically fit for employment in occupations permitted for persons under 18 years of age, or is physically fit to be employed under certain limitations, specified in the statement.
ü Temporary Disability Claims: Limitation of benefits. Notwithstanding any other provision of the "Temporary Disability Benefits Law," P.L.1948, c.110 (C.43:21-25 et seq.), no benefits shall be payable under the State plan to any person (d) for any period during which the claimant is not under the care of a legally licensed physician, dentist, optometrist, podiatrist, practicing psychologist, advanced practice nurse, or chiropractor, who, when requested by the division, shall certify within the scope of the practitioner's practice, the disability of the claimant, the probable duration thereof, and, where applicable, the medical facts within the practitioner's knowledge;