Publish Date: March 18, 2014
In April 2013 Pennsylvania State Senator Patricia Vance introduced Senate Bill 846, which would guarantee that registered nurse first assistants are eligible for the same reimbursement already being provided to other non-physician providers of surgical first assistant services. First assistants work in collaboration with the surgeon and other health care team members to achieve optimal patient outcomes. However, reimbursement for first assistant at surgery services provided by registered nurses is often denied. SB 846 defines the RNFA as a licensed registered nurse that holds an active CNOR certification and has successfully completed an RNFA program.
Senate Bill 846 was referred to the Banking and Insurance Committee last spring, but it has not been added to the agenda yet. AORN is encouraging RNFAs in Pennsylvania to contact Senator Donald White, Chair of the Banking and Insurance Committee, to ask him to put SB 846 on the agenda.