Nurses Gain New Practice Options
Governor Quinn Signs Law expanding APN Scope of Practice
CHICAGO - In an ongoing effort to ensure that Illinois residents have access to the health care
they need, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 1052, a measure to clarify and expand the role of
advance practice nurses (APNs) in Illinois. Under the new law, these health care professionals
will have more options to practice primary health care, and treat patients. The law prohibits
certain limitations on what a written collaborative agreement between a physician and an APN
"This law reflects the growing respect of APNs among the health care community and the public
they serve," said Manuel Flores, Acting Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
"Removing artificial barriers will ensure these professionals can provide vital care including
treating minor illnesses, prescribing and dispensing necessary medicines, and conducting
The Act changes the statutory relationship between physicians and APNs with whom they have
collaborative agreements by prohibiting those agreements from restricting 1) the categories of
patients an APN may treat; 2) the third party payers or government health programs payment to
an APN or PA and 3) the geographical area of practice within Illinois.
The new law, sponsored by State Representative John E. Bradley (D-Marion) and State Senator
Heather Steans (D-Chicago), takes effect on January 1, 2014.
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