Alliance Testifies on Nurse Delegation

One of the Alliance’s highest legislative priorities, Senate Bill 860, An Act Relative to Home Health Aides, came before the Joint Committee on Public Health for a hearing on July 28. A coalition of home health agencies and supporting organizations attended to comment favorably on the bill, which is aimed at refining the state’s Nurse Practice Act (NPA) to allow the administration of certain medications to a home health patient by a trained and certified home health aide.

Home Care Alliance Board President and Executive Director of Hebrew Senior-Life Home Health Care  Patricia O’Brien submitted testimony, which you can view by clicking here.

O’Brien was joined by Norwell VNA Executive Director Meg Doherty, Stoughton VNA Executive Director Lisa Parent, and VNA of Boston Home Health Aide Manager Margo Bourne. The bill’s sponsor, Senator Richard T. Moore, came to speak in support of the bill as did Mass Home Care, the Massachusetts Council of Home Care Aides, and the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts.

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