New York State Collaborative Practice Agreement

As a healthcare provider in New York State, it is important to understand the new collaborative practice agreement (CPA) requirements that were introduced in 2016. Collaborative practice agreements are legal agreements between physicians and advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, that allow them to work together to provide high-quality care to patients.

Under the new CPA rules, all advanced practice providers in New York State must have a CPA with a collaborating physician in order to practice. This requirement is designed to ensure that patients receive comprehensive and coordinated care from qualified professionals.

One of the key benefits of collaborative practice agreements is that they allow advanced practice providers to work more independently and take on more responsibilities in patient care. However, it is important to note that the scope of practice for advanced practice providers is still determined by their education and training, as well as their individual CPA.

In order to establish a collaborative practice agreement, the advanced practice provider must identify a collaborating physician who is licensed to practice in the same specialty or subspecialty as the advanced practice provider. The provider and physician must then enter into a written agreement that outlines the services the advanced practice provider will provide under the physician’s supervision.

The new CPA rules also require advanced practice providers to maintain a collaborative relationship with their supervising physician, which includes regular communication and consultation on patient care. In addition, the law stipulates that the supervising physician must be available for consultation and must maintain a regular presence in the practice setting.

It is important to note that the new CPA rules do not apply to advanced practice providers who are employed by hospitals or other healthcare organizations, as these providers are already subject to collaborative practice requirements under their employment agreements.

In conclusion, the new collaborative practice agreement requirements in New York State are designed to ensure that patients receive high-quality care from qualified providers. As a healthcare provider, it is important to understand these requirements and to work collaboratively with other professionals in order to provide the best possible care to patients.