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The New York State 2024-2025 budget includes legislation that extends until July 1, 2026 the independent practice authority for certain qualified nurse practitioners with over 3,600 practice hours. 

Our prior post on this topic provides additional details on which nurse practitioners qualify to practice independently, that is, without a written practice agreement or collaborative relationship with a physician. As noted, NPs must remain within the scope of their education and clinical practice area. NPs who do not have 3,600 practice hours must continue to maintain a written practice agreement and protocols with a licensed physician qualified to collaborate in the specialty involved.

Given the sunset date of July 1, 2026, it appears for now that the state legislature intends to revisit this provision every few years.

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