Why is it important today? This month, several bills were introduced on Capitol Hill aimed at eliminating the mandatory cooperation agreement and addressing some of NP`s major problems. There are several bills that will deal with PNs, such as the full prescription of Schedule II, the status of PCP in Medicaid and the signing authority, which allow us to sign documents on physical forms and forms that currently require a medical signature. As a professional group, we must be united and support our colleagues who have worked so hard to move these bills forward. Arkansas has a great chance to join 21 other states in the nation that have similarly removed these barriers to practice. Let`s move forward together and seize this opportunity! An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) with Prescriptive Authority must submit an updated Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) to the Board of Nursing. APRNs must keep their original CPA and send a copy (PDF) to the Arkansas Nurse Portal Message Center at the Arkansas State Board of Nursing (ASBN). The APRN is responsible for meeting this requirement. After checking a new CPA, the APRN is contacted via the Nurse portal, whether the CPA has been approved or refused, and the reason for its refusal. You must NOT practice under CPA until you have received a letter of authorization. A nurse with standardization power must be given a DEA registration number to prescribe controlled substances (schedule II – V).
Once the training is complete, the APRN must submit a copy of the EC, a new Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) to the ASBN with a language indicating that you are requesting the waiver of DATA and proof that your co-operative physician also has a DATA waiver. The ASBN will notify the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as soon as the criteria are met, and the DEA will then assign a special identification number to be included in all buprenorphine prescriptions for the treatment of opioid dependence. This is in addition to the APRN AED number.