HB 322 is AN ACT adding rulemaking authority to require completion of a certain survey as part of the license renewal process for health care providers.

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HB 322 is AN ACT adding rulemaking authority to require completion of a certain survey as part of the license renewal process for health care providers.

History: This bill originated in the New Hampshire Primary Care Workforce Commission tasked with making recommendations to address the shortage of primary care providers in New Hampshire. Lack of reliable data has hindered the anticipation and reaction to health care shortages in New Hampshire. This lack of detailed data has particularly impacted nursing services.

This bill allows certain licensing boards to adopt rules to require those individuals applying for license renewal to complete a survey provided by the Office of Rural Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the survey is to collect data regarding the New Hampshire primary care workforce as part of the license renewal process. This bill does allow for individuals to opt-out from participation in the survey. This bill includes the Boards of Pharmacy, APRNs, LPNs, Physicians Assistants, Nursing, Medicine, Psychologists, Mental Health Practice, Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals.


NHNA’s Commission on Government Affairs is in favor of the passage of the HB 322, recognizing it is one of the recommendations of the workforce commission and will provide a valuable tool for  the BON and NHNA to anticipate and quantify looming nursing shortages.


A hearing on this bill was held on 2/22/17, Laurie Harding and Polly Campion spoke in favor of this bill, NHNA registered as in favor. Bill in Executive session on 3/1/17. On 3/2/17 From House Committee on Executive Departments & Administration bill ought to pass. On 3/8/17 this bill PASSED in the House and moved to the Senate. On 3/14/17 assigned to the Senate Committee on Executive Departments & Administration. On 5/4/17 the Committee on Executive Departments & Administration voted it ought to pass with amendment. On 5/11/17 the bill PASSED in the Senate and moved to the House for concurrence. On 5/18/17 the House concurred with the Senate amendment; the bill was ordered enrolled on 6/1/17, The Governor signed this bill on 6/16/17 (Chapter No. 2017-131).

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