May Grand Rounds – The Expanding Role of Advanced Practice Providers in Hospitals: Has the Pandemic Opened the Floodgates?

May 3, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

In many states, Advanced Practice Providers, such as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, had their scope of practice expanded before the COVID-19 pandemic.  This expansion included explicit permission to practice independently after a designated period of supervision and to perform certain procedures that weren’t previously in their scope of practice.  When the pandemic hit, it laid bare the importance of and the need for Advanced Practice Providers in providing care in a hospital setting. Accordingly, federal and state entities waived several restrictions on the practices of Advanced Practice Providers to ensure that COVID patients (and other patients) received the care they needed.

During this audio conference, we will address the expanding role of Advanced Practice Providers, both through the lens of state scope of practice laws and federal and state waivers put into effect because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will also discuss methods to credential and privilege Advanced Practice Providers who are seeking to practice consistent with their expanding roles.  Finally, we will cover several ancillary topics on Advanced Practice Providers, including those related to EMTALA and liability.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Understand how federal and state governments have expanded the role of Advanced Practice Providers recently.
  • Articulate strategies for credentialing and privileging Advanced Practice Providers for hospital practice considering their expanded roles.
  • Understand the forces giving rise to a need for Advanced Practice Providers to deliver an increasing amount of care in a hospital setting.

Education Credit

Instructions on how to obtain your Continuing Education certificate for audio conferences will be e-mailed to the contact person for your organization at the conclusion of this audio conference.

Category 1 CME

Joint Provider Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and HortySpringer Seminars.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.  The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NAMSS Continuing Education Credit

This course has been approved for National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) continuing education credit and NAMSS hereby awards 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credits for participation in this activity.  Accreditation of this educational content in no way implies endorsement or sponsorship by NAMSS.

HortySpringer Audio Conference Disclaimer

The information presented during an audio conference and any supplementary materials provided to registrants are intended for educational and informational purposes only. Nothing contained therein is to be considered as the rendering of legal advice for specific cases or circumstances.

No one should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information presented during an audio conference without seeking the appropriate legal or other professional advice on the particular facts and circumstances at issue from a lawyer practicing as permitted by applicable laws, regulations or rules of professional conduct. No attorney-client relationship is formed by registration for an audio conference or the use of the supplementary materials.

About Grand Rounds

Designed for even the busiest hospital and medical staff leaders, registration for the year-long series is a quick and inexpensive way for Medical Staff Officers, members of the Medical Executive Committee, Department Chairs, Chairs of the Credentials and Peer Review Committees, and the Chairs of other key Medical Staff committees to have access to the most up-to-date health care information at their fingertips while obtaining valuable CME credits as well.

  • The audio conference series consists of twelve audio conferences spread over the course of the year (one AC/month)
  • Each audio conference is offered the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
  • Registration includes an MP3 containing the audio conference at no additional charge following each conference.
  • CME credit issued for live conference participation only.


To help your staff and medical professionals adhere to social distancing guidelines, we will waive the extra line fee for up to 3 additional lines so others in your organization are able to safely listen from their home or office.

Audio Conferences/Grand Rounds Registration: $250 and includes:

      • 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit*
      • 1.0 NAMSS continuing education credit*
      • One MP3 recording to share with your staff throughout the year.
      • Three phones lines. You may purchase additional lines for $50/line, per audio conference.

Can’t make the live audio conference? No problem! We offer single MP3 recordings for $250/each (Separate MP3 purchase does not qualify for CME credits. CMEs will only be given for live participation the day of the AC).

*Not all audio conferences will be approved for continuing medical education credits.

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