Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH): NPATCH Recommendations

NPATCH has the statutory authority to review and analyze a variety of issues, and can make recommendations to three entities:

  • State Board of Nursing
  • Colorado Medical Board
  • Executive Director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies.

While NPATCH members can choose which topics they want to address within their statutory authority; consumers, advocacy groups, regulatory boards, and state Executive Branch agencies also can submit topics for NPATCH consideration. Factors considered when NPATCH selects a topic for review include:

  • how significantly the topic affects healthcare consumers;
  • level of interest in the physician and nurse communities;
  • how the the topic addresses the interaction of nursing and medicine;
  • whether the issue is consistent with the NPATCH statutory authority.  

Since its creation in 2009, the NPATCH has made the following recommendations: