November 2019 – As we enter the holiday season I cannot stop thinking about the upcoming 2020 primary elections. I am hoping that more women will enter a race and successfully gain NOT ONLY A SEAT but an achievable and sustainable space that will benefit our present, tomorrow and future. Women face a myriad of barriers in the private and non-profit sectors. Black women espeicially face resistance, discrimination, social stereotypes, and double standards – so how do we address this and move forward? Women are the change agents and we don’t need permission to run for public office, appointed commissions and/or executive board positions. I am encouraging for more women to step up and step out from your comfort silos and stop adhering to the rigid environment that stifles your ability to grow and change the landscape called the NORM.
On February 3-5 – Moore On Health had the pleasure to join over 300 other Nurse Practitioners in Washington D.C at the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference. During the conference we heard from policy and legislative strategy experts on issues limiting access to care. Every day, we should be working to create positive changes to the health care system, eradicating antiquated regulatory process and increasing direct access to care for the community at large.
Presently our federal legislative policy priorities are:
Authorize NPs to Certify Patient Eligibility for Medicare and Medicare Home Health Services
Authorize the assignment of NP patients to Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
Ensure Patients with Diabetes Have Timely Access to Therapeutic Shoes
Authorize NPs to Certify Medicare Patients for Hospice Care
Authorize NPs to Perform Admitting Examinations and All Required Patients Assessments in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
AANP supports legislation and regulatory changes which removes barriers to practice so that NPs can practice to their full scope, ensuring that patients have access to these much needed high quality, cost effective, health care services. NPs are a critical part of the solution to our nation’s health care needs.
Question: How are our advocating to strength the NP profession and increases full and direct access to care?
If you did not attend the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference you can still participate and help eradicate antiquated process that creates barriers to practice.
Ask your Senators to cosponsor Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296) – Click HERE
Ask your Members of Congress cosponsor S. 237/H.R. 808 which would authorize nurse practitioners (NPs) to certify their patient’s need for therapeutic shoes. – Click HERE
Encourage Members of Congress to Cosponsor H.R. 900 to Allow NP Patients to be Counted in ACOs – Click HERE
As nurse leaders, NPs must be involved in health policy. The NPs who advocate for major health policies can influence countless people throughout their state and the nation, depending on the level of the health policy.
Involvement in health policy is the most important role an NP can have in impacting positive change in health care that will benefit multiple generations of patients across institutions, states, the nation, and even globally.
February 2018 – Moore On Health attended the 2018 AANP Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C. and looking forward to the 2019 conference. There are over 230,000 Nurse Practitioners in the United States and each one of us should be a member of a local and/or national organization that supports, advocates and strengthens our advanced practice registered nursing profession. Nurse practitioners (NPs) have the clinical expertise and the educational background to advocate for the health care community at large. NPs are on the front lines of health care and can relate personal experiences regarding how legislation can impact our patients. If you are not a member of a local and/or national organization, then allow me to encourage you to join one TODAY!
Be Brave Be Bold but Be Kind as we stand up to eradicate the unnecessary barriers preventing full direct access to care.
Every NP must be involved in health policy at some level. Our job is not only in the hospital, clinic, home visit or classroom. We also have a duty to provide impactful positive change in health care that will benefit multiple generations. We are leaders in the nursing profession on the front lines delivering evidence based practice care, but together we can significantly improve the health of patients through our involvement on health care policies. Let us not struggle with who’s at the table but make the table large for all APRNs. One Voice One Profession One Mission – full direct access to care for the community at large.
The federal policies that we urged the 115th Congress to improve patient access to less costly, more efficient health care, by taking action to address the following priorities:
Cosponsor S. 445/H.R. 1825 to Amend Title XVIII of Social Security Act to Ensure Moe Timely Access to Home Health Services for Medicare Beneficiaries Under the Medicare Program. This Legislation Would Authorize Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to Certify Patient Eligibility for Medicare Home Health Services.
Cosponsor H.R. 1160 to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under the Medicare shared saving program. This legislation would allow the assignment of Nurse Practitioner patients to Medicare shared saving ACOs.
Cosponsor H.R. 1617 to Ensure Diabetic Patient’s Access to Therapeutic Shoes
We encourage Congress to craft legislation that: protects patient choice by ensuring that health care delivered by Nurse Practitioner is covered by insurance and other healthcare options. We have more than 50 years of peer-reviewed, independent research showing Nurse Practitioners to be safe and cost-effective clinicians, with patient outcomes that are similar and sometimes better than those of physicians.