Federal Issue Briefs

Informing NPs on Health Policy, Sharing the NP Perspective

Your voice matters—not just to your patients, but also to health care leaders and legislators on Capitol Hill. AANP is committed to amplifying your voice by offering information and tools that empower you to share your unique perspective and expertise as an NP directly with policymakers.

The following Issue Briefs were created for the 2018 AANP Health Policy Conference held February 4–6, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Comparison Between HR 1628 as Passed by House of Representatives and Amendment by Senators Graham, Cassidy, Heller and Johnson

There are a number of differences between the two versions of HR 1628. Review both versions and how they address Medicaid, insurance, taxes and more.

HR 1628 Comparison Issue Brief

Health Care Reform in the 115th Congress

As Congress considers changes to the health care system, NPs request that any reform or replacement legislation include a number of considerations. Read the request to promote patient-centered health care.

Health Care Reform in the 115th Congress Issue Brief

Improve Medicare Patients’ Access to Home Health Care

NPs are currently unable to document face-to-face patient assessments and certify home health care plans of care for their patients. Learn why AANP calls on Congress to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

Improve Medicare Patients’ Access to Home Health Care Issue Brief

Improve Medicare Patients’ Access to Needed Diabetic Shoes

NPs must currently send their diabetic patients who need therapeutic shoes to a physician to certify that need. See why AANP calls on Congress to support improving diabetic patients’ access to NP care.

Improve Medicare Patients’ Access to Needed Diabetic Shoes Issue Brief

Recognize Nurse Practitioner Practices as Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Medicare beneficiaries who receive their primary care services from NPs are currently prevented from being assigned to ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings program. Discover why AANP calls on Congress to improve the way beneficiaries are assigned under this program.

Recognize NP Practices as Medicare Shared Savings ACOs Issue Brief

Improve Patient Access to Medicare Skilled Nursing Care

For more than 25 years, NPs have been authorized to provide Medicare services to residents of long-term care facilities. Explore why NPs should be authorized to perform admitting examinations and monthly patient assessments in skilled nursing facilities.

Improve Patient Access to Medicare Skilled Nursing Care Issue Brief

Remove Barriers to Nurse Practitioners’ Ability to Practice

NPs are limited in their ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training in many instances. Learn why AANP calls on Congress and CMS to update and revise statutes and regulations to ensure patient access to NP services.

Remove Barriers to NPs’ Ability to Practice Issue Brief

Enable Nurse Practitioners to Participate Fully as Members of Hospital Medical Staffs

While NPs may currently be considered for appointment to medical staffs and granting of clinical privileges, they are not ensured objective, timely evaluation or the right to appeal. See why AANP supports legislation to reform the Medicare statute and hospital conditions of participation to provide non-discriminatory guidance for evaluation.

Enable NPs to Participate Fully as Members of Hospital Medical Staffs Issue Brief

Improve Patient Access to Medicare Hospice Services

NPs are currently still unable to provide the initial certification of patients for hospice care. Discover why AANP urges Congress to remedy this problem and improve Medicare beneficiaries’ access to hospice care.

Improve Patient Access to Medicare Hospice Services Issue Brief

Federal Policy Priorities

Learn AANP’s 2018 Federal Policy Priorities, shaped by clinical experience and informed by evidence from members and stakeholders alike.

Federal Policy Priorities