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 legislative summary of the health care provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is available.

The following Issue Briefs were created for the 2020 AANP Health Policy Conference held March 8–10, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Passed in the CARES Act – Improve Medicare Patient Access to Home Health Services

Review the CMS Home Health Billing Guidance and the Home Health Interim Final Rule.

Improve Medicare Patient 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.

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.

ACOs Issue Brief

Improve Medicare Patient Access to Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

NPs are clinically trained to provide care to cardiac and pulmonary patients, however under current law, the NP must refer the patient to a physician to order cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services, and a physician must supervise these services until the BBA authorization for NPs supervision begins in 2024. See why Congress should expediate the BBA’s authorization for NPs to order and provide supervision beginning in 2020.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 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.

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.

Barriers 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.

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.

Medicare Hospice Services Issue Brief

Provide Federal Employees Timely Access to Health Care for Workplace Injuries

The Federal Employee’s Compensation Act requires that only a physician can make the diagnosis, certify the injury and extent of the disability, and oversee the patient’s treatment and care. See why AANP calls on Congress to introduce legislation to authorize NPs to provide care under FECA.

Health Care for Workplace Injuries Issue Brief

Federal Policy Priorities

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

Federal Policy Priorities