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2019 AANP Health Policy Conference

Be The Voice of the Nurse Practitioner® in Washington D.C.
2019 Health Policy Conference

February 3, 2019 – February 5, 2019 Washington, D.C., District of Columbia

Lend your voice and work to make a difference for your patients and for the NP role! Whether you're a seasoned NP advocate or a novice in the legislative area, this is a unique opportunity to learn, network and make a measurable difference.

Event Details
  • Why Attend?

    Lend your voice and work to make a difference for your patients and for the NP role! Whether you're a seasoned NP advocate or a novice in the legislative area, this is a unique opportunity to:

    • Earn continuing education (CE) credits.
    • Learn from government and industry experts as they discuss the priorities of Congress and the Administration and their potential impact on NPs and patients.
    • Develop skills and insight necessary to advocate effectively at the federal level.
    • Meet with your elected officials and staff on Capitol Hill to promote patient health through the elimination of federal barriers to practice.
    • Network with NPs from your area who are interested in creating advocacy coalitions.
  • 2019 Draft Agenda

    The 2019 draft agenda is listed below. Check back soon for the final version of the 2019 agenda.

    Print 2019 Draft Agenda

    Saturday, February 2

    4:30-6:30 p.m.: Registration

    Sunday, February 3

    7 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

    7:30 a.m.-8:20 a.m.: First-time Health Policy Attendees: What You Need to Know About Capitol Hill (1 contact hour)

    • Debra Swan, AANP Associate Vice President Federal Government Affairs
    • Jessica Talbert, AANP Director of Federal Advocacy

    8:20 a.m.-8:30 a.m.: Welcome Remarks and Introductions

    8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: AANP Government Affairs Update (1 contact hour)

    • MaryAnne Sapio, AANP Vice President Federal Government Affairs
    • Jan Towers, PhD, NP-C, CRNP, FAANP, AANP Senior Policy Advisor
    • Tay Kopanos, DNP, NP, AANP Vice President State Government Affairs

    9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Health Care Fraud (1 contact hour)

    • Lynn Rapsilber, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, FAANP

    10:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Networking Break and Unopposed Exhibit Time

    • Please visit our exhibitors

    10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Policy Issues Impacting Transgender Health (1 contact hour)

    • Paula Neira, JD, MSN, RN, CEN

    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.: Lunch

    1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.: Networking Break and Unopposed Exhibit Time

    • Please visit our exhibitors

    1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.: Impact of the Opioid Epidemic & Palliative Care (1 contact hour)

    • Marian Grant, DNP, CRNP (ACNP-BC), ACHPN, FPCN, RN

    2:15 p.m.: Adjournment

    • Free time in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, February 4

    7 a.m: Registration

    7 a.m.-8 a.m.: Networking Breakfast Within States (1 contact hour)

    8 a.m.-8:10 a.m.: Monday Morning Welcome

    8:10 a.m.-9:10 a.m.: CMS Update: MACRA (1 contact hour)

    • Jean D. Moody-Williams, RN, MPP, Group Director, Quality Improvement Group (QIG), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality

    9:10 a.m.-10:10 a.m.: Congressional Staff Panel (1 contact hour)

    • Panel members to be confirmed

    10:10 a.m.-11:10 a.m.: Federal Trade Commission Update (1 contact hour)

    • Tara Isa-Koslov, Interim Chief of Staff, Federal Trade Commission

    11:10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Networking Break and Unopposed Exhibit Time

    • Please visit our exhibitors

    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers on The Current Political and Legislative Environment (1 contact hour)

    • Charlie Cook

    12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Lunch and Non-CE Product Theater

    1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Rural Health Session (1 contact hour)

    • Danielle Pendergrast, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC
    • Carey Rivinius, FNP

    2:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Networking Break and Unopposed Exhibit Time

    • Please visit our exhibitors

    3 p.m.-4 p.m.: Fireside Chat with Mary Wakefield on the Importance of NPs in Primary Care (1 contact hour)

    • Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN

    4 p.m.-5 p.m. Telehealth Session (1 contact hour)

    • Kristi Henderson, DNP, NP-C, FAAN, FAEN

    5 p.m.: Adjournment

    Tuesday, February 5

    7 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast

    8 a.m.: Welcome to Capitol Hill Day

    8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: Final Preparation for Hill Visits (1 contact hour)

    Open Forum on Lobbying on Capitol Hill

    • AANP Federal Government Affairs Staff

    9:15 a.m.: Gather With State Attendees and Head to Capitol Hill

    10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Congressional Visits (2.5 contact hours)

    • Scheduled by AANP Federal Government Affairs Staff
      Attendees will be provided with their meeting agendas

    10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Congressional Visit Debriefing (1 contact hour)

    Room TBD

    • Debrief with AANP Federal Government Affairs Staff
  • Keynote Speaker

    Editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, Charlie Cook Jr. will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference.

    Cook has appeared frequently on “ABC World News Tonight,” “CBS Evening News,” “NBC Nightly News” and ABC’s “This Week.” Since the 1990s, he has appeared over a dozen times on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Over the years, Cook served as an election night analyst for CBS, CNN and NBC, and since 1996, he has appeared on the “NBC Election Night Decision Desk” in New York.

    In 1984, Cook founded the independent, non-partisan Cook Political Report. Now, with a staff of six, it is a publication that The New York Times once said was “a newsletter that both parties regard as authoritative,” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called it “the bible of the political community.” The late David Broder of The Washington Post, long considered “the Dean” of the Washington press corps, once wrote that Charlie Cook is “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races.”

    In 2010, Cook was the co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams Award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” In 2013, he served as a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

    On Monday, February 5, Cook’s keynote address will offer his insight into Washington politics, the midterm elections and how the legislative landscape is shaping up in the new Congress.

  • Rates & Registration

    As an AANP member, you can enjoy an exclusive conference rate!

    • AANP NP, Associate, Career Starter, Post Master’s Student or Retired Member Registration: $650.00
    • AANP Student Member Registration: $225.00

    Not an AANP member? You are welcome to attend at the non-member rate of $850.00.

    Registration includes all sessions, announced meals and attendee materials.

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    Conference attendee packets should be picked up from the Registration Desk no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2019. If you do not pick up your packet by that time, your congressional meetings will be canceled. If you need to make alternate arrangements for packet pick up, please contact AANP at 703-740-2529 or

  • Housing Information

    The Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill is just steps from our nation's capital, giving attendees easy access to Michelin-starred restaurants, Union Station, the National Mall and much more.

    All rooms in the AANP housing block are standard rooms at the special conference rate of $234.00 single/double occupancy, plus applicable state and local taxes and service or hotel-specific fees. This rate is available for standard rooms Saturday, February 2, 2019, through Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

    All reservations must be made by Thursday, January 10, 2019. You may reserve your room online or by calling 800-233-1234. Please indicate that you will be attending the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference. Reservations may be guaranteed with a major credit card. If you will be paying by check instead, a first night room deposit must be mailed to:

    Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
    ATTN: Reservations Department
    400 New Jersey Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20001

    NOTE: Please include the event name (2019 AANP Health Policy Conference) and your guest name on your check.

    Reservations must be cancelled 72 hours prior to your planned arrival by 3 p.m. ET to avoid a fee of one night's room rate plus taxes.

  • Washington National Airport (DCA)

    Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, commonly known as National Airport, is located in Arlington County, Virginia, about 4 miles from downtown Washington, and is the closest airport to downtown Washington and the inner suburbs. National Airport is the most convenient of the area airports for visitors staying in the heart of the city or the inner suburbs.

  • Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

    The 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference is where health policy leaders in the NP community gather to address issues of importance to NPs and their patients. Valued for its unique policy insights and Hill Day experience, this conference has sold out several years in a row.

    "The AANP Health Policy Conference brings policy experts together to increase awareness and provide insight on policy issues that impact the daily practice of NPs. The Health Policy Conference is an excellent way for NPs from across the United States to network, discuss policies and discover opportunities to remove barriers so that patients have full access to the high-quality care that NPs provide."

    – AANP President, Joyce M. Knestrick, PhD, C-FNP, FAANP

    What Attendees Value Most

    • Interacting with industry representatives and learning about their products and services
    • Listening to presentations by leading health policy authorities
    • Receiving up-to-the-minute health policy updates

    Conference Information

    • Conference Dates: February 3-5, 2019
    • Exhibit Dates: February 3-4, 2019
    • Venue: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

    Exhibitor & Sponsorship Information

    Limited spaces are available at this conference, which provides exhibitors a more focused opportunity to engage with attendees. The 2019 Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities Brochure includes the Exhibit Space Rules and Regulations and the Exhibit Space Application, along with available sponsorship opportunities.

    For questions about exhibits, please call 512-505-0238 or email

    For questions about sponsorships, please call 607-674-5768 or email

    Industry Sponsored Events

    Non-continuing education (non-CE) product theaters for the 2019 AANP Health Policy Conference are available, as are many other marketing opportunities. If you are interested in ways to connect with NPs and deliver your message to them during this important conference, please email, or contact Jill St.Pierre at 607-674-5768 or

    Key Contacts

    AANP Exhibit Management:
    c/o Meeting Management Associates, Inc.
    Sheri James

    AANP Sponsorship & Product Theater Management:
    c/o Meeting Management Associates, Inc.
    Jill St.Pierre

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