This week represents a good opportunity to meet with your members of Congress while they are in their states and districts during the July 4th in-district work period. AANP encourages you to schedule a meeting with your representative and senators or attend a Town Hall Meeting, should that be on their schedule. Please urge them to cosponsor key pieces of nurse practitioner (NP) legislation, and if any of your congressional members have already signed on as a cosponsor, thank them for their support.
It is important to share the impact federal barriers to NP practice have on your practice and your patients. If a meeting isn’t possible, you can still advocate for your profession by sending letters available on the AANP Advocacy Center. Both the House and Senate will return to Washington D.C. early next week and will have a robust schedule until their next recess in August.
Your work makes a difference in the lives of your patients, and your voice is making a difference as you effect change in Washington D.C. Visit the AANP Advocacy Center to encourage members of Congress to:
Authorize NPs to Certify Their Patients' Eligibility for Home Health Services.
Support Improved Medicare Patient Access to Needed Diabetic Shoes.
Authorize NP Patient Inclusion in Shared Savings ACOs.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Webinar
As AANP has previously noted, CMMI announced the creation of new primary care-focused payment models with a goal start date of January 2020. CMMI is hosting a webinar on one of these new payment models, the Primary Care First Model Option—Seriously Ill Population, on July 10, 2019. Learn more about the webinar.