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Nurse Practitioners Rally Around Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

AANP Announces Full Support for Legislation

AUSTIN, TX (June 28, 2013)
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners in the nation, announces its full support for the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013, introduced this week by Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR.) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA.) and 20 other initial co-sponsors.

According to AANP, the bipartisan legislation will help to ensure that seniors and disabled citizens have timely access to home health services under Medicare. The organization points to these patients as the ultimate beneficiary of the high-quality, cost-effective, personalized and patient-centered care provided by nurse practitioners (NPs) – providers that are essential to meeting the crucial health care needs of this fragile population.

"Patients will be better served, ordering services will be more efficient, and administrative costs will be minimized under this legislation," said Lori Martin-Plank, PhD, CRNP, FAANP, who serves as the AANP State Representative for Pennsylvania. "We thank Representatives Schwartz and Walden on behalf of nurse practitioners and our patients."

"Nurse practitioners serve as primary care providers for Medicare recipients all throughout this country," said Angela Golden, RN, DNP, FNP-C, FAANP, co-president of AANP. "It is unacceptable that when these patients need home health, they currently must waste time and tax-payer dollars seeking the opinions of other providers with whom they have no clinical relationship. This has to change."

"Nurse practitioners are highly educated, highly trained clinicians who have been proven to provide patients with primary health care that is equal to and sometimes better than the services of physicians," said Kenneth Miller, PhD, RN, CFNP, FAAN, co-president of AANP. "They are ready, willing and able to fill this critical role."

In its landmark 2010 report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called on Congress to remove barriers that restrict Advanced Practice Nurses from providing the full scope of services available to Medicare patients. "The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act is a major step toward this goal," said AANP Chief Executive Officer David Hebert, JD.




The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for NPs of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation's 167,000 NPs, including more than 46,000 individual members and 190 groups, providing a unified networking platform and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care.

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