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AANP's response to AAP release on Retail-Based Clinics

AUSTIN, TX (March 6, 2014) It is unfortunate that the American Academy of Pediatrics continues to oppose patient access to safe, convenient and affordable care. At a time when our nation is searching for ways to meet growing health care needs and bring down health care costs, our patients need all providers working together to improve health care. Instead of opposing retail based clinics, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) has taken a different approach. We are engaging in proactive dialog with the Convenient Care Association on issues that matter to patients, primary care providers and the retail-based clinic community. Singling out and opposing retail based clinics is not going to solve the health care system's need for coordinated care or access—especially when most of the retail based clinics already have policies that require communication with a patient's primary care provider. Investing efforts toward creating mechanisms that improve community-wide health record integration, expanding state immunization registry programs, advancing affordable options and increasing appointment availability are endeavors that have the promise of real improvements for patients and can further coordinated care across multiple settings.

AANP advocates for the evidenced-based, high-quality care – including pediatric care – provided by nurse practitioners (NPs) in all health care settings, including retail health clinics and NP-led medical homes. The National Committee for Quality Assurance, The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, The Utilization Review Accreditation Committee, and the Joint Commission recognize NPs as leaders of medical homes. AANP believes that health care will work best when providers work to the top of their education and when patients have access to the provider of their choice. AANP supports patient-centered, accessible, high-quality health care.




The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation's 189,000 NPs, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. 

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