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Nurse Practitioners Applaud Introduction of the Home Health Care Planning & Improvement Act of 2015

AUSTIN, TX (February 26, 2015) – The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest full service professional organization representing the more than 205,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S., applauds Senators Collins (R-ME) and Schumer (D-NY) for introducing S.578, the Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015. This legislation, once enacted, will have an immediate impact on the quality of life and timeliness of care for Medicare patients by allowing NPs to certify home health care orders.

NPs play an important role in managing and delivering health care to Americans, especially as the Medicare population increases. NPs have demonstrated the ability to deliver safe, cost-effective, and responsible care to the patients they serve. They have expert knowledge that allows them to provide high-level assessments of patient needs and recognize when additional care, such as home health care, is necessary. NPs are recognized under state laws and regulations that allow them to complete and sign physical examination forms and other medical certification documents. Under current law, however, NPs with patients who need home health care services must locate a physician who will document the NP's assessment for this care.

Enactment of the S. 578 Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act of 2015 will make it possible for NPs to provide the required certification for Medicare patients under their care. Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for beneficiaries who need home health care services.

Again, AANP applauds Senators Collins and Schumer for taking this important first legislative step toward improving patients' lives and pledges our continued support for swift action this year.


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 more than 205,000 NPs, including approximately 57,500 individual members and 200 organizations, 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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