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|Current Policy Issues|
This page includes announcements and updates on current issues that may be relevant to NP education, practice, and research.
VA PROPOSED RULE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS
The long-awaited proposed rule is out from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to amend its medical regulations to permit full practice authority of all VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRNS) when they are acting within the scope of their VA employment. The new policy would make it easier for the VA to increase access to care by fully staffing medical centers and cutting appointment wait times.
NONPF commends the VA on taking this important action. As well, NONPF recognizes the significant efforts by several nursing APRN organizations, notably the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, for their leadership and significant efforts in supporting and tracking the evolution of this proposed rule.
The deadline for comments on the proposed rule is July 25, 2016. View the proposed rule as published in the May 25 Federal Register. The FR announcement includes instructions on how to submit comments. Additional information is also available on www.VeteransAccessToCare.com.
The proposed rule has been supported on Capitol Hill in this statement from Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC).
2016 OPIOID USE DISORDER
NONPF is partnering with other nursing groups to develop an educational series that will support national efforts to combat opioid use disorder. Read the April 2016 release for details about this effort and the other nursing partners.
2015 WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING
As the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security are marked in 2015, the President delivered remarks at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. An array of topics concerning care and aging in America were presented at the conference. Click here to view a fact sheet of the topics and announcements covered at the July 13th conference.
NONPF ATTENDS WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING
President Obama addressed an audience of representatives from health professional organizations to promote the role of the US as an international leader in addressing the Ebola crisis in Africa.
NONPF recognizes that nurse practitioner educators and students are seeking the most current information about preparedness in treating patients with ebola. NONPF has organized an Ebola Resource Information page on the Web site where NP educators and students can find useful links to keep abreast of current information.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that Richard Kronick will be the next director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Kronick, currently the deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the Office of Health Policy, will replace departing Director Carolyn Clancy later this month. Previously the chief of the division of health care sciences at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine's department of family and preventive medicine, Kronick has also served as a senior adviser to former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and has been credited with developing much of the theory behind the Clinton administration's proposal for health care reform, particularly managed competition proposals.
MEDICARE HOME HEALTH
Before recessing for their August break, four more Representatives were added as cosponsors of H.R. 2504, the House version of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. The addition of Republican Lou Barletta (PA) and Democrats Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Ann Kuster (NH), and Jim McGovern (MA) brought the cosponsor total to 40 – 20 Republicans and 20 Democrats. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) also signed on as the second cosponsor of S. 1332, the Senate companion bill.
SCOPE OF PRACTICE LAWS
This handy resource will help you identify the current NP scope of practice laws.