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News & Press: Federal Action Alert

ANA Urges Members to Act in Support of Pending Medicare Legislation

Sunday, April 12, 2015  
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Please take a moment to respond to this federal action alert that has important implications for all advanced practice nurses including allowing APRNs to order durable medical equipment and document the required face to face encounter.

Action is required before April 15, 2015. 

Before the Congress adjourned for recess, the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 with a vote of 392-37. The fate of the bill is now in the hands of the Senate, and time is of the essence - they need to act by April 15th to avoid looming Medicare provider cuts.

Please contact your Senators today and ask them to Support H.R.2!

If enacted this bipartisan, ANA supported bill would:
•  Replace the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for
   provider reimbursement with an improved payment system that rewards
   quality, efficiency, and innovation. •  Include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse
   specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists in the new Merit-Based
   Incentive Payment System.
•  Remove a barrier to practice in Medicare, allowing APRNs to order durable
   medical equipment and document the required face to face encounter.

•  Reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program for 2 years.
•  Provide 2 years of desperately needed funding to community health centers.

The Senate returns from recess in a few days, and must act fast - there's a lot at stake.

ANA Government Affairs

 

   

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