AANP Federal Legislative Update
|April 15, 2013|
Administration Budget Maintains Nurse Education Funding in 2014
The administration’s proposal becomes the third part of negotiations between the House and Senate after each chamber passed a significantly different 2014 budget resolution in March. Those talks could include a “grand bargain” with tax and entitlement reforms as Congress prepares to face another vote on raising the national debt limit this summer.
AANP Urges House Committees to Adopt Quality-Based Medicare Payments
AANP used this opportunity to remind the committees that multiple barriers in current Medicare law drive up costs and interfere with quality patient care. The association pointed to requirements for physician certification of patient eligibility for home health service and some durable medical equipment as well as physicians conducting admission examinations and all routine visits in skilled nursing facilities as examples.
Leaders are optimistic that a Medicare payment reform bill will come to the House floor this summer before Congress adjourns for its August recess. The President’s fiscal year 2014 budget also calls for repealing the SGR payment formula.
Senate Could Vote Soon on Tavenner Nomination
Tavenner was applauded by members of both parties at last week’s committee hearing for her leadership of the agency while serving as its acting chief for more than a year. The bipartisan support in committee may smooth the way for a vote on her confirmation in the full Senate.
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