Polk County Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Federal Legislative Update from AANP‏ 12-2-2013

Posted almost 6 years ago by Michelle Rampersad

December 2, 2013  

AANP 2014 Health Policy Conference Registration Now Open
AANP invites you to join your colleagues at the 2014 Health Policy Conference, March 30 - April 1.  At this conference, participants will learn about the current health care policies, legislation and practice issues that are critical to advancing the nurse practitioner role.  Attendees will not only hear from those creating policy in Washington D.C., but on Tuesday, April 1, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with their Members of Congress and their staff to discuss the important role that nurse practitioners play in the health care system.  If you would like more information or would like to register for the conference, please use this link.

Improvement Made to HealthCare.gov
On Sunday, December 1, the Obama Administration announced that it achieved its goal of making HealthCare.gov work for the “vast majority” of users.  The administration released a report outlining its accomplishments to date which stated in part, “While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead.”  Healthcare.gov is expected to have heavy web traffic starting on Monday, December 2 through December 23, the date by which the millions of uninsured Americans must be enrolled in a plan in order to have coverage effective January 1, 2014.

CMS Releases 2014 Medicare Fee-For-Service Final Rule
On Wednesday, November 27, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a 1,369 page pre-publication version of the final 2014 Medicare Fee-For-Service regulations which can be found here.  Throughout the rulemaking process, AANP and other NP groups submitted comments on the proposed fee schedule rule.  Our comments emphasized, but were not limited to, the need to allow NPs to bill for chronic care management services.  Additionally, we urged CMS to require a modifier identifying the actual provider of the service under “incident-to” billing.  AANP is encouraged to see that CMS agreed to include NPs among the qualified professionals able to provide and bill for chronic care management services.  In regards to “incident-to” billing, CMS did not agree to require a modifier to identify the actual provider. AANP will continue to engage with CMS on these issues as comments are requested.

Your Voice
AANP’s Federal Health Policy Office has established a new email yourvoice@aanp.org to collect your stories and personal experiences with federal barriers to practice.  We urge you to share your stories with us as they help to create a compelling narrative on Capitol Hill.

As always, your federal team is here to answer your questions. Please feel free to contact any of us at FederalPolicy@aanp.org.

Federal Policy Team members:
MaryAnne Sapio, VP Federal Government Affairs
Debra Swan, Associate VP Federal Government Affairs
Jan Towers, Sr. Policy Advisor
Clark Princell, Director PAC & Grassroots

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