Congress Returns To Washington-AANP Legislative Updates

Congress Returns to Washington
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We are asking you to continue keeping the momentum going by reaching out to your Members of Congress and urging them to cosponsor H.R. 1825/S.445, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act. Additionally, as previously reported in the Government Affairs Update, H.R. 6, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, passed the House, and your outreach is needed to urge your Senators to support Section 3003 of H.R. 6. This section makes permanent the authorization, originally granted in CARA, for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication assisted treatments (MATs). Section 3003 also authorizes CNMs, CNSs and CRNAs to prescribe MATs for a five-year period. We ask that you use the AANP Advocacy Center to send letters to your Senators urging them to support a permanent authorization for NPs to prescribe MATs and asking that it be included in the final legislative package.

In addition to the above-mentioned legislation, we encourage you to send letters to your Members of Congress and urge them to support these key legislative issues impacting NP practice.

NP Preceptor Parity
We have received significant feedback on the need for CMS to enact documentation and reimbursement parity among NP preceptors and NP students and teaching physicians and medical students. AANP and other stakeholders recently met with CMS to discuss this issue, and we will be providing detailed recommendations on this topic in our comments on the 2019 Fee Schedule proposed rule. If you are impacted by this issue, please let AANP know by emailing regulations@aanp.org so that we can use that information in future discussions with the Agency.


As always, your Federal and State Government Affairs teams are available to answer any questions. Please feel free to contact us at governmentaffairs@aanp.org or statepolicy@aanp.org.

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