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AACN’s Legislative Work on APRN Advocacy

AACN Supports Efforts to Recognize APRNs to their Full Scope in the VHA
Along with our Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) colleagues and the Nursing Community, AACN signed letters that supported the efforts of the Veterans Administration (VA) to recognize APRNs as Full Practice providers in the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) Nursing Handbook.

AACN’s Regulatory Work on APRN Advocacy

AACN and APRN Colleagues Submit Comments to CMS on Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentives

APRN Workgroup Letter to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on MACRA and Payment Reforms

APRN Comment on HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 Proposed Rule

APRN Workgroup Letter to CMS on Learning and Action Network (LAN) Alternative Payment Model Framework Draft White Paper

AACN and APRN colleagues Submit Comments to  CMS on MACRA and MIPS

AACN and APRN Colleagues Submit Comments to CMS on 2016 Physician Fee Schedule

AACN Submits Comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC recently hosted a public workshop, Examining Health Care Competition, and invited public comment on the subjects discussed. AACN responded to this call for public input and submitted comments on  the professional regulation of healthcare providers. The comments commended the FTC for its work to protect the public through critical analysis of barriers to fair trade healthcare practices and to facilitate discussion on these issues through the workshop and public comment period. AACN supports the removal of barriers which prevent advanced practice registered nurses from practicing to the full extent of their education and training and limit competition in the healthcare arena.


APRN Evidence & Research

Promoting Health Care Competition through Regulatory Reform

FTC Staff Submit Comments to West Virginia Senate to Consider the Competitive Impact of Legislation Affecting Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments on the competitive impact of a legislative proposal to modify the supervision requirements imposed on APRNs in West Virginia, permitting some APRNs, under limited conditions, to write prescriptions without a formal agreement with a particular supervising physician.

Antitrust and the Future of Nursing: Federal Competition Policy and the Scope of Practice

The Federal Trade Commission Issues Recommendations on State Scope of Practice Legislation
Over the last three years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided recommendations concerning state scope of practice legislation. Each time the FTC has offered comments, they support APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. They recognize that the care provided by APRNs is safe, cost-effective and is essential for access to care.

March 11, 2014
Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
Federal Trade Commission

Reports and Articles on Promoting APRN Practice
Review the most current literature that supports APRN practice. Nationally recognized associations, respected news leaders, noted researchers, and evidenced based policy organizations weigh in.

APRN Additional Resources

American Association of Nurse Practitioners: NP Public Awareness Campaign

Consumer Reports: The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now

MSNBC: Millions are about to get health insurance. Will they get care?

National Samply Survey of Nurse Practitioners

Additional APRN Resources