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AACN Commends Legislation Permitting APRNs to Certify Home Health Services

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On June 26, 2013, Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) and Representative Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced H.R. 2504, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013. The bill would allow nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, as well as physician assistants to certify home health services for Medicare beneficiaries. AACN sent letters to Reps. Walden and Schwartz in support of this legislation to ensure patients receive these services in a timely manner.