Home Health – Action Alert

This Action Alert comes from the American College of Nurse Practitioners:

Support H.R.4993/S.2814, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2010

Now is the time for you to put Policy into Action as an advocate to ensure positive policy change for NPs and their patients.

H.R. 4993 / S. 2814, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2010, as introduced by Representative Allyson Schwartz in the House of Representatives and Senator Susan Collins in the Senate, recognizes and authorizes nurse practitioners as eligible health care professionals who can order home health services under Medicare, ensuring that Medicare patients requiring these services receive optimal continuity of care.

ACNP members have long identified the ability to order home care as a Public Policy Agenda priority for nurse practitioners.  The 2010 Public Policy agenda states, “Recognize nurse practitioner’s authority to order home health and hospice services and to admit patients to skilled nursing facilities.”

Representative Schwartz (PA) and Senator Collins (ME) have taken the initial step by introducing this bill.  Now is the time for you to put Policy into Action by urging your Representative and Senator to support and co-sponsor this legislation.

Rep Schwartz has a goal of 100 co-sponsors by the end of summer (currently there are 50).  NPs who have long expressed frustration about this barrier now must accept the challenge to take action to ensure this critical policy change for NPs and their patients.

Ask YOUR Representative and Senators to COSPONSOR H.R. 4993 / S. 2814, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2010.  If you do not know who your Representative and Senators are, please visit www.house.gov and www.senate.gov, respectively.  Congressional support must be secured in order for this important legislation to be considered.  Please WRITE TO CONGRESS TODAY!

A sample letter to your member of Congress may be found here.

View the NP Roundtable letter here.
ACT NOW!!  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

For Resources to Support Your Advocacy Efforts

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ACNP’s ADVOCACY RESOURCES.

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