Action Needed: Make Your Voice Heard Today!
On December 30, 2019, in our Special Edition of the Government Affairs Update, we asked that you visit the AANP Advocacy Center to provide feedback to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding Medicare regulations that prevent clinicians from practicing to the full extent of their education and clinical training. Thank you to all who have joined this effort, and if you have not yet sent a letter, we encourage you to do so by the January 17, 2020, deadline. Below is a rerun of this call-to-action:
In October of 2019, the President signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled “Improving Medicare for Our Nation’s Seniors.” Section 5 of this order instructed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to propose a regulation within one calendar year of the EO on ways to remove barriers within the Medicare program that prevent clinicians, including NPs, from practicing to the top of their license. At the time that the EO was signed, AANP issued a statement of support. You may also recall that in 2017, the Trump Administration launched the Patients Over Paperwork initiative. AANP has been involved with this initiative focused on reducing clinician burden since its inception.
Recently, on December 26, 2019, in accordance with both the Executive Order and the Patients Over Paperwork initiative, CMS released a request for feedback on Medicare regulations that prevent clinicians from practicing to the full extent of their education and clinical training. This is an important part of the process, and we urge you to submit your comment through AANP’s Advocacy Center. This is our chance to once again highlight the barriers within the Medicare program that most impact NPs and ultimately your patients.
You can access AANP’s Advocacy Center from our website, and we encourage you to share this link with your fellow NPs. CMS is accepting comments until January 17, 2020. We anticipate that CMS will receive extensive feedback on this request, and it is incumbent upon us to make sure the NP voice is heard!