"As a result of mounting pressure by AANP, CMS has delayed the DME face-to-face physician documentation requirement. This is a victory for all NPs, and proof that maintaining a strong voice in Washington is critical to safeguarding the our profession.
But the challenges are far from over.
We will continue to fight the implementation of any new DME related regulations, and we are actively taking on all new threats to the our profession. This includes opposing the newly introduced bill titled "Protect Patient Access to Quality Health Professionals Act of 2013." If this legislation were passed, it would repeal a key patient‐centered provision that ensures access to the health care provider of choice for millions of Americans and would marginalize the role of NPs across the country.
As our health care delivery system continues to evolve, these challenges will not stop - they will only grow larger. We must do the same."
American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2013, September 19). Re: AANP's Victory in Washington [Electronic mailing list message]. http://www.aanp.org
With the collective voices of our members, the WOCN community was able to join with hundreds of other nurses to facilitate change in our health care system in support of nursing. Thank you to all who lent their voice.