As families across the nation celebrate Independence Day, AANP is focused on increasing access to health care for our veterans. On May 25, the Department of Veterans Affairs published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for nurse practitioners (NPs) and other advance practice registered nurses (APRNs) practicing in Veterans Health Administration facilities.
This proposal [RIN: 2900-AP44 – Proposed Rule – Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (81 Fed. Reg. 33155, May 25, 2016)] would authorize NPs to practice to the top of their education and preparation without physician supervision in all areas of practice with the exception of prescribing controlled drugs which remains under the authority of the federal Controlled Substances Act.
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners applauds this move to provide our nation’s veterans with direct access to the health care services of NPs and other APRNs.
Utilize the resources below for more information on the topic and to submit comments to the proposed rule.
- AANP Hails VA for Advancing Regulatory Proposal to Grant Veterans Full and Direct Access to Nurse Practitioners
- San Antonio Veteran Groups Partner with American Association of Nurse Practitioners to Support Veterans Access to Health Care
- AANP & Veteran Groups Call for Streamlined Access to Veterans’ Health Care
- Nursing Coalition and Veterans Groups Join Forces in Unprecedented Response to VA Proposed Rule to Increase Veterans’ Access to Care
AANP Responds – Media Coverage
- Letter | VA right to expand access to NPs
Courier-Journal.com (June 12, 2016)
- Nurse Practitioners Respond to Critics – NPs make case for wisdom of VA decision
MedPageToday (June 10, 2016)
- Letter to the editor: AANP president responds to ‘Physicians take issue with VA’s proposed rule for APRNs to work to top of license’
Becker’s Hospital Review (June 13, 2016)
- Scope of practice: How can we expand access to care?
POLITICO (June 20, 2016)
- Advocates urge support for VA proposed rule on APRNs
FierceHealthcare.com (June 28, 2016)
- Veterans Access to Quality Care Alliance Coalition Press Briefing
(June 28, 2016)
- National Media Campaign Television Spot