Spotlight on NPs

Spotlight on NPs is a weekly article that highlights exciting achievements and activities of American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) members.

AANP Fellow Dr. Jan Towers was among the experts who shared MACRA pointers for nurse practitioners during a #TCPiChat on Twitter hosted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium. MACRA is the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, which is a complex piece of legislation that creates new billing formulas based on quality. Experts including Towers, Elizabeth Arend and Dr. Priya Radhakrishnan shared crucial information on the transition from fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements. View a summary of the chat on Storify.

Congratulations to AANP Fellow Dr. Carolyn Montoya, one of 22 AANP members who will be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing later this month. Read a press release about her recognition.

AANP President Dr. Cindy Cooke appeared on WSBA last week and discussed the role of nurse practitioners. She also shared the importance of modernizing regulations to give veterans full and direct access to the care NPs provide in VHA facilities.

“I believe I am here for a reason,” breast cancer survivor and AANP member Tina Spruell told a reporter from the Houston Chronicle.  According to an article profiling Spruell, she “believes that her own experience battling cancer has helped her grow even more passionate about women’s health and even more compassionate toward those who struggle with health problems.”

U.S. Congressional Representative Lynn Jenkins attended a presentation on health care policy by AANP member Shawn Raymond. Raymond urged modernization of legislation related to NP practice in Kansas and indicated that the current practice environment limits access to health care for patients in rural communities. Learn more.

AANP member Agnes Yahl was pictured in an article about the care and education she provides county employees in Waco, Texas. According to the article, “Allowing employees to see a nurse practitioner only five minutes from their work station encourages them to discuss health issues they might not otherwise.”

The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State recently honored AANP member Laura Markwick as the New York State Nurse Practitioner of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in underserved areas of New York State and who have advanced the profession through outstanding leadership, mentoring or education. Read the press release.

AANP member Dr. Jeanette Parker was among the authors of an Advance for NPs & PAs article titled “Combatting Infant Pertussis with Cocooning.”  According to the authors, “Support of cocooning presents an important advocacy opportunity for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). While some patients and their families who interact with infants may realize the importance of Tdap vaccinations, others likely do not appreciate the risks. NPs and PAs should leverage the contact and influence we have with families as well as individuals within our communities to encourage Tdap vaccination across the lifespan, per current CDC recommendations. In so doing, we will play a critical role in reducing the incidence of pertussis in the United States, especially in the very young.”

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