I respect physicians, but sometimes I just don’t get how this kind of interference happens. Does Congress think Nurse Practitioners are so limited they can’t sign a home health plan? If anything, they have MORE experience in home health than docs. What do you think?
Check out this message from the American Nurses Association!
We know that a nurse anesthetist administers anesthesia during your father’s surgery.
We know a nurse practitioner diagnoses and treats illnesses for your grandmother.
We know a nurse midwife delivers your best friend’s babies.
We also know a nurse practitioner is perfectly capable of developing a home health plan of care and signing it themselves. Yet, Congress doesn’t seem to get it.
A quirk in the Medicare law has kept Advanced Practice Registered Nurses from signing home health plans of care and from certifying Medicare patients for the home health benefit. In areas where access to physicians is limited, this outdated prohibition has lead to delays in health care delivery. These delays in care not only inconvenience patients and their families, but also result in increased cost to the Medicare system when patients are unnecessarily left in more expensive institutional settings.
Tell your Members of Congress to support the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H.R. 2504 / S.1332), which will allow nurses to ensure quality and timely care is being delivered to patients across the country.
Thank you for taking a stand,
Your ANA Government Affairs Team