NAPNAP Goes to Capitol Hill

Executive members of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) are in Washington, DC today to represent advanced practice nursing professionals and promote children’s health within the United States.   This annual event, known as “Fly In,” is led this year by Mary Chesney, NAPNAP Health Policy Chair.  She is joined by Cheri Barber, NAPNAP President, Laura Searcy, NAPNAP Health Policy Member at Large, Dave Mason, NAPNAP’s Governmental Affairs Director, the NAPNAP Health Policy Committee and volunteers throughout the industry. 

Jill Gilliland, President of Melnic Consulting Group will participate for the second year to support NAPNAP’s legislative efforts, develop relationships among NAPNAP and federal legislators, and effectively advocate for NAPNAP’s top legislative priorities for 2012. 

Support and direct advocacy of the below topics are among the goals identified by NAPNAP’s Health Policy Committee:

  • Recognizing nurse practitioners and other pediatric health care providers as primary care providers and leaders in new models of care such as accountable care organizations and primary health care homes.
  • Promoting increased funding for advanced practice registered nurse education and development of faculty.
  • Expanding coverage and seeking fiscally responsible reimbursement by governmental and commercial payers for services provided by advanced practice nurses.
  • Ensuring that advanced practice nurses caring for pediatric patients are permitted to participate in any federal grant programs aimed at piloting new models of care or increasing the use of health information technology, and electronic medical records.
  • Promoting access to pediatric advanced practice nurses, physicians, and other health care providers across the care continuum regardless of setting.
Thank you to all those participating in this momentous event. 

View the full NAPNAP Health Policy Agenda 2012 or visit NAPNAP.org  to learn more.

Reference: napnap.org
To inquire about this topic or to view PNP jobs visit Melnic Consulting Group or contact: Jill Gilliland 800-886-7906 jill@melnic.com

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