ANA Responds to the Administration’s Report on Reforming America’s Healthcare System – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the Departments of the Treasury and Labor, the Federal Trade Commission, and several offices within the White House, has released a report titled Reforming America’s Healthcare System Through Choice and Competition. The report is recommendations to improve the health care workforce and labor markets, health care provider markets, health care insurance markets and consumer-driven health care.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased that the report recommends broader scope-of-practice (SOP) statutes for all health care providers, including advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), that allow them to practice to the top of their license and full skill set. ANA is gratified that the report advises eliminating rigid “collaborative practice” and supervision requirements which can impede consumer’s access to care and limit the ability of providers to diagnose and treat a myriad of health care conditions. Removing these barriers to optimal practice is essential for underserved populations and in rural areas where patients rely on APRNs for timely care and lifesaving treatment.