Yesterday, U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced HR 2504, the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013. The legislation would allow PAs, NPs and clinical nurse specialists to order home health services for Medicare beneficiaries.
In an AAPA letter of support, AAPA President Lawrence Herman applauded the leadership of the bill’s sponsors, saying that the legislation will do much to improve access to and continuity of needed care for Medicare beneficiaries.
In her press statement, Rep. Schwartz stated, “These highly skilled healthcare professionals play a central role in the delivery of primary care, particularly in medically underserved areas, and are crucial to coordinating team-based care.”
All PAs are urged to contact members of Congress in support of this bill by visiting AAPA’s Legislative Action Center.