AANP Conference Report
By Maureen Poe
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Health Policy Conference was a huge success. Fortunately, an end to the government shutdown and beautiful weather made it a great time to be in Washington, DC.
For those interested in public policy, I strongly recommend this conference. AANP does a great job orienting and assisting first-time attendees, civics lesson included! We heard from different policy and legislative strategy experts discussing the issues at the forefront of Congress.
The current predominate issues for AANP include improving Medicare patients' access to diabetic shoes, access to home health services, and recognizing NPs within Accountable Care Organizations.
Several CMS updates and other important issues affecting NPs and the current healthcare environment were also discussed. Some key topics included the opioid epidemic, palliative care, rural health, and telemedicine.
The conference also provided a great platform to network with NPs from other states. Collaboration between state organizations strengthens our ability to impact legislation at state and federal levels.
Again, I highly recommend this conference. If you are able to attend in 2020, it is an amazing opportunity to advocate on behalf of your profession on Capitol Hill.
Maureen Poe, GNP-BC, ANP-BC, CGCM
Join your friends at the 2019 GAPNA Annual Conference, October 3-5, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV.