As a nurse executive, you face many challenges in the daily pursuit of your job. What you may not realize is that there are a myriad of legislative challenges that could seriously impact the nursing profession as a whole. Congressional oversight dictates many of our own policies. The question is: do you want to have a seat at the table? Below are several issues that could be game-changers for our profession. We urge you to learn about each one and consider its impact on your ability to do your job.

Title VIII Reauthorization

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Act of 2017, H.R. 959. This a critical first step in bolstering our nation's nursing workforce. The legislation must pass the Senate, where it currently sits in the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. 

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Reauthorize Nursing Workforce Programs

The Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act would reauthorize critical Nursing Workforce Development programs through the fiscal year 2022. The Nursing Workforce Development programs (Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act) bolster nursing education at all levels, strengthen nursing education and fund institutions educating nurses to practice in rural and medically underserved communities.

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Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act

S.445 Sponsors: Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Cardin (R-Md.) H.R. 1825 Sponsors: Representatives Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Trent Kelly (R-Miss.), Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio), Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) Read more

MACRA -Quality Payment Program

When the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) became law, it permanently repealed the sustainable growth rate formula for physician payment. Currently, physicians participate in several overlapping Medicare reporting programs such as the electronic health records incentive program (Meaningful Use), the Physician Quality Reporting System and the value-based modifier. MACRA replaces these programs. Under MACRA there will be two pathways for physician payments. Read more

Elevate Nursing Research and Data

The work of nurses is caring for patients. Nurses rely on data driven research to improve patient outcomes, quality, safety and the delivery of cost effective care. Research shows certain kinds of information technology can limit errors as well as improve care and efficiency. Read more

Promote the Value of Nursing

In the redesign of the health care delivery system towards one driven by a team of health care providers in a patient-centered environment, it is important nurse leaders articulate the value of nursing in improved patient outcomes, and care coordination. Read more

Sustain and Grow Funding for Nursing

AONE advocates for funding Nursing Workforce Development programs authorized under Title VIII of the Public Health Service Act(42 U.S.C. 296 et seq.). These programs support the supply and distribution of qualified nurses to meet our nation’s increasing health care needs. Read more