Understand and stay current on the issues impacting patients, health care and the nursing profession.

Key Issues

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.

Support Title VIII Reauthorization

Congress needs to hear from you. Title VIII Nursing Workforce programs are currently operating without an authorization. In today’s tight fiscal environment, programs without a current authorization run the risk of losing funding. Its critical Congress understands nursing workforce development programs are essential to ensuring there enough nurses to treat the patient population. Urge your legislators to support the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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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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FY 2018 Budget Proposal

President Trump's budget request, which is not binding, nearly early eliminates funding for nursing workforce development programs. Additionally, it proposes significant reductions to the Medicaid program but does not propose any direct reductions to Medicare funding. Read more

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

Preserve Coverage

The Senate is likely to vote in the coming days on new legislation to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. Urge your Senators to oppose Graham-Cassidy. 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