Thursday, May 22, 2014

New York's Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act

Here is a great infographic on NY's recently passed Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act that summarizes the new law which takes effect on January 1, 2015 (the written regulations are still however, pending).

Monday, May 12, 2014

Podcast Interview

Check out my recent podcast interview by Barbara Phillips over at Sage Clinician. I am honored to have had the chance to discuss recent legislative developments in New York State with the passing of the Nurse Practitioners Modernization Act along with blogging, and more. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 2014 Updates & Interview at

Lots going on for nurse practitioners in New York these days! We are very excited to have the Nurse Practitiioners Modernization Act pass as part of the 2014-15 NY State Budget! This is a major step forward that eliminates the written collaborative agreement between a an experienced nurse practitioner and physician. We have been at work on this for a long time and it is an acknowledgement by stakeholders that nurse practitioners are key to increasing health care access across NY state. 

Also, check out my interview at They had asked me some thoughtful questions and I am glad to have the opportunity to answer them! 

That's all for now.....Hope everyone is well!  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Back in the Saddle

Wow - I randomly checked my blog and see that it's been THREE months since I last blogged! It's not from a lack of activity going on in the nurse practitioner world but more from having far too commitments than I have time for and unfortunately, my blogging has lagged behind a bit -- ok, a lot. While clinically, I am seeing tons of patients with nasty upper respiratory infections and good ole influenza (and the New York State mandatory mask requirement for health care workers if not vaccinated) is rearing it's ugly head.

Practically every day, we see more and more coverage of nurse practitioners in the mainstream media. These NPs are responding to health questions, giving advice on things from influenza vaccines to cervical cancer screening and opening up their own practices. That's not to say that the toxic and predictable vitriol against nurse practitioners has ceased though. If anything, it has been turned up even more. Yet, it's obvious that it is having less of an effect as stakeholders far and wide recognize the contributions of NPs and seek ways to reduce the arbitrary and outdated barriers facing nurse practitioners.

I believe (hope) we will see the discussions about nurse practitioners and other professions focus on patient outcomes rather than how many million hours of training one profession has over the other. Undoubtedly, 2014 will be filled with uncertainty and change with regard to health care. There is the obvious Affordable Care Act (ACA) that we all know about, there will also be the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014, and the meaningful use objectives of health information technology are still going strong. I also hope to have some regular blogging frequency with topics that are of interest. In the past, I've kept my topics focused on health policy, trends and, clinical content. I'm not sure what future direction I will take -- most likely it will be those topics and maybe some new. I am open to suggestions and would love to hear from you!

I've tried to update my blog roll with some newer NP blogs that I've come across. If you know of one that I don't have listed, let me know.

With that, I wish you a very Happy & Healthy 2014!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Monday, July 1, 2013

Encourage Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013

Encourage your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013

Enactment of the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2013 will make it possible for NPs to provide necessary services for their Medicare patients by allowing them to certify that patients under their care are eligible for home health care services. Passage of this legislation will reduce Medicare spending by eliminating duplicative services while also improving the quality and timeliness of care for the beneficiaries who require home health services.

Here is the link to the Bill, H.R. 2504 - To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program.

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