Regulations and Comments

AACN has a rich history of submitting public comments on regulatory proposals, agency strategic plans, and congressional committee documents both independently and as a member of a coalitions active in both health policy and higher education.

Comments/Letters Submitted - Federal Agency

AACN Signs ACE Letter to DHS John Kelly on International Students Scholars

AACN Submits Comments to VA on APRN Practice Final Rule
On January 13, 2017, AACN submitted public comments to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regarding its final rule on APRN practice. AACN commends the VA for granting three of the four APRN roles (nurse practitioner, certified nurse-midwife, and clinical nurse specialist) the ability to practice to the full extent of their education and training, but urges the VA to extend this policy change to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) as well. AACN implores the department to more fully utilize CRNAs so that Veterans can receive timely care to high-quality anesthesia services. 

Comments Submitted - Congressional Committee

AACN Submits Comments on Medicare Relief Red Tape Project

APRN Evidence & Research

Promoting Health Care Competition through Regulatory Reform

FTC Staff Submit Comments to West Virginia Senate to Consider the Competitive Impact of Legislation Affecting Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Federal Trade Commission staff submitted written comments on the competitive impact of a legislative proposal to modify the supervision requirements imposed on APRNs in West Virginia, permitting some APRNs, under limited conditions, to write prescriptions without a formal agreement with a particular supervising physician.

Antitrust and the Future of Nursing: Federal Competition Policy and the Scope of Practice

The Federal Trade Commission Issues Recommendations on State Scope of Practice Legislation 
Over the last three years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has provided recommendations concerning state scope of practice legislation. Each time the FTC has offered comments, they support APRNs to practice to the full extent of their education and training. They recognize that the care provided by APRNs is safe, cost-effective and is essential for access to care.

Policy Perspectives: Competition and the Regulation of Advanced Practice Nurses
Federal Trade Commission

Reports and Articles on Promoting APRN Practice
Review the most current literature that supports APRN practice. Nationally recognized associations, respected news leaders, noted researchers, and evidenced based policy organizations weigh in.