AACN's Washington Weekly

Published June 03, 2020

MedPAC Appointments Include AACN Nominee, Dr. Betty Rambur

On May 21, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the appointment of AACN nominee Dr. Betty Rambur as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Dr. Rambur joins a highly qualified group of individuals who are experts in health policy on MedPAC, a nonpartisan commission that provides policy advice and analysis on the Medicare program to Congress.

Dr. Rambur is currently the Routhier Endowed Chair for Practice and Professor at the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing, where she focuses on Medicare policy, population health, cost containment, and reducing disparities and overtreatment. Previously, Dr. Rambur, a former dean, served as the only nurse on Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board and led South Dakota’s statewide health reform efforts resulting in health reform legislation. For more information on this appointment, read the GAO press release.

This appointment also comes through collective support and action by the Ad Hoc Nominations Consortium. This consortium is convened by AACN and is made up of national nursing organizations representing wide-ranging expertise in health policies to nominate experts in the nursing field for federal advisory committees, councils, and task forces. Please direct questions about nominations to AACN’s Director of Policy, Dr. Colleen Leners, at cleners@aacnnursing.org. 

COVID-19 Legislative Update: Congressional Hearings Overview

As Congress continues to address the COVID-19 pandemic, congressional committees have moved their hearings online. AACN has been virtually attending these hearings as they discuss current healthcare challenges at the state and national levels. This includes:

  • On May 27, the House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color. It is more important than ever to discuss disparities in health care that have only become more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view a recording of the hearing and read testimony from witnesses, click here.
  • On May 28, the House Education & Labor Workforce Protections Subcommittee held a hearing on the federal government’s work in protecting our frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Witnesses included representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). To view a recording of the hearing, view opening statements, and read testimony from witnesses, click here.
  • On June 2, the House Energy & Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing on how governors are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Governors Jared Polis (D-CO), Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI), and Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) discussed their state’s plans on testing capability, hospital capacity, and reopening of businesses. To learn more and to view a recording, click here.

AACN will continue to monitor Congressional Committee action on these important topics. For additional updates and new developments, please follow us on Twitter @AACNPolicy.

REMINDER: Comment Opportunity for Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The deadline to submit comments on the Nurse Faculty Loan Program’s (NFLP) Specific Data Form and on the NFLP-APR Financial Data Form is fast approaching! Please submit comments no later than June 11. All schools of nursing are encouraged to participate in this opportunity, as it impacts the amount of awards that go to institutions and in the collection of loan fund account activity data. For more information and to submit comments, view the Federal Register notice.

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