AACN's Washington Weekly

Published October 14, 2020

AACN Comments on the Proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

On September 29, AACN submitted official comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed 2021 Physician Fee Schedule. AACN expressed support for CMS’ continued efforts to reduce restrictive and unnecessary regulatory burdens and eliminate wasteful Medicare expenditures, while increasing patient access to affordable, high-quality care. AACN also took the opportunity to offer specific recommendations, such as requesting that the Quality Payment Programs encourage and support clinical preceptors for all healthcare education, calling for CMS to continue to reduce barriers and increase access to telehealth, and amending statutory language to ensure that health-related federal committees and boards reflect diverse representation of the health workforce. Click here for AACN’s official comments.

President Trump Issues Mental Health Executive Order Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

On October 5, President Trump issued Executive Order (EO) 13954, Saving Lives Through Increased Support for Mental- and Behavioral-Health Needs. The EO calls for federal agencies to increase support for those seeking behavioral health treatment and develop a plan to address the mental health impacts of COVID-19. The order states that mental and behavioral health in the United States has worsened due to “stress from prolonged lockdown orders, lost employment, and social isolation.” To read the Executive Order, click here.

Join us for AACN’s Virtual Advocacy Day on Monday, October 19

As part of AACN’s Academic Nursing Leadership Conference, AACN plans to host a “virtual” Advocacy Day on Monday, October 19 where AACN Advocates will have the opportunity to send messages to Capitol Hill about issues impacting academic nursing. To join us on our Virtual Advocacy Day, sign up to be an AACN Advocate today! By signing up, you will receive an email the morning of October 19 with a request to send a message to your Members of Congress on priority issues. We look forward to having you join us virtually as we share a unified voice and elevate academic nursing! Sign up to be an AACN Advocate and follow us on Twitter @AACNPolicy today!

Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes

With less than a month until Election Day, AACN’s nonpartisan initiative, Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes, is here to support your voting plan! The initiative informs AACN members, deans, faculty, and students on how to amplify their voices during election season. Nursing Voices, Nursing Votes includes an Election Day countdown, state voter resources, registration deadlines, and absentee and mail-in ballot information. Currently, the initiative has over 250 participants from across the country. Our goal is to double the number before Election Day on November 3. Join the conversation and pledge to register and vote today!

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