CAPNI has changed to the website provider ENP. There have been a few issues during the transition process but these are being addressed. Your patience and understanding during the transition is appreciated. The new website provides improved and expanded services that will enable CAPNI to communicate more efficiently with members and other organizations. Region representatives now have the ability to manage their own region’s site and still stay connected with the CAPNI state website. If you have not already done so, check out the website and make sure your personal profile is current. It is our hope that this new website will help grow CAPNI membership and maintain satisfaction among CAPNI members.
SENATE ENROLLED ACT 226: OPIOID PRESCRIBING
Senate Enrolled Act 226 is effective as of July 1, 2017. This limits the amount of an opioid prescription a prescriber may issue for an adult or child to a seven day supply. This applies to when prescribing the opioid for that individual for first time. There are exceptions, including cancer diagnosis, palliative care or medication assisted treatment for substance abuse. Go to https://iga.in.gov to review the Act in its entirety.
STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES
CAPNI’s Legislative Committee, led by Angi Thompson, plans to submit legislation during the 2018 Legislative Session. The goal of this legislation is to modernize APRN practice in Indiana by retiring the collaborative practice agreement (CPA) and have full practice authority (FPA) for APRNs in our state. This will reduce barriers to health care for Hoosiers, especially those in underserved rural communities. We again anticipate opposition from organized medicine. However, we expect to receive support from other stakeholders, including but not limited to ISNA, Indiana Rural Health, AARP and Indiana Hospital Association.
It is essential that all CAPNI members become engaged in this legislative endeavor. One of the lessons learned from 2017 was that there is a need to involve all Representatives and Senators, not just those on the health care committees. Therefore, we are requesting that every CAPNI member contact their legislators to establish a relationship and to educate them about APRNs and our legislative goals. We also need to enlist supportive testimony from physician colleagues and health care consumers.
The CAPNI website has resources available to help you prepare. It is important to start these strategies now to develop the needed momentum to introduce legislation next year.
In other states that have attained FPA, it has been this grassroots activism that has proved most effective.
ANNUAL APRN CONFERENCE
Planning for the CAPNI 2018 Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Conference has started. Calls for speakers, workshop presenters and poster presentations have been sent. Consider submitting if you have expertise to share with your colleagues.
The 2018 CAPNI Annual APRN Conference will be held in downtown Indianapolis. This new location will accommodate this growing conference.
February 15 and 16, 2018
Pre-conference Workshops February 14
Attendance to the Annual APRN Conference not only provides the opportunity to update skills and knowledge but also to network with colleagues and leaders in our profession.
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES
CAPNI FALL HEALTH POLICY CONFERENCE
Saturday, November 11, 2017
IU Health Neuroscience Center, Goodman Hall Auditorium 355 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
As with last year’s health policy conference, there will be a broad range of legislative and practice related topics presented by national and regional experts. This conference is a great way to update yourself on health policy issues and prepare yourself for becoming more engaged in the legislative process.
REGION 5 PHARMACOLOGY CONFERENCE
Friday, September 15, 2017
This conference offers a full day of pharmacology topics presented by national and regional experts. Go to the CAPNI website to register for upcoming events.
FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY
ACO IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2017 H.R. 1160
Even though the Affordable Care Act recognizes nurse practitioners as eligible to participate in Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s), under the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the statue prevents Medicare beneficiaries who receive care from NP’s from being assigned to ACOs. This legislation would correct this disconnect and allow assignment of nurse practitioners’ patients to Medicare shared savings ACOs. Please reach out to your Congressperson and ask him/her to support H.R. 1160. Contact Senators Donnelly and Young and request that they introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
HOME HEALTH CARE PLANNING IMPROVEMENT ACT S.445/H.R. 1825
This legislation will make it possible for nurse practitioners to provide necessary services for their Medicare patients by allowing them to certify their patients’ eligibility for home health services. Senator Donnelly is a co-sponsor of this bill but Senator Young is not. Contact Senator Young and ask him to cosponsor S.445. Contact your Congressman and request he/she sponsor H.R. 1825. Also send Senator Donnelly a message to thank him for his sponsorship.
PROMOTING ACCESS TO DIABETIC SHOES ACT, H.R. 1617 This legislation would ensure that patients with diabetes have access to therapeutic shoes. Currently, NPs must send their patients with diabetes who need therapeutic shoes to a physician to certify that need. Enactment of this bill would make it possible for NPs to provide this service, when necessary, for their Medicare patients. Contact your Representative and request that he/she co-sponsor this bill. Also contact Senators Donnelly and Young and ask that they introduce a companion bill in the Senate. You may go to AANP Advocacy Center to obtain letter templates.
You do not need to be an AANP member to do this. https://www.aanp.org
DEBRA BROCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The Debra Brock Memorial Scholarship was established to award students pursing an MSN or DNP in an Advanced Practice Nursing program. Debra Brock was one of CAPNI’s founding members. This year’s recipients of the Debra Brock Memorial Scholarship are Theresa Fullenkamp MSN, FNP and Amy Walker MSN, ACNP-BC. Both of these dedicated APRN’s are both pursing Doctoral of Nursing Practice degrees.
CAPNI 2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Later this year nominations will open for even numbered Region Representatives and for secretary. Consider supporting your profession and organization by running for one of these positions.
Cathy Cooper FNP-C