Coalition News February 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Posted by: Leila Faucette
MEMBERSHIP MATTERS - Wendy T. Fletcher, DNP, APRN - KCNPNM President
In a world of smartphones and social media, it sometimes feels like we are “always on,” “always informed,” and “always connected”—but nothing could be further from the truth for APRNs who are not members of the KY Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives. We live in an ever-shifting practice climate from the federal, state, and even local level, and just when you think you’ve caught your balance, it’s time for things to shift once more.
At the federal level, the promised repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will likely change not only how we treat our patients, but also how we will be reimbursed for that care. As our state considers waiving the expansion of Medicaid, opting for a new way of doing business with those beneficiaries will present challenges you may not be able to foresee. And as always, fighting for our autonomy and breaking down the barriers and restrictions on our practice are ongoing at the local level, from the hospital doors to our own practices.
For these reasons and many more, there’s never been a more important time to be a member of the Coalition. KCNPNM has become a trusted and recognized stakeholder at the state level and through our partnership with AANP, we have a finger on the pulse of all things federal as well. We are the premier “trade organization” for KY’s 4,000+ advanced practice nurses, and we believe that the continuing education, advocacy, and network opportunities afforded by membership are second to none!
Membership benefits you because it allows you to know as soon as regulatory or statutory changes affecting your practice are being considered—usually long before they are even voted on or approved by legislators because we are at the table for you when these discussions are happening. Your membership helps the Coalition participate in those high-level meetings, which in turns helps keep you informed and up to date on practice, billing, reimbursement issues, as well as educational requirements. We work closely with the KY Board of Nursing to make sure our members are protected from the potential pitfalls of practice. We believe that no one works harder FOR YOU to elevate your role as an independent clinical decision maker, and we are fighting BESIDE YOU for independence in prescribing, but we can’t do it WITHOUT YOU. So please help us help you by joining or renewing your membership today. Together, WE CAN!
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Also in this issue
Legislative Update, Board Actions, AANP News, CNM Update, Conference info, Annual Meeting Notice, The Value of Membership: An Open Letter, Conference Features for Students: What's in it for me?, Coalition Media Contest, Join the FUN!, Rural Health Funding Initiative, Scholarship info, Call for Poster Abstracts,