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University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell: Nurse Practitioners Are Key to Obama Health Care Reform, Call for Increased Federal Funding for Innovative Nurse-Managed Health Care
Date:5/8/2009

ce the risk of future health problems. We are proud of our support of this innovative model of care, but our support is not enough to sustain these centers. We need federal funding to bolster private sector support."

A FIVE-POINT PLAN

The National Nursing Centers Consortium, a non-profit organization comprised of Nurse-Managed Health Centers throughout the country, has a five-point plan with new ideas to increase access to health care, improve care for patients with chronic diseases, and improve the efficiency of the health care system:

  • Ensure Access to Care for the Underserved by Protecting the Government's Investment in Nurse-Managed Health Centers. Many Nurse-Managed Health Centers are affiliated with academic schools of nursing, and received federal start-up funding through the HRSA Division of Nursing. Although these centers serve a high percentage of uninsured patients, they often cannot qualify for the enhanced resources that the government offers Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). By increasing funding and reimbursement for this innovative model of care, the government can encourage the sustainability of existing primary care access points and help health centers offset the high costs of providing care to uninsured, low-income and vulnerable families.
  • Improve Geriatric and Chronic Care by Adopting an Inclusive Definition of the "Medical Home." Nurse practitioners are currently excluded from participating in a number of "medical home" initiatives - including the Medicare Medical Homes demonstration project administered by CMS - despite the fact that Nurse-Managed Health Centers serve as full-fledged primary care homes for hundreds of thousands of individuals. To ensure that America's increasing population of seniors has access to high-quality, comprehensive primary care models, it is essential that the concep
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SOURCE American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
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