ANA Working to Ensure Full Contributions of RNs on 2nd Anniversary of Affordable Care Act

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The American Nurses Association (ANA), an advocate for health system reform for more than two decades, has been working with federal agencies in the two years since enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure that patients have increased access to higher-quality health care, in large part by enabling registered nurses (RNs) to practice to their fullest capabilities.

As agencies engage in implementation of the law, ANA has been working to ensure that RNs are fully included as leaders and eligible health care providers in new, patient-centered, team-based models of care, such as “medical homes” and “accountable care organizations.” Equally important, ANA is urging that advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are specifically identified as primary care providers, and that nurse-managed clinics qualify as “Essential Community Providers” under state health insurance exchanges that launch in 2014.