Tell Congress to support legislation that would help nurses meet patients' needs

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The AFT is urging healthcare members to ask their members of Congress to support an important piece of legislation from U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) that would protect the rights of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to meet their patients' needs.

McDermott's H.R. 3833 would make it easier for nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants and clinical nurse specialists to order durable medical equipment (DME), such as home blood sugar monitors and oxygen. Currently, some DME vendors require a physician to certify that a face-to-face patient encounter has taken place before filling DME orders, even though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has delayed implementation of the law requiring physician documentation. This legislation would clear up the confusion and empower advanced practice registered nurses to get their patients the equipment they need.

Use this link to ask your member of Congress to support H.R. 3833.