[MMA News Now, Oct. 31, 2013]
The MMA has signed on to an Oct. 28 letter asking the Department of Veterans Affairs to revise the draft of its Veterans Health Affairs (VHA) handbook on nursing that calls for designating advanced practice registered nurses (APRNS) as independent providers.
The MMA, which supports collaborative care teams, co-signed the letter with 23 specialty societies and 42 other state medical associations.
“We are concerned that some of the changes proposed may significantly undermine the delivery of care within the VHA while disregarding the states’ role in regulating the health and safety of their residents in the delivery of health care services,” the letter states.
The letter goes on to point out that health care leaders such as the Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente “are successfully using physician-led teams to achieve improved care, improved patient health and reduced costs.”
The organizations ask that the VHA to revise its nursing handbook to “ensure that current VHA policies in support of physician-led health care team and state-based licensure and regulation remain unchanged.”